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Bristol City 1-2 Preston North End

Jordan Hugill (left) and Daniel Johnson (right)
Daniel Johnson (right) has scored three goals in his past three league games

Daniel Johnson scored late on as Preston continued their improved form by inflicting a sixth Championship defeat in seven games on Bristol City.

Simon Makienok volleyed in Callum Robinson's cross from inside the area to give the visitors the lead.

Aaron Wilbraham then headed in an equaliser with 12 minutes to go.

But Johnson found the net with a tame shot from a difficult angle seven minutes later as North End claimed their second win in three games.

Having held firm with the hosts dominating the early stages, North End took the lead as Makienok latched onto Robinson's cross when unmarked in the box.

The visitors should have been 2-0 up by half-time as Robinson collected Makienok's knock-down before firing a shot against the crossbar.

Tammy Abraham hit the post for City in the second half and should have done better when he headed over after Wilbraham had equalised.

But Preston claimed all three points thanks to Johnson, who beat young goalkeeper Ivan Lucic at his near post as Simon Grayson's side extended their unbeaten run against City to seven games.

Bristol boss Lee Johnson:

"We have to work through this period. It feels like Groundhog Day.

"In the first 20 minutes some of the football we played was fantastic, then we give away a really, really poor goal. Bad positioning from our back four has meant we conceded without Preston needing to produce any real quality.

"After that players who were performing at eights and nines dipped to fives and sixes. Then we managed to get ourselves back into the game, but still couldn't see it out.

"Enough is enough and tweaks need to be made. We need a couple of signings in the January transfer window to help the group.

"It's never easy in January, but I know what I want. There is a lot right and a little bit wrong at the moment, but the latter is driving me insane."

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson:

"We have had a good week, with seven points from nine and two good away performances.

"Bristol City came out of the traps fast and we had to weather the storm. We were under the cosh, but we got through it and the first goal was always going to be important.

"It was a great ball in from Callum Robinson and an excellent finish by Simon Makienok. After that I felt we looked comfortable until they equalised.

"A lot of character was shown to win the game from then on. You have to defend well because Bristol City get balls into the box and have some big lads in there.

"Christmas always means a quick turnaround of games, but we go into it with momentum. We won't get ahead of ourselves and have some tough matches coming up, but we will enjoy the next few days."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 29Lucic
  • 27Matthews
  • 4Flint
  • 23Magnusson
  • 3Bryan
  • 21PackSubstituted forWilbrahamat 64'minutes
  • 6O'Neil
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forPatersonat 76'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 14ReidSubstituted forBrownhillat 75'minutes
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 8Brownhill
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12O'Donnell
  • 16Engvall
  • 17Moore
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 20Paterson

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 27Baptiste
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Cunningham
  • 4PearsonBooked at 90mins
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHugillat 84'minutes
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 8Browne
  • 14McGeadyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forVermijlat 80'minutes
  • 9Makienok

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 2Vermijl
  • 6Wright
  • 16Grimshaw
  • 17Spurr
  • 18Pringle
  • 25Hugill
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
18,619

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home21
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Preston North End 2.

Gary O'Neil (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Makienok (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross.

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary O'Neil.

Booking

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Preston North End 2. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Makienok.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marnick Vermijl following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Callum Robinson.

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Bristol City).

Simon Makienok (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Marnick Vermijl replaces Aiden McGeady.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Matthews with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Preston North End 1. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Matthews with a cross.

Attempt missed. Simon Makienok (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bristol City).

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson replaces Luke Freeman.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Josh Brownhill replaces Bobby Reid.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Makienok.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Marlon Pack.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Bobby Reid with a headed pass.

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

Callum Robinson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Bristol City. Gary O'Neil tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle22161545172849
2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2212463029140
4Huddersfield2212372626039
5Leeds2212282622438
6Sheff Wed2211472623337
7Derby2210662315836
8Birmingham229762729-234
9Fulham2289538281033
10Norwich2210393734333
11Preston229583027332
12Barnsley229493835331
13Aston Villa2161052221128
14Brentford2284102728-128
15Ipswich227782224-228
16Bristol City2283112827127
17Nottm Forest2275103539-426
18Wolves226792830-225
19QPR2165102030-1023
20Cardiff2265112436-1223
21Burton2257102330-722
22Blackburn2255122737-1020
23Wigan2246121827-918
24Rotherham2224162148-2710
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