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Ciaran Clark
Ciaran Clark scored his third goal of the season to rescue a point for Newcastle against Bristol City

Ciaran Clark scored a late header as Newcastle came from 2-0 down to draw at home to struggling Bristol City.

City, who had lost 10 of their previous 13 games, took a shock lead when 37-year-old Aaron Wilbraham headed home.

David Cotterill made it 2-0 soon after, capitalising on a defensive error.

But Korey Smith's own goal and Clark's header extended Newcastle's unbeaten run in the league to seven matches, although Brighton's win in the late game knocked them off top spot.

The Magpies are now one point behind the Seagulls, who won 3-0 at home to Reading.

Bristol City were booed off the pitch following Wednesday's home defeat by Fulham, a result that left them two points above the relegation zone.

But head coach Lee Johnson, who was publicly backed by owner Steve Lansdown on Friday, saw his side go 2-0 up inside the opening 21 minutes at St James' Park.

However, once Smith had turned into his own net with Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey looming, the home side always looked likely to force an equaliser.

Ayoze Perez was denied by Aden Flint's superb goal-saving challenge, before Christian Atsu dragged a shot just wide.

And Newcastle's pressure was eventually rewarded when, with eight minutes remaining, Clark bundled in from close range to secure a point.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez told BBC Newcastle:

"We didn't start well and we made mistakes, but the reaction was really good.

"When you analyse the whole game I will take the positives.

"It was a pity that we didn't win because I think we deserved something more, but at the same time we have to improve."

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson:

"I'm very proud of the players because this is a very difficult place to come - a Premier League club in waiting. No doubt they will get promoted.

"We had four academy graduates playing in front of 52,000 people. I thought our energy and our work rate was top notch.

"It's not ideal to concede two when you are 2-0 up, but I will take the positives after a very difficult week.

"That's the marker now. Not the result, but the attitude and the willingness to work for the team."

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 22Yedlin
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2Clark
  • 3Dummett
  • 12Shelvey
  • 4ColbackSubstituted forDiaméat 58'minutes
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17PérezSubstituted forGouffranat 79'minutes
  • 30Atsu
  • 45Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 5Hanley
  • 8Anita
  • 15Diamé
  • 20Gouffran
  • 21Elliot
  • 27Gámez
  • 33Murphy

Bristol City

  • 33Giefer
  • 26Vyner
  • 4Flint
  • 42Wright
  • 3BryanSubstituted forMagnussonat 71'minutes
  • 6O'NeilBooked at 82mins
  • 32CotterillSubstituted forHegelerat 90+2'minutes
  • 7SmithSubstituted forPackat 82'minutes
  • 14Reid
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 18WilbrahamBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Taylor
  • 20Paterson
  • 21Pack
  • 23Magnusson
  • 31Hegeler
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
52,131

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Bristol City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Bristol City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Atsu following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fabian Giefer.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Jens Hegeler replaces David Cotterill.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

  9. Post update

    Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Aden Flint.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fabian Giefer.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Newcastle United. Ciaran Clark tries a through ball, but Yoan Gouffran is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Bristol City. Zak Vyner tries a through ball, but Aaron Wilbraham is caught offside.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Newcastle United 2, Bristol City 2. Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) with an attempt from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Korey Smith.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoan Gouffran replaces Ayoze Pérez.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

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