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‘That was for the fans’ – Brownhill

Match winner Josh Brownhill has dedicated City’s Severnside derby victory to the supporters.

The two teams met for the 93rd competitive time, with Brownhill’s sumptuous strike enough to settle a 1-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Lee Johnson’s men were backed by a sold-out away end in South Wales, who cheered on the Robins to their first victory on Bluebirds turf since December 2002.

“I know we hadn’t won here for a long time so I think that one was definitely for the fans,” Brownhill said in his post-match interview with Robins TV.

“It was a tough game. We know what they are about, we know they are going to cause problems with the players they have, the way they play but I thought we were excellent. We deserved the win and we defended very well.”

Kasey Palmer had only been on the pitch just four minutes when he fed Tommy Rowe in midfield. He charged towards the middle, releasing Brownhill who needed one touch before blasting the ball beyond Neil Etheridge from 25 yards.

Callum O'Dowda celebrated his teammates' strike

“I think I’ve waited a long time for one of them,” Brownhill said, when asked how it ranked. “I’ve hit a few over the years which the keeper has saved or have hit the bar so for one to go in, especially here in a derby is brilliant.

“The fans were brilliant all the way through, so to score the goal was for them.”

And for Brownhill it was an all-round performance, as they defended to keep a clean sheet intact and head into the next international break on the back of a positive result.

The on-field captain said: “Sometimes you have to ride your luck, they hit some which came off the crossbar but we had a good few chances where we could have put the game to bed. Overall, we defended absolutely outstandingly.

“It’s always massive to get the win before the international break because you have to wait two weeks before you get back out on the pitch but it was a good performance and we can go into the break very happy.”

The Robins will be back in action at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, November 23rd (3pm KO).