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Bristol City 2-2 Bradford City

Christopher Routis
Christopher Routis denied Bristol City three points at Ashton Gate

Leaders Bristol City maintained their unbeaten start to the League One season but had to settle for a point against Bradford City.

Aden Flint headed in early on, only for Billy Clarke to level for the visitors before the break.

Centre-back Flint gave City the lead again when he capitalised on an error from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

But with five minutes remaining, Christopher Routis fired in off the woodwork to rescue a point.

City have now made their best start to a season in 60 years, going 14 games unbeaten in the league, and have not lost in their last 20 matches, a run stretching back to March.

But Steve Cotterill's side were left disappointed after twice throwing away the lead against a plucky Bradford, who had come off the back of two defeats.

League One standings
PlayedGDPoints
1Bristol City 141532
2Peterborough14826
3Preston121225
4MK Dons121223
5Notts County13823
6Sheffield United13323

The hosts broke the deadlock on eight minutes when an unmarked Flint rose to meet Luke Freeman's free-kick and headed in.

But Bradford drew level from Mark Yeates' set-piece, which was sent into the box and nodded in by Clarke.

And the Bantams went close to taking the lead minutes later but Clarke and Andy Halliday both struck the woodwork in quick succession.

City went on the attack immediately after the break, with captain Wade Elliott and fellow midfielder Marlon Pack shooting over from distance.

Flint thought he had netted the winner when he stabbed home with eight minutes remaining but Routis equalised again with a half-volley off the crossbar.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Points West:

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Cotterill on Bristol City v Bradford

"Maybe they (Bradford) thought that was a good point down here. Teams will think that, especially at the moment.

"The big thing for us was that our boys kept on trying to win the game. We went right to the death.

"That's why we've won so many games, because of the players' desire to win.

"It would have been nice if we'd have won as we could have had our lead extended by eight points."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 4Flint
  • 22Ayling
  • 2Little
  • 8Elliott
  • 21Pack
  • 15Freeman
  • 23BryanSubstituted forCunninghamat 62'minutes
  • 18WilbrahamBooked at 24mins
  • 19AgardSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 20Burns

Bradford

  • 1Pickford
  • 18Routis
  • 23McArdle
  • 5DaviesSubstituted forSheehanat 38'minutes
  • 3Meredith
  • 17Kennedy
  • 8Liddle
  • 25HallidaySubstituted forMoraisat 73'minutes
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forHansonat 68'minutes
  • 14Yeates
  • 16Stead

Substitutes

  • 4Dolan
  • 6Sheehan
  • 7McLean
  • 9Hanson
  • 11Knott
  • 12Williams
  • 20Morais
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
12,548

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home19
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Bradford City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Bradford City 2.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Christopher Routis.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Bradford City 2. Christopher Routis (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Filipe Morais with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Filipe Morais (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Bradford City 1. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Stead (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Filipe Morais replaces Andy Halliday.

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Kieran Agard.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. James Hanson replaces Billy Clarke.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Gary Liddle.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Bristol City).

Billy Clarke (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

Mark Yeates (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Joe Bryan.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Christopher Routis.

Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Mark Yeates (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Andy Halliday (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Bristol City).

Mark Yeates (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Agard (Bristol City).

Mark Yeates (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1495030151532
2Peterborough148242214826
3Preston1274123111225
4MK Dons1272327151223
5Notts County136522012823
6Sheff Utd137242118323
7Swindon1264225151022
8Oldham145722116522
9Rochdale136252315820
10Chesterfield135442320319
11Fleetwood145451513219
12Bradford145451818019
13Crawley145271323-1017
14Colchester144461920-116
15Leyton Orient133641515015
16Barnsley134362022-215
17Doncaster124261220-814
18Port Vale143471723-613
19Gillingham143471320-713
20Coventry143471523-813
21Yeovil143471223-1113
22Crewe144191230-1813
23Walsall142661115-412
24Scunthorpe143381728-1112
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