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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."


Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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


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


Formation 5-3-2

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


  • 2Vermijl
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 16Browne
  • 22Brownhill
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson
  • 43Kirkland
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Marnick Vermijl.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Callum Robinson (Preston North End).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul Gallagher.

  14. Substitution

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

    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.

As It Stood

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21MK Dons2665152138-1723
22Bristol City2649132346-2321
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