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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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

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.

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

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

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

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

Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

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

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

Foul by Marley Watkins (Bristol City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Ginnelly replaces Sean Maguire.

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Famara Diédhiou with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End).

Marley Watkins (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 3, Bristol City 3. Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joseph Rafferty with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Attempt blocked. Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Famara Diédhiou.

Foul by David Nugent (Preston North End).

Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Nugent (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. David Nugent replaces Josh Harrop.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Paul Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Kasey Palmer.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 2, Bristol City 3. Nathan Baker (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Foul by Patrick Bauer (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Famara Diédhiou replaces Antoine Semenyo.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom95401710719
2Swansea9531136718
3Nottm Forest9531148618
4Leeds9522135817
5Preston95221710717
6Charlton9522128417
7Sheff Wed9513158716
8Bristol City94411612416
9QPR95131414016
10Fulham9432147715
11Blackburn94141010013
12Cardiff93421112-113
13Birmingham9414912-313
14Derby92521113-211
15Hull92431313010
16Luton93151417-310
17Millwall9243712-510
18Middlesbrough9234913-49
19Brentford822456-18
20Reading92251012-28
21Wigan9225815-78
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Huddersfield9027818-102
24Stoke9027920-112
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