Brilliant Bazunu denies Ireland teammate to keep first home clean sheet since March
In a thrilling encounter, Southampton secured a 1-0 victory over Bristol City, with Kyle Walker-Peters scoring a stunning goal to extend their unbeaten Championship run to 10 matches. The right-back’s powerful strike from the edge of the box just after half-time proved decisive, handing Robins boss Liam Manning his first defeat since taking over from Nigel Pearson. This victory also marked Southampton’s first home clean sheet since March 4, aided by outstanding goalkeeping from Gavin Bazunu.
Throughout the first half, Southampton faced the challenge of breaking down Bristol City’s well-disciplined defensive setup. The heavy-coat-clad St Mary’s crowd had few moments to cheer, with Kamaldeen Sulemana’s burst down the left posing a threat, although his finish lacked the power to beat Bristol City’s goalkeeper Max O’Leary. Adam Armstrong and Tommy Conway had attempts for Southampton, while City’s best chances were expertly denied by Bazunu.
The pivotal moment arrived early in the second half, with Adam Armstrong’s seemingly blocked path turning into an opportunity as he found Walker-Peters. The right-back showcased skill and precision, curling the ball into the top corner with his left foot, securing his second goal of the season just 109 seconds into the half.
In other Championship action, Sammie Szmodics celebrated his new contract with Blackburn by scoring two crucial goals in a thrilling 4-2 victory over Birmingham. Wayne Rooney’s team dominated the first half, with Siriki Dembele hitting the woodwork, but Szmodics capitalized on defensive lapses in the second half. His 47th-minute lob over John Ruddy and a lofted finish five minutes later took his goal tally to 13 for the season.
Although James Hill added another for Blackburn, Birmingham mounted a comeback with Dembele scoring two classy goals, bringing them back into contention. Despite Harry Leonard securing the points for Blackburn with an injury-time strike, Birmingham suffered their seventh consecutive away defeat.
This win propels Blackburn to seventh place with three victories in their last four games, while Birmingham finds themselves in a challenging position having lost seven consecutive away matches.