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Bristol City 1-1 Preston North End

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:

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Post-match: Bristol City's Cotterill

"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."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 3Williams
  • 18El-AbdBooked at 33minsSubstituted forCunninghamat 45'minutes
  • 35Osborne
  • 36Nosworthy
  • 8ElliottBooked at 69mins
  • 21Pack
  • 10Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forBarnettat 82'minutes
  • 24PatersonSubstituted forBurnsat 72'minutes
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 2Moloney
  • 7Kelly
  • 17Cunningham
  • 19Pearson
  • 23Barnett
  • 27Burns
  • 30Moore

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 7Humphrey
  • 16Buchanan
  • 6Wright
  • 5Clarke
  • 22King
  • 19WelshBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBrownhillat 66'minutes
  • 37Kilkenny
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forBrowneat 67'minutes
  • 17DaviesSubstituted forDaviesat 83'minutes
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 2Keane
  • 3Laird
  • 9Davies
  • 12Gallagher
  • 30Brownhill
  • 31Browne
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
12,537

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Alan Browne.

Foul by Wes Burns (Bristol City).

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

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

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

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

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

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.

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Martin Paterson.

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.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

Substitution

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

Substitution

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

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

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

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Humphrey.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack King.

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

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack King.

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

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

Second Half

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves41279574254990
2Brentford40259665362984
3Rotherham402212677482978
4Leyton Orient412211873383577
5Preston412016557391876
6Peterborough40194176154761
7MK Dons41177175855358
8Swindon41169165854457
9Port Vale41176185566-1157
10Walsall411414134542356
11Sheff Utd401411154143-253
12Bradford411116145251149
13Coventry411611147171049
14Gillingham40146205467-1348
15Bristol City411017146364-147
16Oldham411211184657-1147
17Crawley381113144048-846
18Colchester411013184557-1243
19Tranmere401110194970-2143
20Carlisle401110194061-2143
21Crewe411110204976-2743
22Shrewsbury41914183750-1341
23Notts County41124255572-1740
24Stevenage41109224061-2139
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