Albert Adomah goal helps Bristol City beat Middlesbrough but divides opinion
Albert Adomah’s goal for Bristol City against Middlesbrough on Saturday divided opinion among those who witnessed it.
Having replaced the injured Jon Stead early in the first half, the Ghana international made his presence felt when accepting a sweeping pass from Neil Kilkenny, cutting inside Boro defender George Friend and curling a left-footed shot beyond keeper Jason Steele and into the top corner of the net via the inside of an upright.
If Adomah’s sixth goal of the season – City’s first in a 2-0 win – brought Ashton Gate to its feet, managers Sean O’Driscoll and Tony Mowbray were somewhat less fulsome in their appreciation.
City head coach O’Driscoll said: “I thought it was a bit fortunate. He’s taken responsibility, stepped inside on his left foot and had a go. If you don’t shoot, you don’t score.
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“Goals like that normally go in against you when you are bottom of the league. Middlesbrough are at the top end of the league, but I’ll take that all day long.
“I was pleased to see it go in. But even if it had flown over the stand or hit the corner flag, we still would have told him ‘well done.’ You have to give people confidence.
“That is why I did not score many when I played. If you don’t shoot, you don’t score.”
Mowbray reasoned: “That is the sort of goal you concede when things are not going you way.
“The ball seemed to take an age to go in – it was as though everything was happening in slow motion.”
But Adomah’s team-mate, Steven Davies, was full of praise for the winger, describing his goal as “fantastic.”
He said: “I was not surprised to see the ball go in, because Albert does that sort of thing every day in training.
“He may not have caught it sweetly, but he knew where it was going. I watched the ball go over my head and towards goal in case it came back out and gave me a chance.
“In the end, I didn’t have to follow it in, because it curled in beautifully.”