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Preston1Bristol City1

Preston North End 1-1 Bristol City

Aaron Wilbraham
Aaron Wilbraham's goal was his first for City in a month

Bristol City slipped into the bottom three despite earning a late point at Preston with Aaron Wilbraham's header.

Luke Freeman twice forced fine finger-tip saves from Preston keeper Jordan Pickford, while Joe Garner hit the crossbar from 30 yards for the hosts.

Neil Kilkenny broke the deadlock with a long-range shot high into the net.

Pickford later turned Wilbraham's shot behind at the near post but, with 10 minutes remaining, the striker headed in Joe Bryan's cross at the near post.

City had late chances to win the game but missed out on earning their second victory of the Championship season.

The visitors had the best of the first-half chances through Jonathan Kodjia and Freeman, but a combination of great defending and good goalkeeping kept the scores level at the break.

The deadlock was broken through former Bristol City midfielder Kilkenny and, after chances were wasted from Wilbraham and Mark Little, it looked like Preston would hold on for victory.

However, Wilbraham's bullet header at the near post levelled the game and the visitors could have won it but Bryan, Kieran Agard and Freeman's free header from just six yards out all failed to find the net.

Preston boss Simon Grayson: "Overall I thought we played well. It was like a basketball game at times.

"We're just pleased to have stopped the rot because when we've lost the games against the three top teams as we have the next thing you want to do is at least get a point on the board.

"Overall we're satisfied with what we've done."

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill: "Without a shadow of a doubt we deserved more. I just thought we were brilliant.

"I'm really proud of the team to play that kind of football at such a difficult venue.

"We are an attacking team and that's why those fans will be going home really pleased with their performance."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forDoyleat 72'minutes
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Cunningham
  • 8KilkennySubstituted forBrowneat 85'minutes
  • 19Welsh
  • 11Johnson
  • 24MaySubstituted forKeaneat 85'minutes
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 9Keane
  • 13Doyle
  • 15Woods
  • 16Browne
  • 22Brownhill
  • 43Kirkland

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 16MooreSubstituted forLittleat 65'minutes
  • 4Flint
  • 17BakerSubstituted forWilliamsat 14'minutes
  • 5Ayling
  • 7Smith
  • 21Pack
  • 15Freeman
  • 23Bryan
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forAgardat 87'minutes
  • 18Wilbraham

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 3Williams
  • 8Robinson
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 14Reid
  • 19Hamer
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
9,963

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away12
Fouls
Home7
Away12

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. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Cunningham with a cross.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Korey Smith.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mark Little.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Keane (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Will Keane replaces Stevie May.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Neil Kilkenny.

Offside, Bristol City. Frank Fielding tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by John Welsh.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Bristol City 1. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

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

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Stevie May (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Neil Kilkenny.

Offside, Bristol City. Jonathan Kodjia tries a through ball, but Mark Little is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Eoin Doyle replaces Chris Humphrey.

Attempt missed. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt missed. Mark Little (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

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

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Stevie May (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City).

Jordan Pickford (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Mark Little replaces Liam Moore.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Korey Smith.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton7610115619
2Middlesbrough7421124814
3Burnley7421118314
4Hull7412105513
5Ipswich74121212013
6Cardiff7331107312
7Birmingham6321117411
8Nottm Forest732276111
9QPR63121110110
10Derby724176110
11Reading723210649
12Charlton72328719
13Fulham62229818
14Leeds71517708
15Wolves6213810-27
16MK Dons721468-27
17Bolton714236-37
18Sheff Wed7133710-36
19Preston713347-36
20Huddersfield713359-46
21Brentford6123912-35
22Bristol City7124915-65
23Blackburn603347-33
24Rotherham7025716-92
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