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Preston North End 3-3 Bristol City: Preston fight back to draw eventful thriller

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Bristol City have scored 14 times in their six away games in all competitions so far this term

Preston North End fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to draw with Bristol City in a thriller at Deepdale.

The Robins took a two-goal lead from two corners, with Taylor Moore's scrambled finish followed by Andreas Weimann's expert header.

Preston struck back to level though Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson's penalties either side of the break, before centre-back Nathan Baker poked the visitors in front again from Josh Brownhill's free-kick.

But German defender Patrick Bauer headed in his first goal for the hosts to make it 3-3 with 20 minutes remaining and neither side could find a late winner.

The result saw Lee Johnson's Robins extend their unbeaten league run to eight games since losing to Leeds on the opening weekend of the season, but they have drawn three of their past four matches.

Preston stretched their own unbeaten streak to six Championship games and - despite a 3-0 defeat by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup - they have not lost at home in the league since 9 April.

Results elsewhere meant North End would have gone top of the table if they had won, but instead they are fifth, two points behind leaders West Bromwich Albion and a point above the eighth-placed Robins.

It was certainly an action-packed game at Deepdale and Declan Rudd saved well from Antoine Semenyo early in the first half, before the visitors took their two-goal lead.

North End's first penalty came when Han-Noah Massengo fouled Johnson in the area in first-half stoppage time, before Wales centre-back Ashley Williams handled in the box shortly after the break.

Those incidents will frustrate City, who arguably created the better chances and also saw Weimann have a goal disallowed for offside and Famara Diedhiou's late effort ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

Preston manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The biggest disappointment is the fact that we conceded three set-play goals. So far this season, before today's game, we were the best team in the league for defending our box for set-plays.

"If you'd have to me today that would have happened, I wouldn't have believed you but we didn't defend our box well enough.

"We scored three goals, could have scored more. When it was 3-3 if anyone was going to score I thought it would be us."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I don't feel ecstatic with a point, having had a 2-0 lead, but I don't feel disappointed with my team in anything they've done today.

"We had a good away performance in terms of we were reasonably slick on the break, we had many shots on target.

"They knew they were in a game today and their home form has been top notch."

Line-ups

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rudd
  • 2FisherBooked at 39mins
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 15Rafferty
  • 4Pearson
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrowneat 62'minutes
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forGinnellyat 80'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 10HarropSubstituted forNugentat 63'minutes
  • 29Barkhuizen

Substitutes

  • 8Browne
  • 14Storey
  • 17Ginnelly
  • 18Ledson
  • 25Ripley
  • 35Nugent
  • 44Potts

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 23MooreSubstituted forWatkinsat 57'minutes
  • 29Williams
  • 6Baker
  • 2Hunt
  • 8Brownhill
  • 42Massengo
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 62'minutes
  • 25Rowe
  • 14WeimannBooked at 82mins
  • 18SemenyoSubstituted forDiédhiouat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Wright
  • 9Diédhiou
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 15Watkins
  • 19Eliasson
  • 32Lopes Pereira
  • 33Mäenpää
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
12,005

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 3, Bristol City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 3, Bristol City 3.

  3. Post update

    Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Ginnelly (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Browne.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

  9. Post update

    Ashley Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Bristol City).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

  18. Booking

    Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).