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Bristol City 1-1 Aston Villa: Steve Bruce's side fight back to earn point

Birkir Bjarnason scores for Aston Villa
Birkir Bjarnason (number 20) also scored in Villa's 5-0 win over Bristol City on 1 January

Aston Villa fought back to earn a point at Bristol City, but Steve Bruce's side have now won only one of their past eight Championship games.

Villa boss Bruce was barracked by a section of home supporters following a home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in their previous outing, and further shouts calling for his dismissal could be heard in the closing seconds at Ashton Gate.

Josh Brownhill's low 25-yard shot wrong-footed Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland to put Bristol City in front, but Villa drew level just before the interval.

Conor Hourihane's set-piece was powerfully headed home by Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason as Villa kept up their record of scoring in every league match so far this season.

Villa's ex-Bristol City striker Tammy Abraham almost scored at the wrong end late on, inadvertently heading towards his own goal and then watching the ball cleared off his own line.

After a disjointed first half, Villa were far better after the interval and looked most likely to find a winning goal.

Midfielder John McGinn, who scored an incredible long-range volley in the loss to the Owls six days previously, went closest but Niki Maenpaa kept out his shot from 20 yards.

Abraham, who scored 26 goals for Bristol City in 2016-17, had a first-half goal disallowed for a nudge on Maenpaa and was replaced in the final minutes because of a calf injury.

The draw ensured City avoided a third consecutive league loss and leaves them one point outside the play-off places.

Bristol City assistant head coach Jamie McAllister told BBC Radio Bristol:

"Over the 90 minutes it was probably a fair result. Both spells had chances and spells when they dominated possession.

"It was a poor free-kick to give way at that moment in the game. It gave them a little lift coming out in the second half, but it happens and it's how you react.

"Every point in the Championship is valuable and it's a good point against a good side."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"We're disappointed not to win because we've had one or two terrible decisions go against us. There's nothing wrong with Tammy's goal, and we should have had a penalty.

"The goal we've conceded, whether it's a mistake or a deflection, was cruel on us. It was a tame effort, their first shot and we're behind.

"When your confidence isn't 100%, you have to roll up your sleeves and get back in the game and I thought we did that."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32HuntBooked at 47mins
  • 4Webster
  • 6Baker
  • 17Kelly
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forPatersonat 68'minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21Pack
  • 19EliassonSubstituted forWatkinsat 87'minutes
  • 10TaylorBooked at 57minsSubstituted forDiedhiouat 68'minutes
  • 14Weimann

Substitutes

  • 3Dasilva
  • 9Diedhiou
  • 12Walsh
  • 13Hegeler
  • 15Watkins
  • 20Paterson
  • 24O'Leary

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 15Jedinak
  • 21HuttonBooked at 62mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 10Grealish
  • 14Hourihane
  • 26KodjiaBooked at 26minsSubstituted forBolasieat 75'minutes
  • 18AbrahamSubstituted forAdomahat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 16Bree
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 23Campos Moreira
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
24,224

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Aston Villa 1.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

Foul by Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa).

Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Tammy Abraham.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marley Watkins replaces Niclas Eliasson.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

Adam Webster (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Niki Mäenpää.

Attempt saved. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Offside, Bristol City. Niclas Eliasson tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Yannick Bolasie.

Attempt missed. Adam Webster (Bristol City) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

Foul by Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa).

Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Offside, Bristol City. Josh Brownhill tries a through ball, but Adam Webster is caught offside.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa).

Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Yannick Bolasie replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Axel Tuanzebe.

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Famara Diedhiou replaces Matty Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson replaces Callum O'Dowda.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Birkir Bjarnason.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds105412081219
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Brom952222121017
4Sheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan95131411316
6Derby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City104331512315
9Sheff Wed104331515015
10Nottm Forest9351119214
11Aston Villa103521615114
12Norwich94231313014
13Blackburn93511111014
14Swansea934276113
15Bolton9333912-312
16QPR9315715-810
17Birmingham916278-19
18Stoke92341216-49
19Rotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich9054612-65
24Preston9126918-95
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