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Bristol City 0-0 Swansea City

Ashley Williams
Ashley Williams' Bristol City debut came against another of his former clubs, Stoke

Swansea City missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship as Bristol City extended their unbeaten run to seven games in a 0-0 stalemate.

Swansea forward Andre Ayew and the hosts' Famara Diedhiou both came close to getting a winner in a tense affair.

The visitors had defender Jake Bidwell sent off in stoppage time for a straight red card offence.

Swansea remain second in the Championship on goal difference with Bristol City in the play-off positions.

A lack of cutting edge and some smart defending from both sides ensured there was no breakthrough.

Swansea least managed to avoid a second defeat in a week having spoilt their own undefeated run in last week's home defeat by Nottingham Forest.

But it was a former Swansea stalwart, Ashley Williams, who would have enjoyed the result more, impressing on his home debut with a solid display to help the Robins to a clean sheet.

Lee Johnson's Bristol City have not lost since the opening day of the season and they could have moved into second themselves had they found more of an attacking edge.

It took 34 minutes before a shot was delivered on target and even then Josh Brownhill's free-kick was curled routinely into the arms of Freddie Woodman.

It had been Brownhill himself who had been hacked down for the set-piece, though the initial attack was engineered by first-half substitute Diediou who had provided a greater threat to Johnson's side, shorn of the services of long-term injury victim Benik Afobe.

He could have added real significance to his early impact had his touch on Callum O'Dowda's 39th minute centre not squirmed past the far post.

Through Ayew, Swansea had an outlet to worry the hosts and, with 18 minutes remaining, only the smart reactions of Bentley denied the Ghana forward after being played in on goal.

Swansea had to sweat in the final moments when they were reduced to 10 men following Bidwell's touchline lunge on Niclas Eliasson.

Swansea manager Steve Cooper told BBC Sport Wales:

"It's mixed feelings. We came here to win. We know they've been in good form but we wanted to be positive and take the game to the opposition, which I felt we did.

"I thought it was a good performance and the way the game went it was an average result. It's a game we should have won, we didn't, so we move on.

"[The Bidwell red card] was as yellow as they come. I've spoken to the referee. The linesman made the decision and I felt where it was on the pitch, in front of the opposition dug-out, had a big effect on it.

"I can understand, it's a big moment and they are human but it's a it's a poor decision and we don't agree with it. It's a foul, but to send him off was a bit of a weak decision, weak mentality."

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson said:

"I'm not sat here happy that we haven't won, but at the same time I appreciate it was a hard-fought Championship game against a good side that caused us problems.

"We were full of endeavour had the better chances in the first half in terms of areas of the pitch, but they showed more guile than we did.

"That was disappointing and it's fair for me to demand that quality now. It was a bit hot potato from us with the ball.

"I'm not displeased with a point but at the same time I do want a little bit more from the lads."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Bentley
  • 23MooreBooked at 15mins
  • 29Williams
  • 6BakerSubstituted forDiédhiouat 30'minutes
  • 2Hunt
  • 8Brownhill
  • 42Massengo
  • 11O'DowdaSubstituted forEliassonat 59'minutes
  • 25Rowe
  • 17SzmodicsSubstituted forPalmerat 54'minutes
  • 14Weimann

Substitutes

  • 9Diédhiou
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Semenyo
  • 19Eliasson
  • 32Lopes Pereira
  • 33Mäenpää
  • 45Palmer

Swansea

  • 27Woodman
  • 26Naughton
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 4Rodon
  • 24BidwellBooked at 90mins
  • 6Fulton
  • 8GrimesBooked at 33mins
  • 22A Ayew
  • 28ByersSubstituted forRobertsat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Celina
  • 9BastónSubstituted forSurridgeat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 12Dyer
  • 15Routledge
  • 19Surridge
  • 21Dhanda
  • 23Roberts
  • 44Cabango
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
22,885

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 0, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Swansea City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Connor Roberts replaces George Byers.

Offside, Bristol City. Jack Hunt tries a through ball, but Ashley Williams is caught offside.

Dismissal

Jake Bidwell (Swansea City) is shown the red card.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Swansea City).

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Grimes.

Attempt missed. Taylor Moore (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Williams.

Attempt blocked. Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Rodon.

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by George Byers (Swansea City).

Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

Attempt missed. Joe Rodon (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

Attempt blocked. André Ayew (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

Jay Fulton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Brownhill (Bristol City).

Foul by Bersant Celina (Swansea City).

Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Swansea City).

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Surridge.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Sam Surridge replaces Borja Bastón.

Foul by Jay Fulton (Swansea City).

Tommy Rowe (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

Offside, Bristol City. Jack Hunt tries a through ball, but Kasey Palmer is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jack Hunt (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Famara Diédhiou.

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. André Ayew (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Taylor Moore.

Attempt missed. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Tommy Rowe.

Attempt missed. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. André Ayew (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bersant Celina with a cross.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds8521134917
2Swansea8521125717
3Preston8512147716
4QPR85121412216
5Nottm Forest8431116515
6Bristol City8431139415
7Charlton8422118314
8Sheff Wed8413117413
9West Brom7340118313
10Blackburn841398113
11Birmingham841379-213
12Fulham8332127512
13Cardiff8332910-112
14Hull8233111109
15Middlesbrough823389-19
16Millwall8233611-59
17Brentford822456-18
18Derby8152811-38
19Wigan8224813-58
20Reading8215911-27
21Luton82151216-47
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Stoke8026717-102
24Huddersfield7016513-81
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