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Bristol City 1-2 Preston North End

Greg Cunningham
Greg Cunningham's (second from right) goal against Bristol City was his first for Preston

Preston left-back Greg Cunningham's late goal gave North End victory over his former club Bristol City.

After an uneventful opening 45 minutes, the visitors went ahead when Robins defender Nathan Baker headed past his own goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

Aaron Wilbraham's deflected strike squeezed in moments later to equalise for the home side.

But Cunningham, who left City to join Preston in the summer, headed in off the post to snatch victory.

The result lifted the Lilywhites up to 13th in the Championship table, 13 points above 22nd-placed Bristol City - the team they finished 10 points behind in League One last season as both sides were promoted.

Defeat for Steve Cotterill's team also extended their winless run in the league to six matches, and means they have not recorded victory at Ashton Gate since 3 November.

They spurned a number of opportunities against Preston, with Wilbraham and substitute Bobby Reid both superbly denied by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, while Jonathan Kodjia's injury-time header hit the post.

But North End, who hit the woodwork through new boy Ben Pearson before Cunningham's 80th-minute winner, were able to hold on for their third league success in a row.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill:

"It was a difficult night for us. The players gave all they could give, but a lot of energy and emotion had been expended at West Brom on Saturday.

"We didn't have the normal snap about our game in the first half and Preston enjoyed it because we played to their strengths.

"My lads have left everything on the pitch. They are giving all they have, but we need to add bodies to our squad and that has been the case since May.

"These are tough times and we have to get through them. We deserved to win, but how many times have I said that this season?"

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

"We select a team to make life difficult for the opposition, but we also know we have good players capable of winning games.

"The first half was good from our point of view because our keeper hasn't had a save to make. We didn't pass the ball as well as we can, but we were professional and very solid.

"After we scored we were a bit sloppy for their equaliser, but after that the lads showed great character and we hit the post before grabbing the winner.

"Greg has been taking stick in training for not even looking like scoring. But it was a training ground routine tonight and a sweet moment for him, which he fully deserved."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 12O'Donnell
  • 5AylingBooked at 23mins
  • 4Flint
  • 17Baker
  • 2LittleSubstituted forBurnsat 77'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forReidat 57'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 23Bryan
  • 18WilbrahamBooked at 63minsSubstituted forAgardat 77'minutes
  • 22Kodjia

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 14Reid
  • 20Burns
  • 24O'Leary

Preston

  • 1Johnstone
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forVermijlat 89'minutes
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 4PearsonSubstituted forBrowneat 82'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forRobinsonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 16Browne
  • 22Brownhill
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
14,586

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Preston North End 2.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Marnick Vermijl.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Korey Smith.

Hand ball by Callum Robinson (Preston North End).

Wes Burns (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Nathan Baker (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Marnick Vermijl replaces Calum Woods because of an injury.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Ben Pearson because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Bristol City) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Preston North End 2. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Wes Burns.

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wes Burns (Bristol City).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Mark Little.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Eoin Doyle.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough25174437122555
2Derby261310338182049
3Hull25145636181847
4Burnley26129539231645
5Ipswich2612863631544
6Brighton26111143127444
7Sheff Wed2611963930942
8Birmingham2611783128340
9Cardiff2591063026437
10Wolves2610793534137
11Brentford26106103736136
12Reading2697103129234
13Preston2681082323034
14Nottm Forest2671182625132
15Leeds2671182730-332
16Huddersfield2687113536-131
17QPR2671093134-331
18Blackburn2561182322129
19Fulham2669114246-427
20Rotherham2673163244-1224
21MK Dons2665152138-1723
22Bristol City2649132346-2321
23Charlton2648142147-2620
24Bolton26211132142-2117
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