Crewe Alexandra earned a hard-fought point against Bristol City to stay one place outside the League One drop zone.

The visitors started well with early efforts from Matthias Pogba and Matt Tootle both going wide.

The Robins came close to breaking the deadlock through Marlon Pack's shot from 35 yards.

Crewe had a great chance to win it late on when the ball dropped to Tootle but his shot flashed across the face of goal from six yards.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill: "Probably a bit of an anti-climax today, I felt it was a real party atmosphere, I felt as though we needed to score in the game.

It wasn't quite that zip or that hunger that there has been in recent performances which is understandable, I've been waiting for about three weeks for that type of performance to come.

"It wasn't a bad one; it was almost that easy, we could pass it for fun. But we didn't have enough penetration certainly in the early part of the game.

"We needed to score a goal I felt today, I thought the crowd were terrific, absolutely terrific today, they have been since I've been at the club but I thought today they made it such a fantastic place."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Bristol City

  • 30 Moore
  • 11 Wagstaff (Burns - 70' )
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 36 Nosworthy
  • 03 Williams
  • 35 Osborne
  • 21 Pack
  • 08 Elliott
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas (Paterson - 72' )
  • 09 Baldock
  • 34 Gillett (Reid - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Moloney
  • 07 Kelly
  • 14 Reid
  • 19 Pearson
  • 24 Paterson
  • 27 Burns
  • 32 Richards

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 02 Tootle
  • 42 Grant
  • 05 Ellis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 20 Turton
  • 18 Nolan
  • 30 Ikpeazu
  • 09 Pogba (Inman - 87' )
  • 11 Moore

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 07 Clayton
  • 12 Ray
  • 14 Inman
  • 22 Evans
  • 29 Waters
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 14,477

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

1 1

Corners

5 5

Fouls

6 3

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol City 0, Crewe Alexandra 0.

90:00 +1:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Crewe Alexandra 0.

88:28

Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

86:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Bradden Inman replaces Mathias Pogba.

85:27

Attempt missed. Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

84:02

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

83:39

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

82:05

Foul by Wes Burns (Bristol City).

82:05

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:11

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

79:49

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bobby Reid.

79:14

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

77:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Simon Gillett.

71:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Martin Paterson replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

71:24

Liam Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:24

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

70:08

Attempt missed. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

69:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Scott Wagstaff.

67:31

Attempt missed. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

67:02

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

65:45

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:45

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

64:24

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

60:36

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

57:34

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Adam Dugdale.

56:16

Attempt saved. Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:23

Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:23

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

53:59

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

47:19

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol City 0, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol City 0, Crewe Alexandra 0.

39:36

Attempt blocked. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:47

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:47

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

37:30

Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).

37:30

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:01

Attempt blocked. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

36:06

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:06

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

31:41

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left.

29:57

Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

28:11

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

27:38

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

26:34

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

24:37

Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

16:53

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

13:35

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

13:35

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:00

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:58

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

7:02

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

4:03

Attempt missed. Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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