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Bristol City 0-1 Preston North End: Callum Robinson's goal enough for visitors

Callum Robinson of Preston North End celebrates scoring
Callum Robinson celebrates scoring his eighth goal of the season

Callum Robinson's eighth goal of the season, on his 150th appearance for the club, was enough to give visitors Preston three points at Bristol City and keep North End above the Championship relegation spots.

Robinson's finish from Daniel Johnson's pass gave the Lilywhites their first away win in the league this season, having previously only picked up three points and conceded 16 goals on the road.

City, meanwhile, have lost three games in a row for the first time since January.

Preston were the better side throughout and the hosts left the pitch to some boos from disgruntled fans as their dip in form continued.

City's Famara Diedhiou put an early headed chance over the bar and, at the other end, Sean Maguire nodded straight into the arms of home goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa.

Two errors by Adam Webster almost cost City dearly, firstly when he lost possession and Maguire's shot was saved by Maenpaa, who then had to react smartly to smother an effort from Tom Barkhuizen following an under-hit backpass.

Declan Rudd, back in the Preston goal in place of the suspended Chris Maxwell, kept his first clean sheet since the opening day of the season.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson:

"Individually we didn't get our game going and the frustrating thing is we didn't show our identity or have a spark. It hurts but we have to be careful not to be too down because we're still 13th and can stick a run together, although I understand that run seems a long way after a performance like that. Credit to Preston, they executed their game plan.

"We've got quality in the squad and it's my job to bring it out. I can only apologise. I'm upset because I want the fans to see a performance full of energy, brightness and gumption and they didn't get that today."

Preston North End manager Alex Neil:

"It was a pleasing performance. Probably the perfect away performance. That's us unbeaten in seven games and this is a difficult place to come. Defensively we were solid and we carried a threat going forward. I think everyone did their jobs today.

"The win was the most important thing for us and I think we've started to pick up a bit of momentum now and hopefully we can build on that."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32HuntBooked at 88mins
  • 22Kalas
  • 6BakerSubstituted forEliassonat 55'minutes
  • 4Webster
  • 3Dasilva
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21Pack
  • 12WalshSubstituted forPatersonat 55'minutes
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forTaylorat 64'minutes
  • 14Weimann

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 17Kelly
  • 19Eliasson
  • 20Paterson
  • 24O'Leary
  • 40Eisa

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Davies
  • 3EarlBooked at 79mins
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrowneat 74'minutes
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 75mins
  • 4Pearson
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forNmechaat 84'minutes
  • 7Robinson

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 8Browne
  • 9Moult
  • 13Crowe
  • 16Hughes
  • 21Barker
  • 45Nmecha
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
19,797

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home5
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 0, Preston North End 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Preston North End 1.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joshua Earl.

Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Bristol City).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Jack Hunt (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Ben Pearson (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Foul by Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lukas Nmecha replaces Sean Maguire.

Attempt missed. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Booking

Joshua Earl (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Davies (Preston North End).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Bristol City).

Booking

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Jack Hunt (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Paul Gallagher.

Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds1786329171230
4Sheff Utd179352719830
5West Brom1784537251228
6Derby178452520528
7Nottm Forest176922316727
8Swansea177551913626
9Blackburn176832021-126
10QPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan176291926-720
17Sheff Wed175572130-920
18Preston174672630-418
19Rotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull174491624-816
23Bolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich171881428-1411
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