THERE is clearly no stopping Jed Wallace at the moment.
The mercurial winger scored his eighth goal this season to put Millwall on course for their first win at Ashton Gate since 2010.
And then he had a direct hand in Jake Cooper’s ultimately decisive goal to stretch Millwall’s unbeaten run under Gary Rowett to six games.
And his endeavours meant his last 11 outings in a Millwall shirt have yielded six goals and six assists.
The travelling Millwall fans in the Atyeo Stand began the evening by uniting with their hosts to pay an emotional tribute to City striker Benik Afobe’s tragic daughter Amora who died on November 29 at the age of two.
Afobe joined in with a rapturous minute’s applause just before kick-off and it looked as though his team-mates were keen to put a smile on his face when the game got under way.
Rowett’s team found themselves pushed onto the back foot straight away by a team who suffered defeat just once in Millwall’s previous dozen visits to Ashton Gate.
It looked as though it could be business as usual in the fourth minute when Andreas Weimann rounded Bartosz Bialkowski but Alex Pearce came to the visitors’ rescue by clearing a low shot.
It did not take long for Rowett’s side to get into their stride after that early scare, knocking the ball about with a composure and confidence that left their high-flying opponents struggling to get into enemy territory.
And the Lions made their early dominance count in the 11th minute when Wallace broke the deadlock to silence the home supporters with a low shot that made up for a lack of power with its accuracy.
After Shaun Williams won possession in midfield, the impish Wallace was sent in on goal by a smart pass from wing-back Mahlon Romeo and showed his would-be markers a clean pair of heels before beating former Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley’s dive from 12 yards.
It gave Rowett’s side a deserved lead and there was no sitting back from Millwall as Romeo and Wallace got at the left side of the City defence, producing a couple of inviting crosses that brought the best out of Wales international centre-back Ashley Williams.
With Jayson Molumby setting a stylish tone in central midfield, stroking the ball around in impressive fashion, Millwall continued to enjoy the upper hand.
And Tom Bradshaw could have doubled the lead following Shaun Hutchinson’s up-and-under but scuffed his shot wide.
With Pearce rising to the challenge of everything that City threw at him in central defence, Millwall looked ready to withstand anything that came their way.
Lee Johnson’s side served a reminder of their threat through talismanic skipper Josh Brownhill who saw a 25-yard drive whistle just inches wide on the half-hour but the threats were few and far between.
In fact, Romeo would have fancied his chances of putting his team further ahead when the ball broke kindly to him in space 30 yards from goal but a poor first touch took him wide and a wild effort into the crowd ensued.
The Lions continued to boss things after the break and the hosts – keen to build on an impressive 2-1 win at Fulham at the weekend – were limited to half-chances which came and went for Famara Diedhiou and Brownhill.
Cooper showed them how to finish in the 69th minute to put clear water between the sides when he rose above the City defence to nod Wallace’s free-kick past Bentley’s despairing dive before celebrating with the travelling fans.
The rain had stopped and Millwall looked home and dry but then substitute Callum O’Dowda set up a tense finale when he beat Bialkowski with a low shot from 15 yards out in the 83rd minute but, thanks to Cooper, the visitors stood firm.
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