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Bristol City 0-0 Swindon Town

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport at Ashton Gate

Ten-man Swindon held on to earn a point in a lively match against Bristol City.

City's Wade Elliott had the best chance of the opening period but his side-footed effort was saved.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas struck the post for the hosts, before Town midfielder Alex Pritchard was shown a straight red card for shoving Elliott to the ground.

The home side pressed hard, but Sam Baldock's header drifted wide and Emmanuel-Thomas shot tamely at Wes Foderingham as the visitors held out.

Mark Cooper's side may even have won it themselves but for goalkeeper Frank Fielding turning Ryan Harley's free-kick around the post and then producing a stunning double save to deny Michael Smith.

The result leaves Bristol City in 15th in League One, five points clear of the relegation zone, while Swindon remain ninth.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We started the game well and then I felt that Swindon came back into the game.

"I think we had the better opportunities in the first half. Had we taken one of those, it would have been a different game.

"When it became 11 against 10, we know what that's like. We had the same situation a few days ago and know how tough that can become."

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I'm very pleased with the effort. People question our spirit and desire but hopefully that's answered one or two critics.

"We were pretty comfortable at half-time, obviously the second half was a bit different. After [the red-card for Alex Pritchard] the 10 remaining players were outstanding.

"We reshuffled a little bit, it was a fantastic effort from the players.

"We've had to throw bodies on the line, they know they can rely on each other."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 8ElliottBooked at 56minsSubstituted forPatersonat 72'minutes
  • 2MoloneySubstituted forBurnsat 67'minutes
  • 35Osborne
  • 36Nosworthy
  • 3WilliamsBooked at 67mins
  • 17Cunningham
  • 34Gillett
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9Baldock
  • 11WagstaffBooked at 39minsSubstituted forPackat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Bryan
  • 19Pearson
  • 21Pack
  • 23Barnett
  • 24Paterson
  • 27Burns
  • 32Richards

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 28mins
  • 14McEveleyBooked at 64minsSubstituted forSmithat 86'minutes
  • 4Luongo
  • 40Stephens
  • 41Archibald-Henville
  • 11PritchardBooked at 55mins
  • 19ThompsonBooked at 2mins
  • 28Smith
  • 33BarkerSubstituted forKasimat 66'minutes
  • 7HarleySubstituted forGladwinat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Kasim
  • 21Smith
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 39Gladwin
  • 42Randall-Hurran
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
14,884

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 0, Swindon Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Swindon Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Troy Archibald-Henville.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ben Gladwin.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Yaser Kasim.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Alex Smith replaces James McEveley.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martin Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Louis Thompson.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by James McEveley.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Ben Gladwin replaces Ryan Harley.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wes Burns (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Martin Paterson (Bristol City).

  17. Post update

    Wes Foderingham (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  20. Post update

    Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves35238464214377
2Brentford35237559312876
3Leyton Orient37228770343674
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham361812667442366
6Peterborough361841458481058
7MK Dons37157155350352
8Walsall371213124140149
9Swindon37139155351248
10Sheff Utd34138133738-147
11Port Vale35144174655-946
12Bradford361015114844445
13Gillingham37136184960-1145
14Crawley32101393639-343
15Bristol City37915135459-542
16Coventry35149126463141
17Colchester35912143945-639
18Oldham37109184154-1339
19Tranmere36109174464-2039
20Carlisle36108183857-1938
21Stevenage36107193755-1837
22Crewe37910184269-2737
23Shrewsbury36713163447-1334
24Notts County3794244567-2231
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