Championship
Bristol CityBristol City1Aston VillaAston Villa1
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 1, Aston Villa 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Tammy Abraham.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Marley Watkins replaces Niclas Eliasson.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Niki Mäenpää.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Adam Webster.

  20. Post update

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

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