Jon Stead (47 mins)
Yannick Bolasie (82 mins)
Chris Wood ((90 + 4 mins) mins)
own(Jon Stead) (33 mins)
, Apr 9, 2012
Ground: Ashton Gate , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 19,003
Robins boosted by Fontaine return Bristol City go into their crucial relegation clash with Coventry in the npower Championship buoyed by the return of captain Liam Fontaine from suspension.
The centre-back has missed the Robins' last three matches after picking up a red card in the 2-0 home defeat to Watford on March 20 but is now back and available to manager Derek McInnes.
The City boss is also hopeful midfielder Stephen Pearson, who missed the vital 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday with a chest complaint, will be fit to feature but he is missing several other first-team players.
Lewin Nyatanga is out with an ankle problem and James Wilson has been ruled out for the season with his own ankle knock.
Midfielder Marvin Elliott (Achilles) and striker David Clarkson (ankle) will also remain sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.
Coventry will assess three or four unnamed players ahead of the trip.
Manager Andy Thorn kept his cards close to his chest regarding those facing fitness tests after Saturday's 2-2 draw against Peterborough as the Sky Blues complete two games in 48 hours.
Striker Clive Platt dropped to the bench at the weekend having struggled with a knock of his own and, after completing the final 17 minutes off the bench, will also be monitored.
Midfielder David Bell failed to make Thorn's matchday squad having recovered from his groin injury but will look to be involved at Ashton Gate.
Defenders Nathan Cameron, Richard Wood (both knee), Hermann Hreidarsson (shoulder) and midfielder Carl Baker (hamstring) are all out for the remainder of the season.
Bristol City vs Coventry
Last modified 17:42 09/04/12
Steady as you go for Robins Jon Stead scored for both teams as Bristol City moved four points clear of Coventry with a 3-1 victory in a crunch clash at the bottom of the npower Championship.
Home striker Stead netted a first-half own goal before wiping out the deficit early in the second period, and Yannick Bolasie, fresh from the bench, fired home the winner in the 82nd minute.
It gave the Robins, who had Brett Pitman sent off late on before adding a third goal through Chris Wood, breathing space with four games to play.
But for Coventry, who saw their seven-match unbeaten run come to an end, it could prove a critical blow to their survival hopes. They are the closest of the teams in the bottom three to safety, however Bristol City now look increasingly safe in 21st place.
Pitman and Stead gave Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy some early work to do with a couple of long-range efforts which found the target.
Ryan McGivern's 13th-minute header provided a sterner test for the goalkeeper but he did well to deny the defender after he made good contact with Albert Adomah's pinpoint free-kick delivery.
The visitors' first opportunity to apply some pressure of their own saw Gary McSheffrey whip in a corner which Dean Gerken punched clear with Cody McDonald and Clive Platt lurking.
Neil Kilkenny's superb half-volley from almost 30 yards flashed just wide as the hosts went close again.
A Robins player did get his name on the score-sheet with 33 minutes gone but Stead was credited with an own goal as he inadvertently flicked Sammy Clingan's free-kick beyond Gerken.
The home side responded well to the setback and after Cole Skuse's ambitious effort was well blocked by Richard Keogh, Kilkenny drilled another effort narrowly wide.
Despite heading into the interval behind, there were plenty of signs that Derek McInnes' men were still in the contest and within two minutes of the restart they were rewarded for their efforts.
Pitman swung in a corner, Skuse helped it on its way and Stead was there to bundle home from close range and make amends for his own goal.
With both sets of fans appreciating the huge importance of the clash there was an electric atmosphere inside Ashton Gate as the two sides went in search of a crucial three points.
The hosts were next to threaten and Richard Foster's cross was headed on target by Stead but Murphy showed quick reflexes to tip it over the bar.
After a flurry of corners Andre Amougou nodded home but referee Scott Mathieson spotted a foul by Stead on Murphy and the celebrations were cut short.
That was the lively Stead's last involvement after an eventful 66 minutes on the pitch as West Brom loanee Wood was introduced from the bench.
Bolasie came on with eight minutes to play, making an immediate and telling contribution as he turned in the box before steering a shot home from 12 yards.
Hopes of a comfortable finish appeared to have been dashed when Pitman was dismissed for a foul on Jordan Clarke but Wood's injury-time goal put the seal on a hugely important victory.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|27||Albert Adomah(sub 81)|
|37||Stephen Pearson(sub 77)|
|9||Jon Stead(sub 65)|
|10||Hogan Ephraim(sub 77)|
|17||Yannick Bolasie(sub 81)|
|39||Chris Wood(sub 65)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|3||Chris Hussey(sub 66)|
|12||Gary Deegan(sub 85)|
|14||Cody McDonald(sub 77)|
|18||Alex Nimely(sub 77)|
|31||Cyrus Christie(sub 66)|
|34||Gael Bigirimana(sub 85)|