Championship
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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

Formation 5-3-2

  • 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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Will Keane (Preston North End).

  12. Substitution

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

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by John Welsh.

  16. 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.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  20. Post update

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