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Bristol City 2-2 Norwich City: Canaries denied Championship lead

Jamie Paterson
Bristol City arguably had the better chances over the course of the game

Norwich City were denied a return to the top of the Championship as they were held by Bristol City in an entertaining game at Ashton Gate.

The high-flying Canaries had taken a first-half lead against the run of play through Marco Stiepermann's excellent curling finish.

But Famara Diedhiou fired in an equaliser moments before half-time and Callum O'Dowda lashed a powerful strike in off the underside of the bar to put the host 2-1 up after the break.

Max Aarons headed in from substitute Onel Hernandez's fine cross to bring Daniel Farke's side level late on and neither side could find a winner.

After Leeds' win at Bolton earlier on Saturday sent Marcelo Bielsa's men to the Championship's summit, the draw for Norwich left them in second, a point behind the Whites.

But the Canaries, who are unbeaten in seven matches since October, are five points clear of third-placed West Bromwich Albion and at least 10 points above the chasing sides outside of the play-off places.

Farke's side were grateful to goalkeeper Tim Krul for his two superb one-handed saves to keep out Jamie Paterson and Josh Brownhill's long-range efforts when the game was goalless, but he was unable to keep out Diedhiou's third goal in four games despite getting a hand to it.

The visitors thought they might have earned all three points in the closing stages, but Jordan Rhodes was correctly judged to have been just offside as he poked in from close range.

For improving Bristol City, the result moved them to within six points of the play-off places, but they remain in the bottom half, in 14th position, despite extending their unbeaten run to four matches.

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 2Pisano
  • 22Kalas
  • 6Baker
  • 17Kelly
  • 21Pack
  • 14WeimannSubstituted forWatkinsat 82'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 20Paterson
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 9Diedhiou

Substitutes

  • 5Wright
  • 15Watkins
  • 19Eliasson
  • 24O'Leary
  • 28Morrell
  • 32Hunt
  • 40Eisa

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 6ZimmermannSubstituted forHanleyat 60'minutes
  • 4GodfreyBooked at 82mins
  • 12Lewis
  • 27TetteyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forRhodesat 77'minutes
  • 8Vrancic
  • 17BuendíaBooked at 71mins
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 36CantwellSubstituted forHernándezat 76'minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 7Marshall
  • 10Leitner
  • 11Rhodes
  • 25Hernández
  • 31Hanley
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
19,851

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Norwich City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Norwich City 2.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Attempt saved. Grant Hanley (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Foul by Ben Godfrey (Norwich City).

Nathan Baker (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Bristol City).

Foul by Grant Hanley (Norwich City).

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

Attempt blocked. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Norwich City. Ben Godfrey tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Booking

Marley Watkins (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marley Watkins replaces Andreas Weimann.

Booking

Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Godfrey (Norwich City).

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City).

Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Norwich City 2. Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Onel Hernández with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Jordan Rhodes replaces Alexander Tettey.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Onel Hernández replaces Todd Cantwell.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eros Pisano (Bristol City).

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Delay in match Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maximillian Aarons with a cross.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Grant Hanley replaces Christoph Zimmermann because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds22136336181845
2Norwich22135440261444
3West Brom22116546311539
4Sheff Utd2211473526937
5Derby2111463124737
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa228954334933
9Swansea229582724332
10Birmingham2271053227531
11Stoke2271052927231
12Blackburn2271052933-431
13QPR229492732-531
14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston227783537-228
16Wigan2274112330-725
17Hull2266102330-724
18Sheff Wed2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich2228121837-1914
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