sport news Stoke 0-2 Bristol City: Nakhi Wells and Andreas Wiemann score

Stoke 0-2 Bristol City: Nakhi Wells and Andreas Wiemann score as visitors continue impressive start Nakhi Wells and Andreas Wiemann scored as Bristol City won 2-0 against Stoke Wells scored just before half time before Weimann added another late on Bristol City have taken maximum points while Stoke have one point out of six 

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 15:57 BST, 20 September 2020 | Updated: 16:19 BST, 20 September 2020

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Lee Johnson always had Bristol City there or thereabouts when it came to the Championship play-offs in the last three seasons - even if they never quite got over the line.

Though it’s early days yet, there are some encouraging signs that Johnson’s former assistant Dean Holden may finally get them there.

They had an impressive hold on this contest, claiming a deserved three points. Most importantly, it is four wins from four in this fledgling season.

Nakhi Wells celebrates after his goal put Bristol City ahead in their clash versus Stoke

Nakhi Wells celebrates after his goal put Bristol City ahead in their clash versus Stoke

Wells showed impressive composure as he found the net during the Championship clash

Wells showed impressive composure as he found the net during the Championship clash

Andreas Weimann made sure of Bristol City's victory when he scored in the closing stages

Andreas Weimann made sure of Bristol City's victory when he scored in the closing stages

Nahki Wells scored on the stroke of half-time after Bristol dominated the opening 45. The way in which they shut down the game in the second-half was equally as impressive and Andreas Weimann capped a fine afternoon’s work by scoring late on to seal it.

But there are alarming signs that Stoke face a repeat of last season’s relegation strife. They may well have shocked Wolves in the Carabao Cup in midweek but they’ve scored just once in four matches now.

Worse still, the Potters didn’t muster a single shot on target here and Michael O’Neill doesn’t have to search too far to diagnose the malfunctions within his team.

Weimann is congratulated by his team-mates following his goa, which made it 2-0 to his side

Weimann is congratulated by his team-mates following his goa, which made it 2-0 to his side

The Northern Irishman looked thoughtful as he chewed gum in his technical area, mulling on a dearth of creativity and probably little chance of rectifying it now on the club’s shoestring transfer budget.

It could well be a long winter and had the Stoke fans been here, there would surely have been vocal frustration at such a toothless performance. You imagine Weimann’s second would have sparked a mass exodus.

By contrast, early round Carabao Cup successes against lower league opposition and last weekend’s league win over Coventry have afforded a bit of early momentum for Holden and his team.

And the visitors wasted little time getting on the front foot here. Stoke boss O’Neill had spoken

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