Wade Elliott's 75th-minute equaliser denied Preston all three points as Bristol City continued to ease their relegation fears.

Joe Garner missed a trio of first-half chances for the hosts, while Sam Baldock shot wide for City.

Jack King's deflected effort put North End in front after 69 minutes.

But Elliott levelled six minutes later with a shot from the corner of the area that also took a nick as it went in to take it past Declan Rudd.

While Preston remain comfortably placed in the play-off spots, City are now six positions and four points above the relegation zone.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"If it was an arm wrestle, I would say that they had the bend on us in the first half.

"Only slightly we both looked like we were feeling each other out.. That's what happens when you have a 3-5-2 facing a 3-5-2 sometimes - you can cancel each other out.

"But I thought they were slightly better in the first half in regards to their use of the ball, but I felt as though we were the better in the second half."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol City

  • 01 Fielding
  • 11 Wagstaff
  • 03 Williams
  • 18 El-Abd Booked (Cunningham - 45' )
  • 35 Osborne
  • 36 Nosworthy
  • 08 Elliott Booked
  • 21 Pack
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas (Barnett - 82' )
  • 24 Paterson (Burns - 72' )
  • 09 Baldock

Substitutes

  • 02 Moloney
  • 07 Kelly
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 19 Pearson
  • 23 Barnett
  • 27 Burns
  • 30 Moore

Preston North End

  • 23 Rudd
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 06 Wright
  • 05 Clarke
  • 22 King
  • 19 Welsh Booked (Brownhill - 66' )
  • 37 Kilkenny
  • 11 Holmes (Browne - 67' )
  • 17 Davies (Davies - 83' )
  • 14 Garner

Substitutes

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 02 Keane
  • 03 Laird
  • 09 Davies
  • 12 Gallagher
  • 30 Brownhill
  • 31 Browne
Ref: Robert Lewis
Att: 12,537

Match Stats

Shots

8 13

On target

3 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

12 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +3:18 Full time

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

90:00 +1:30

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high.

90:00 +1:05

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

90:00 +0:02

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

90:00 +0:02

Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:54

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Alan Browne.

86:13

Foul by Wes Burns (Bristol City).

86:13

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:31

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

82:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Craig Davies.

81:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Tyrone Barnett replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

81:30

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

81:30

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:12

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

74:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 1, Preston North End 1. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

73:38

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

72:19

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

71:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Martin Paterson.

68:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 0, Preston North End 1. Jack King (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

68:14

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:06 Booking

Booking Wade Elliott (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

68:00

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

67:18

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

66:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Lee Holmes.

65:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces John Welsh.

65:15

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

62:16

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:16

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

60:20

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.

59:39

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack King.

58:54

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

57:31

Attempt saved. Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

56:57

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack King.

55:37

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

55:37

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:01

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by David Buchanan.

48:28

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

46:36

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol City 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Adam El-Abd.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol City 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +1:02

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:02

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

44:06 Booking

Booking John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

43:39

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

43:39

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:28

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

37:04

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

37:04

David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:39

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

35:29

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

34:24

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

33:44

Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

33:11

Attempt saved. Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

32:08 Booking

Booking Adam El-Abd (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

32:00

Lee Holmes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:56

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Bristol City).

31:03

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

28:28

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

28:28

Martin Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:04

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:04

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

23:29

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

23:29

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:54

Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

21:08

Attempt missed. Jack King (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

20:18

Lee Holmes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:18

Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Bristol City).

16:20

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Neil Kilkenny.

13:04

Foul by Lee Holmes (Preston North End).

13:04

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

12:35

Foul by Craig Davies (Preston North End).

12:35

Adam El-Abd (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:51

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

8:06

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

8:06

Martin Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:08

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:08

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

3:54

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Karleigh Osborne.

0:25

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

0:25

Jack King (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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