Bristol City's resurgence continued as they came from 2-0 down to earn a point at Watford, thanks largely to an error from home keeper Scott Loach.

Carl Dickinson opened the scoring with a stunning drive from 30 yards out and Craig Beattie headed home after Mark Yeates hit the crossbar.

Marvin Elliott halved the arrears when he powered a header past Loach.

The Hornets keeper then allowed a back pass from Adrian Mariappa to roll into an empty net to level the scores.

Loach had little chance to make amends for his error as either side failed create any real chances to win the match.

The best opportunity fell to Troy Deeney for the home side with the last kick of the game. Iwelumo laid it back for the striker but his effort went just wide with David James beaten.

City are now six games unbeaten under new manager Derek McInnes and the win moved them out of the bottom three, at the expense of Nottingham Forest who slipped down to 22nd.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING GROUND

Bristol City manager Derek McInnes told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm delighted to come away with a point as it's clear we weren't at our best.

"As a team we never quite had that sparkle or shine that we've had in recent weeks.

"But in the second half what we did have was a real determination, we wanted to make the situation better and the players got their reward."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Watford

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hodson
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 06 Mariappa
  • 33 Nosworthy
  • 07 Yeates
  • 18 Kightly
  • 19 Buaben
  • 32 Hogg
  • 10 Iwelumo Booked
  • 37 Beattie (Deeney - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Bonham
  • 21 Mirfin
  • 04 Eustace
  • 09 Deeney
  • 25 Garner

Bristol City

  • 01 James
  • 04 Fontaine
  • 05 Nyatanga (Wilson - 89' )
  • 36 McGivern
  • 07 Elliott
  • 08 Kilkenny
  • 14 Skuse
  • 21 Cisse (Pitman - 83' )
  • 27 Adomah
  • 37 Pearson (Woolford - 65' )
  • 10 Maynard

Substitutes

  • 22 Gerken
  • 18 Wilson
  • 11 Woolford
  • 17 Bolasie
  • 34 Pitman
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 12,418

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

5 5

Corners

3 5

Fouls

13 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:54 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:02

Shot by Troy Deeney (Watford) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed left.

90:00 +1:42

Handball by Brett Pitman (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +1:34

Cross by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City), resulting in ball out of play.

90:00 +1:00

Foul by Mark Yeates (Watford) on Albert Adomah (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) from left channel, header by Brett Pitman (Bristol City) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (punched) by Scott Loach (Watford).

90:00

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

88:50 Substitution

Substitution Lewin Nyatanga leaves the field to be replaced by James Wilson.

87:16

Cross by Mark Yeates (Watford), clearance by David James (Bristol City).

85:56

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Yeates (Watford) to centre, clearance by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

85:22

Defending throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

83:59

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

83:28

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

83:16

Goal kick taken short by Scott Loach (Watford).

83:08

Attacking throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

82:37 Booking

Booking Chris Iwelumo (Watford) booked for unsporting behaviour.

82:15 Substitution

Substitution Bristol City substitution: Kalifa Cisse replaced by Brett Pitman (tactical).

81:52

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) on Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by David James (Bristol City) from own half, resulting in open play.

81:42

Cross by Prince Buaben (Watford), resulting in ball out of play.

81:16

Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

80:25

Chris Iwelumo (Watford) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Fontaine (Bristol City) from own half, passed.

79:03

Goal kick taken short by Scott Loach (Watford).

78:23

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martyn Woolford (Bristol City) to far post, save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).

78:13

Cross by Albert Adomah (Bristol City), resulting in ball out of play.

78:08

Cross by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City), resulting in ball out of play.

77:18

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

76:59

Cross by Martyn Woolford (Bristol City), header by Nicky Maynard (Bristol City) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

76:24

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

75:42

Chris Iwelumo (Watford) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by David James (Bristol City) from own half, resulting in open play.

75:00

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

74:45

Shot by Michael Kightly (Watford) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.

72:44

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

72:40

Cross by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City), resulting in ball out of play.

71:02

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Yeates (Watford) to centre, clearance by Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City).

69:54

Attacking throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

69:24

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City) on Lee Hodson (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Lee Hodson (Watford) from own half, passed.

69:10

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

68:53

Shot by Michael Kightly (Watford) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.

68:23

Attacking throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

68:12

Defending throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

67:56

Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

67:32

Attacking throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

67:27

Attacking throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

66:16 Substitution

Substitution Watford substitution: Craig Beattie replaced by Troy Deeney (tactical).

66:10

Attacking throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

65:31

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martyn Woolford (Bristol City) to near post, clearance by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).

65:16

Shot by Chris Iwelumo (Watford) left-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (tipped round post) by David James (Bristol City).

64:26 Substitution

Substitution Bristol City substitution: Stephen Pearson replaced by Martyn Woolford (tactical).

64:20

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

64:03

Shot by Albert Adomah (Bristol City) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.

63:53

Cross by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City), clearance by Jonathan Hogg (Watford).

63:41

Cross by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City), clearance by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).

63:01

Defending throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

62:52

Cross by Carl Dickinson (Watford), clearance by Kalifa Cisse (Bristol City).

62:20

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Bristol City) on Adrian Mariappa (Watford). Free kick taken left-footed by Carl Dickinson (Watford) from left channel, passed.

61:53

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

61:49

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

61:40

Header by Craig Beattie (Watford) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

57:56

Cross by Mark Yeates (Watford), header by Craig Beattie (Watford) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by David James (Bristol City).

57:26

Goal kick taken short by Scott Loach (Watford).

56:32

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

55:45

Attacking throw-in by Albert Adomah (Bristol City).

55:29

Goal kick taken short by Scott Loach (Watford).

54:45

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Watford) on Albert Adomah (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) from own half, passed.

54:20

Attacking throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

54:04

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

53:38

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

52:21

Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Watford) on Stephen Pearson (Bristol City). Free kick crossed right-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) from left channel, clearance by Craig Beattie (Watford).

51:06

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

50:35

Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

49:47

Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

49:20

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

48:56

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

48:24

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

46:46

Foul by Craig Beattie (Watford) on Liam Fontaine (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Fontaine (Bristol City) from own half, passed.

45:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Adrian Mariappa - Watford 2 - 2 Bristol C Own goal by Adrian Mariappa (Watford) right-footed (low centre of goal) from own half (18 yards).Watford 2-2 Bristol City.

45:04

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:26 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +2:17

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

45:00 +1:59

Shot by Mark Yeates (Watford) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), blocked by Liam Fontaine (Bristol City).

45:00 +1:38

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

45:00 +1:11

Attacking throw-in by Nicky Maynard (Bristol City).

45:00 +0:51

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) on Marvin Elliott (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) from right channel, passed.

45:00 +0:43

Attacking throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

45:00 +0:10

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Pearson (Bristol City).

45:00

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

44:12

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) on Marvin Elliott (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) from right channel, header by Liam Fontaine (Bristol City) from left side of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).

43:16

Assist (cross) by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City) from left channel.

43:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Marvin Elliott - Watford 2 - 1 Bristol C headed goal by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) (top-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Watford 2-1 Bristol City.

43:09

Cross by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City),

43:01

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

42:44

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

41:14

Assist (pass) by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) from right channel.

41:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Beattie - Watford 2 - 0 Bristol C Headed goal by Craig Beattie (Watford) (bottom-left of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Watford 2-0 Bristol City.

40:58

Cross by Mark Yeates (Watford), clearance by Liam Fontaine (Bristol City).

39:53

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

39:39

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

39:23

Cross by Mark Yeates (Watford), save (fumbled) by David James (Bristol City).

38:52

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

38:36

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stephen Pearson (Bristol City) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play.

38:17

Shot by Albert Adomah (Bristol City) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Scott Loach (Watford).

37:56

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

37:36

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

37:23

Attacking throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

36:59

Goal kick taken short by David James (Bristol City).

36:21

Cross by Albert Adomah (Bristol City), save (caught) by Scott Loach (Watford).

35:57

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Watford) on Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) from right channel, passed.

35:30

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

34:49

Cross by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City), clearance by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

33:19

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

31:55

Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

31:15

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

30:23

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) on Jonathan Hogg (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.

29:58

Foul by Chris Iwelumo (Watford) on Kalifa Cisse (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) from own half, passed.

29:39

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

29:27

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

29:08

Cross by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City), header by Liam Fontaine (Bristol City) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

28:41

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) to centre, clearance by Mark Yeates (Watford).

28:26

Shot by Nicky Maynard (Bristol City) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left.

28:08

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

28:01

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

27:31

Foul by Prince Buaben (Watford) on Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City). Free kick taken left-footed by Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City) from own half, passed.

25:46

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Watford) on Kalifa Cisse (Bristol City). Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Pearson (Bristol City) from right channel, clearance by Jonathan Hogg (Watford).

24:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Carl Dickinson - Watford 1 - 0 Bristol C Goal by Carl Dickinson (Watford) left-footed (top-right of goal) from left channel (25 yards).Watford 1-0 Bristol City.

24:01

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

23:34

Foul by Chris Iwelumo (Watford) on Kalifa Cisse (Bristol City). Free kick taken right-footed by David James (Bristol City) from own half, resulting in open play.

22:54

Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

22:41

Cross by Jonathan Hogg (Watford), clearance by Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City).

22:21

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

22:03

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

21:49

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

21:37

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

20:36

Goal kick taken short by Scott Loach (Watford).

19:59

Defending throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

19:46

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

18:55

Albert Adomah (Bristol City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Loach (Watford) from own half, resulting in open play.

17:27

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Yeates (Watford) to centre, save (caught) by David James (Bristol City).

17:19

Cross by Michael Kightly (Watford), blocked by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

17:00

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

16:24

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) to near post, header by Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City) from left channel (12 yards), over the bar.

16:09

Shot by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (tipped round post) by Scott Loach (Watford).

15:40

Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

15:31

Cross by Albert Adomah (Bristol City), resulting in ball out of play.

15:04

Cross by Carl Dickinson (Watford), clearance by Stephen Pearson (Bristol City).

14:53

Cross by Carl Dickinson (Watford), resulting in open play.

14:23

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

13:26

Foul by Liam Fontaine (Bristol City) on Michael Kightly (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Yeates (Watford) from left channel (30 yards), missed left.

12:57

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

12:12

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

12:08

Cross by Mark Yeates (Watford), resulting in ball out of play.

11:53

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

11:13

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

10:50

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City).

10:17

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

9:26

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

9:06

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

8:38

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

8:34

Cross by Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City), resulting in ball out of play.

8:14

Handball by Adrian Mariappa (Watford). Free kick taken right-footed by Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City) from right wing, passed.

7:30

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

7:22

Cross by Lee Hodson (Watford), resulting in ball out of play.

6:18

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

6:00

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

5:35

Goal kick taken short by Scott Loach (Watford).

5:14

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

4:54

Attacking throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

4:02

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

3:39

Foul by Mark Yeates (Watford) on Albert Adomah (Bristol City). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan McGivern (Bristol City) from left channel, passed.

3:03

Defending throw-in by Lee Hodson (Watford).

2:42

Defending throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

2:07

Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

1:29

Goal kick taken long by Scott Loach (Watford).

0:55

Attacking throw-in by Cole Skuse (Bristol City).

0:38

Goal kick taken long by David James (Bristol City).

0:16

Defending throw-in by Carl Dickinson (Watford).

0:00

The game begins.

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