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.
“I’ve been quite unlucky with my illnesses, and I still probably haven’t got over it 100%,” the Irish international claimed afterwards.
“So it’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
“As soon as Marlon picked it up, that was the first thought in my head. That’s what I tried to do today — run in behind and cause a threat.
“It was a great pass and I think it [the goal] took a deflection, but I didn’t really care to be honest.”
You can watch the full match highlights below.