Callum O’Dowda has ended his goal drought.
The Republic of Ireland international scored an excellent goal – his first since November 2017 – in Bristol City’s 2-2 draw with Norwich on Saturday evening.
O’Dowda was played through superbly by Marlon Pack, and the 23-year-old produced an emphatic finish off the underside of the crossbar, leaving Tim Krul with no chance in the Norwich goal.
Marco Stiepermann’s fine finish had handed the visiting Canaries a first half lead, but Famara Diedhiou drew Bristol level on the stroke of half time.
O’Dowda’s 53rd minute rocket fired the hosts in front, but Max Aarons’ header sealed a draw for title-chasing Norwich with 12 minutes remaining.
The draw has lifted Bristol to within six points of the play-off places, and O’Dowda was happy to be back on the scoresheet.
â€œIâ€™ve been quite unlucky with my illnesses, and I still probably havenâ€™t got over it 100%,” the Irish international claimed afterwards.
“So itâ€™s nice to get back in.
Terrific performance from the boys tonight. Feel unlucky to not get all three points.
Thank you for all the praise, feels good to get a goal and MOTM ⚽️👌#BristolCity
— Callum O'Dowda (@CallumODowda) December 15, 2018
â€œAs soon as Marlon picked it up, that was the first thought in my head. Thatâ€™s what I tried to do today â€” run in behind and cause a threat.
â€œIt was a great pass and I think it [the goal] took a deflection, but I didnâ€™t really care to be honest.â€
You can watch the full match highlights below.