Neil Redfearn remained cool on the prospect of being the next Leeds United manager after his caretaker spell in charge brought three points at wintry Ashton Gate.
The home side finished with nine men after having defender James Wilson and winger Yannick Bolasie sent off on a treacherous pitch and goals from Robert Snodgrass, Ross McCormack and Luciano Becchio made it a day to remember for Redfearn, who described at as “an honour” to be in charge of a Leeds team.
He added: “I feel I am capable of doing the manager’s job and have the necessary experience in the game.
“But the decision will be made from above and I am not stupid. I realise some big names are being linked with the vacancy.
“I will just keep doing the job the board have asked of me and if I am teeing things up for someone else to take charge then so be it.
“For now I am just delighted to have helped the players get a great result and rebuild some confidence.”
Snodgrass opened the scoring in the 40th minute with a low drive from McCormack’s pass after City had dominated without finding a killer finish.
Just before the break Wilson sent McCormack tumbling as he threatened to break clear and as last man was rightly sent off by referee James Linington.
Bolasie was booked twice in as many minutes for fouls early in the second half and from then on City’s nine men struggled to prevent a rout.
McCormack made it 2-0 with another left-foot shot in the 79th minute and after a succession of chances went begging, Becchio blasted the third past David James in stoppage time.
City manager Derek McInnes said: “I thought the referee got one sending-off right and the other wrong. Wilson didn’t get a touch on the ball so he had to go, but the red card for Bolasie was very harsh.
“The Leeds player made the most of the challenge for his first booking and there was no intent to bring his opponent down when the second yellow card was issued.
“The decisions affected the game, but we can’t blame the result on them. We were naive in certain situations and need to learn the lessons from that.
“I was short of defenders through injury even before Wilson’s sending-off so I will be trying to bring someone in on loan as soon as possible.”
City were on top until the Snodgrass goal, but may live to rue the decision to sell top scorer Nicky Maynard to West Ham.
Albert Adomah’s fifth-minute shot was well saved by Andy Lonergan, who later denied the same player with a more straightforward stop.
Lonergan was more fortunate in the 26th minute when he spilled a shot from former Leeds midfielder Neil Kilkenny, but no City player was on hand to net the rebound.