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Preston North End 1-1 Bristol City: Play-off hopefuls share the points

Famara Diedhiou
Famara Diedhiou is Bristol City's top scorer this season with 11 goals

Championship play-off hopefuls Preston North End and Bristol City shared the points in an entertaining contest at Deepdale.

Daniel Johnson's side-footed strike from a cleverly worked free-kick put the hosts in front just before the break.

Famara Diedhiou hooked in a leveller from close range midway through the second half to end a run of three straight losses for City.

Preston were bottom of the league at the start of October, but a run of just four defeats in 25 matches since has taken them to within six points of the top six.

However, Alex Neil's side will be frustrated they could not hang on for all three points with fellow play-off hopefuls Derby, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest all losing.

The Lancashire club are now unbeaten in nine matches, picking up 19 points from a possible 27, with a game against local rivals Blackburn to come at Ewood Park next weekend.

Johnson's opener from Paul Gallagher's pass was one of only three Preston shots on target out of 17 and they were made to pay for their wastefulness when Diedhiou scored his 11th of the season following a corner.

Teenage substitute Antoine Semenyo had a good chance to win it for the Robins but his volley was palmed wide by Preston keeper Declan Rudd.

Bristol City remain in sixth with a three-point buffer to seventh-placed Derby after the Rams were hammered at Aston Villa.

City boss Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol: "It was a really tough game for both teams. It was a little bit cagey in the first half and they won more individual duels inside and outside the box and that disappointed me a little.

"But I thought second half we were the better side, we took the game to them and got the ball forward with more intent.

"It was the third game in a week, away from home, so it was a really good effort from the boys and it's a good point given all the situations and scenarios of the day."

Preston boss Alex Neil: "We are still in the hunt and I've told the lads that, and we hope we are still in that position with three or four games to go.

"A lot of the players are disappointed because they really wanted the three points.

"Whoever was going to get the first goal would be a big factor I felt, and it is disappointing for us that we did not get the win."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 14Storey
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 18Ledson
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forStockleyat 87'minutes
  • 44PottsSubstituted forNmechaat 80'minutes
  • 8Browne
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 74'minutes
  • 24Maguire

Substitutes

  • 3Earl
  • 13Crowe
  • 15Rafferty
  • 20Stockley
  • 23Huntington
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 45Nmecha

Bristol City

  • 33MäenpääSubstituted forO'Learyat 65'minutes
  • 32Hunt
  • 22Kalas
  • 4Webster
  • 17KellyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forDasilvaat 60'minutes
  • 21PackBooked at 84mins
  • 14Weimann
  • 8Brownhill
  • 20Paterson
  • 11O'DowdaBooked at 50minsSubstituted forSemenyoat 53'minutes
  • 9Diedhiou

Substitutes

  • 3Dasilva
  • 5Wright
  • 10Taylor
  • 18Semenyo
  • 19Eliasson
  • 24O'Leary
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,863

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.

Foul by Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City).

Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jayden Stockley.

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Ledson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jayden Stockley replaces Daniel Johnson.

Jay Dasilva (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Booking

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Paterson following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Foul by Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City).

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lukas Nmecha replaces Brad Potts.

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

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Bristol City).

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Paul Gallagher.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Bristol City 1. Famara Diedhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marlon Pack following a corner.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Brownhill with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jordan Storey.

Attempt blocked. Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Famara Diedhiou.

goal

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8Birmingham35121495345850
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