Kenyan defender puts FA Cup exit behind by helping Bristol beat Middlesborough


STARS ABROAD Kenyan defender puts FA Cup exit behind by helping Bristol beat Middlesborough

Mark Kinyanjui 07:50 - 11.02.2024

The Kenyan prospect was no-nonsense as he helped Bristol City to a priceless victory over Middlesbrough just a few days after getting dumped out of the FA Cup

Harambee Stars prospect Zak Vyner Onyego helped Bristol City put an end to their six-game winless streak in the English Championship with a 2-1 triumph against struggling Middlesbrough.

Onyego took a no-nonsense approach to his defending in the evening, making 10 clearances and two blocks, and also won his only attempted ground duel to help the Robins bounce back after a draining midweek exit from the FA Cup via penalties against Premier League strugglers Nottingham Forest. 

This win marked their first three-point haul since the Boxing Day victory over Watford and extended Boro's home struggles to just one win in seven games.

Jason Knight, who had previously scored in the cup loss at the City Ground, netted his second goal in as many weeks. 

He capitalised on a well-timed pass from Rob Dickie, maneuvering past Tom Glover to open the scoring.

 Shortly thereafter, Matty James seized the ball following a productive sequence involving Taylor Gardner-Hickman, slotting in a clever finish off the post.

Boro attempted a response through Finn Azaz who saw his quick attempt denied by Bristol City's goalkeeper Max O'Leary. 

O'Leary continued to thwart Sam Greenwood's attempt after he sneaked in behind the defence in the second half.

In stoppage time, substitute Sam Silvera managed to reduce the deficit by getting the final touch to Azaz's delivery. 

However, Boro's struggles in front of goal, compounded by the absence of Emmanuel Latte Lath and the departure of Morgan Rogers, could prove detrimental to their aspirations for a playoff spot.

Onyego is born to a Kenyan father and an English mother and could represent Harambee Stars in future.

Time is, however, running short for him to decide his international future as he currently is 26.

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