Zak Vyner Onyego stands tall despite Bristol City’s loss to Leeds United

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STARS ABROAD Zak Vyner Onyego stands tall despite Bristol City’s loss to Leeds United

Mark Kinyanjui 10:32 - 03.02.2024

Onyego was forced to defend like his life depended on it as Leeds United subjected Bristol City to alot of pressure throughout the match.

Kenyan prospect Zak Vyner Onyengo was busy as Leeds United overcame Bristol City 1-0 to move up to second in the Championship.

Onyego had to be resolute considering Bristol were under a lot of pressure during the match. He made six clearances and blocked three shots.

He also made a combined five tackles and interceptions but did have a temporary relapse moment as he committed an error that led to a shot.

He won three out of his five attempted ground duels, and won one aerial duel. Ultimately, the Robins could not find a way to prevent defeat to the Peacocks.

Wilfried Gnonto opened the scoring early in the second half, netting his second goal of the season and marking his first league start since December 29.

Bristol keeper Max O'Leary made crucial saves in the first half, denying Georginio Rutter from close range.

Leeds had several opportunities to extend their lead, with Glen Kamara coming close to doubling the tally shortly after Gnonto's goal, but his shot narrowly missed the target.

 In contrast, Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier had a relatively quiet night, as Bristol City struggled to break their winless streak, now stretching to six games. 

Meanwhile, Leeds secured their fifth consecutive league victory, a feat last achieved in July 2020 when they earned promotion to the Premier League.

The win at Ashton Gate propelled Leeds from fourth place to the automatic promotion spots, surpassing Ipswich and Southampton, who were set to play on Saturday. 

On the other hand, Bristol City's league struggles continued, with their last win dating back to Boxing Day, leaving them firmly in mid-table.

 Despite Leeds' dominant performance, they will surely be scathing at the fact they did not  secure a more substantial winning margin.