Bristol City fans celebrate their victory as they invade the pitch
Bristol City fans celebrate their victory as they invade the pitch

Roo revels in wild scenes, historic Utd shock

BRISTOL City will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi finals after continuing their giant-killing run against Manchester United.

The Championship side, currently third on the table and led by Socceroo Bailey Wright, are the first lower league side in the League Cup's history to beat top flight sides in four consecutive games. They've already eliminated Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace - but this something altogether different.

 

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United.

 

While Chelsea play Arsenal, the minnows are the next side tasked with pushing Pep Guardiola's side all the way in the Cup.

"I can't even remember it," says Joe Bryan about his stunning opener.

With 16 goals, they're the competition's highest scorers this season, and are now into the final four for the third time in their club's history, thanks to a result against Manchester United that they've waited 43 years to notch.

The club, which is impressing with their style of play on the park, had put themselves on the map off the park this term with their very creative gifs on Twitter celebrating goals this season.

"We scored eight goals in our first two games, seven different goalscorers, which meant seven different Gifs going out, and within a week it had become a bit of a craze - everyone was talking about it," Adam Baker, the head of media and communications, told The Times.

"The players were talking about it too. I think it has helped team spirit. They come in asking if they can do some more Gifs, trying to top one another. Aden Flint, this morning, was asking, 'How many hits did I get?'"

Bristol City's Bailey Wright, left, and Manchester United's Paul Pogba
Bristol City's Bailey Wright, left, and Manchester United's Paul Pogba

Korey Smith gave them quite the stage to show their social media strategy off to the world. Few will get more hits than this one!

"I don't score a lot but the lads are very happy when I do, as you can see. It is a dream come true," he said.

"A few times I made a run in behind and I wasn't being tracked so I said to the boys if I do get in behind look for me. And then I was lucky to get the shot off."

It sparked superb scenes at Ashton Gate for a club that has now won nine out of 11 games in all competitions this season, with Lee Johnson re-paying the club for backing him when he had suffered 15 defeats in 19 games, including eight losses on the bounce, to be in serious danger last season.

In fact, it was the Championship outfit, not the one second in the Premier League, which played the more endearing football as the club, owned by Steve Lansdown, valued at £1.7 billion, continues to build towards something special.

Party time for Bristol City
Party time for Bristol City

 

"Brilliant draw but first we have to get over this feeling," said Johnson, who said before the game he had bought a £450 bottle of wine to have a sit down with Mourinho after the game.

Bristol City players celebrate their victory as fans invade the pitch
Bristol City players celebrate their victory as fans invade the pitch

"Unbelievably proud. The players are a special group, not just in ability but in personality. Great goal from Korey, the lads were dying on their feet and we did not want extra time. I think it is the best moment in my or my dad's tenure, yeah.

"The players have been phenomenal: a young group, full of energy, every single one of these players will go down in folklore. We have gone through bad results and that has made us stronger. At times we looked like a PL side, the movement, the energy. I could not be prouder.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, left, and Bristol City manager Lee Johnson.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, left, and Bristol City manager Lee Johnson.

"I thank Jose Mourinho for his words before hand, and for the game. You don't want to see a pitch invasion but you have to understand the passion.

"I will not let them celebrate tonight, we have got a big game on Saturday. I think there won't be many fans turning up tomorrow for work, they'll be on the cider."

For United, it was a galling outing, with a team featuring Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and then Romelu Lukaku off the bench falling to a side worth £24 million in total.

"In the first half we lacked intensity. And when I say intensity I mean not just physically but mentally," Jose Mourinho, who has now lost to two lower league sides in his career, lamented.

"For some of us it was like one more day in the office, probably a day for some of them where they don't even want to come to the office!

"For the Bristol boys it was a big, big day for them, and you could see that."

But there was also peak Mourinho.

"They were a bit lucky. But they thought a lot to be lucky. They won the game in our best moment, where we can't react, when everyone was waiting for our goal.

"So I have to say they were a bit lucky.

"I congratulate them. I don't want me saying they are lucky to be the main thing of it. The main thing of it is that they won."

 

 

 

 

Fans surge onto their home patch to celebrate.
Fans surge onto their home patch to celebrate.
Fans lap up the historic moment.
Fans lap up the historic moment.
Scenes at the end of the League Cup.
Scenes at the end of the League Cup.
Bristol City's Josh Brownhill celebrates their victory
Bristol City's Josh Brownhill celebrates their victory
Bristol City fans celebrate their victory as they invade the pitch
Bristol City fans celebrate their victory as they invade the pitch


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