League One
Preston1Bristol City1

Preston North End 1-1 Bristol City

Aaron Wilbraham
Aaron Wilbraham's 18th goal of the season ensures the Robins remain heavy favourites for the League One title

Bristol City fought back to draw at fellow automatic promotion hopefuls Preston to maintain their eight-point lead at the top of League One.

Jermaine Beckford's overhead kick went wide for Preston and City's Aaron Wilbraham hit the bar early on.

North End took the lead in the second half when Beckford scored from Paul Gallagher's assist.

The Robins retaliated immediately with Wilbraham heading in Aden Flint's flick on to earn City a point.

Bristol City need just one more win to guarantee Championship football next season while Preston are five points clear of third-placed MK Dons with five games to go.

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Steve Cotterill: Bristol City manager on Preston draw

"It could have been three and maybe if you look at it with their goalkeeper [Sam Johnstone] being man of the match, he's pulled out three fantastic saves today - one from Kieran Agard at the end with a cross-shot and another two from Aaron Wilbraham.

"How he's kept the two out from Wilbraham I don't know.

"So with him getting man of the match, it probably says a lot about our performance today.

"I thought we were good in a pretty hot atmosphere for us."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 34Johnstone
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 22KingBooked at 30mins
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forWisemanat 84'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 24Johnson
  • 19Welsh
  • 12Gallagher
  • 3Laird
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forRobinsonat 84'minutes
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forDaviesat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Wiseman
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Davies
  • 15Woods
  • 18Little
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 27Robinson

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 24Tavernier
  • 7Smith
  • 21Pack
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forElliottat 90'minutes
  • 23Bryan
  • 19AgardSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 82'minutes
  • 18Wilbraham

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 8Elliott
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 12Saville
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
16,441

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Bristol City 1.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Jermaine Beckford.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wade Elliott replaces Luke Freeman.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt blocked. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Joe Garner.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Scott Wiseman replaces Chris Humphrey.

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Kieran Agard (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Bristol City 1. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Aden Flint.

Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Bristol City 0. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Preston North End 0, Bristol City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Preston North End 0, Bristol City 0.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City422611580364489
2Preston412312669343581
3MK Dons412210981404176
4Swindon402271166452173
5Sheff Utd4219111263491468
6Chesterfield421810146152964
7Rochdale411861767531460
8Fleetwood421611154545059
9Bradford411512145147457
10Barnsley42169175558-357
11Peterborough42176194650-457
12Gillingham421413155861-355
13Doncaster411412155155-454
14Oldham421412165263-1154
15Walsall411215143742-551
16Coventry421214164555-1050
17Scunthorpe411311175465-1150
18Port Vale42147214959-1049
19Leyton Orient411211185558-347
20Crawley421211194768-2147
21Crewe42138213871-3347
22Notts County411113174053-1346
23Colchester41128215166-1544
24Yeovil42810243268-3634
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