Bristol City 0-0 Swindon Town

Ten-man Swindon held on to earn a point in a lively match against Bristol City.

City's Wade Elliott had the best chance of the opening period but his side-footed effort was saved.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas struck the post for the hosts, before Town midfielder Alex Pritchard was shown a straight red card for shoving Elliott to the ground.

The home side pressed hard, but Sam Baldock's header drifted wide and Emmanuel-Thomas shot tamely at Wes Foderingham as the visitors held out.

Mark Cooper's side may even have won it themselves but for goalkeeper Frank Fielding turning Ryan Harley's free-kick around the post and then producing a stunning double save to deny Michael Smith.

The result leaves Bristol City in 15th in League One, five points clear of the relegation zone, while Swindon remain ninth.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

Steve Cotterill

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Post-match: Bristol City's Cotterill

"We started the game well and then I felt that Swindon came back into the game.

"I think we had the better opportunities in the first half. Had we taken one of those, it would have been a different game.

"When it became 11 against 10, we know what that's like. We had the same situation a few days ago and know how tough that can become."

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

Mark Cooper

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Post-match: Swindon manager Cooper

"I'm very pleased with the effort. People question our spirit and desire but hopefully that's answered one or two critics.

"We were pretty comfortable at half-time, obviously the second half was a bit different. After [the red-card for Alex Pritchard] the 10 remaining players were outstanding.

"We reshuffled a little bit, it was a fantastic effort from the players.

"We've had to throw bodies on the line, they know they can rely on each other."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3523844377
2Brentford3523752876
3Leyton Orient3722873674
4Preston36181441668
5Rotherham36181262366
6Peterborough36184141058
7MK Dons3715715352
8Walsall37121312149
9Swindon3713915248
10Sheff Utd3413813-147
11Port Vale3514417-946
12Bradford36101511445
13Gillingham3713618-1145
14Crawley3210139-343
15Bristol City3791513-542
16Coventry3514912141
17Colchester3591214-639
18Oldham3710918-1339
19Tranmere3610917-2039
20Carlisle3610818-1938
21Stevenage3610719-1837
22Crewe3791018-2737
23Shrewsbury3671316-1334
24Notts County379424-2231
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