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Bristol City 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Daryl Murphy celebrates his equaliser with Nottingham Forest team-mates
Daryl Murphy started up front for Nottingham Forest ahead of £6m summer addition Lewis Grabban

Daryl Murphy's second-half goal earned big-spending Nottingham Forest an opening-day Championship draw at Bristol City.

Bristol City debutant Andreas Weimann was quick to endear himself to the home fans, beating Costel Pantilimon with a header off the underside of bar just moments after the Forest goalkeeper had denied Callum O'Dowda.

The Robins went close to a second soon after, only for Ben Osborn to clear a firm header from Marlon Pack off the line.

Murphy, who saw a low first-half shot hit the post, levelled with a flicked header from a pinpoint Adlene Guedioura cross immediately after the break.

Bristol City had another new arrival Niki Maenpaa to thank for rescuing a point, with the Finland goalkeeper keeping Joe Lolley out with a diving save late on.

While a record summer of spending - having paid around £25m for 11 new players - has raised expectations from Nottingham Forest, it was striker Weimann, who moved to Ashton Gate from Derby, who made the biggest impression in the first 45 minutes.

Just seconds after former Manchester City and Watford keeper Pantilimon kept out a left-foot shot from the unmarked O'Dowda, Weimann met a Niclas Eliasson cross to nod home.

Gil Dias - on his Forest debut alongside fellow Portuguese attackers Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves - burst forward to create the visitors' best chance of the first-half for Murphy, who saw his effort deflected onto the post by Nathan Baker.

Murphy's equaliser eventually came less than a minute into the second-half and sparked Forest to life.

And while Bristol City were made to defend for long periods, Joe Bryan tested Pantilimon from the edge of the area before the last chance of the match fell to Lolley, whose shot was expertly pushed away by Maenpaa.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol: "I thought we started really well, buoyed by a fantastic crowd, we managed to get a goal early, we dominated the first half.

"Second half, you have to be honest and say it was a different story, their quality shone through, it was difficult to contain them at times, but I thought we showed a lot of heart in the way we defended."

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We need to go to the pitch with a good attitude and the same intensity as our opponents.

"We haven't had any problems in pre-season, I think and I hope we have learnt from that the mistake [the goal] and I hope it is the first and last one that we make."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32Hunt
  • 4Webster
  • 6Baker
  • 3Bryan
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forEisaat 80'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forSmithat 68'minutes
  • 14Weimann
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forTaylorat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pisano
  • 7Smith
  • 10Taylor
  • 12Walsh
  • 17Kelly
  • 24O'Leary
  • 40Eisa

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 20DawsonSubstituted forPereira Figueiredoat 87'minutes
  • 4Fox
  • 11Osborn
  • 8WatsonBooked at 90mins
  • 5GuédiouraBooked at 50mins
  • 31Bastião DiasBooked at 60minsSubstituted forLolleyat 80'minutes
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoBooked at 81mins
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 9MurphySubstituted forGrabbanat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pereira Figueiredo
  • 6Colback
  • 7Grabban
  • 12Smith
  • 14Cash
  • 18Robinson
  • 23Lolley
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
22,395

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Booking

Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Adam Webster (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tobias Figueiredo replaces Michael Dawson.

Attempt missed. João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Niki Mäenpää.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

Attempt saved. Korey Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest).

Mohamed Eisa (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Mohamed Eisa replaces Niclas Eliasson.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley replaces Gil Dias.

Attempt saved. João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

Attempt blocked. Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Carvalho.

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lewis Grabban replaces Daryl Murphy.

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

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Matty Taylor replaces Jamie Paterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Korey Smith replaces Callum O'Dowda.

Delay in match (Nottingham Forest).

Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Hunt (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Gil Dias.

goal

As It Stood

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2Wigan11003213
3Bolton11002113
4Derby11002113
5Swansea11002113
6Preston11001013
7Birmingham10102201
8Blackburn10102201
9Ipswich10102201
10Middlesbrough10102201
11Millwall10102201
12Norwich10102201
13Bristol City10101101
14Nottm Forest10101101
15Aston Villa00000000
16Hull00000000
17Leeds00000000
18Stoke00000000
19Sheff Wed100123-10
20Reading100112-10
21Sheff Utd100112-10
22West Brom100112-10
23QPR100101-10
24Rotherham100115-40
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