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Bristol City 1-1 Fulham: Tom Cairney scores late Cottagers leveller

Fulham captain Tom Cairney has now scored eight goals for the Cottagers this season
Fulham captain Tom Cairney has now scored eight goals for the Cottagers this season

Tom Cairney scored a late equaliser for third-placed Fulham as they came from behind to earn a draw at Bristol City.

Fulham forward Bobby Decordova-Reid almost scored on his return to Ashton Gate midway through the first half but nodded Ivan Cavaleiro's cross wide following a counter-attack.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Nahki Wells worked his way on to Pedro Pereira's headed delivery to nod home as the Robins sought to end a four-game run without a league win.

However, Fulham captain Cairney hit the target with a left-footed strike from outside the box to ensure the visitors took home a point and avoid losing ground on the automatic promotion places.

The draw meant Bristol City missed the chance to move into the final Championship-play off place, although it lifted them above Millwall to seventh.

Fulham were certain to stay in third position regardless of the result after Nottingham Forest's defeat by Millwall on Friday, and Scott Parker's side now lie six points off second place following Leeds' win against Huddersfield and West Brom's draw with Swansea.

After a match of few chances in the first hour of play, Wells' header set the game alight and the hosts looked in a strong position to halt their inconsistent league form of late as the game entered its final stages.

Cairney's late strike, though foiled their hopes of all three points, but although it may have quelled some of the travelling support's nerves but Fulham have now won just two of their past 10 games on the road in the league.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson:

"We desperately wanted to mark our 125th anniversary match with a win, but I think the reaction of our fans at the end said it all.

"I believe their applause was partly for the way Fulham played and partly for the way we combated a very good side.

"We are still a work in progress, but somehow we have to find a way of getting sufficient results over our remaining games to be in the promotion shake-up.

"That is certainly the aim and if the players continue to put bodies on the line to protect our goal like they did today it will certainly help."

Fulham boss Scott Parker:

"What pleased me most was the character the players showed after falling behind. They could have let heads drop, but instead got level and looked the only team likely to win in the closing stages.

"That sort of resilience is something we have worked because it wasn't always evident over the first half of the season.

"It is a quality we are going to need over the final weeks of the campaign if we are to achieve our aim.

"Tom Cairney took his goal superbly and was outstanding throughout the game. I thought he was head and shoulder above every other player."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 33Mäenpää
  • 32Lopes PereiraBooked at 60mins
  • 22Kalas
  • 6BakerSubstituted forBenkovicat 23'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 3Dasilva
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forDiédhiouat 64'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 42Massengo
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 14Weimann
  • 21WellsSubstituted forEliassonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hunt
  • 9Diédhiou
  • 19Eliasson
  • 29Williams
  • 31Benkovic
  • 38Wollacott
  • 45Palmer

Fulham

  • 12Rodák
  • 22Christie
  • 3Hector
  • 13ReamSubstituted forKnockaertat 82'minutes
  • 4OdoiBooked at 48mins
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forJohansenat 90+3'minutes
  • 18ArterBooked at 41mins
  • 10Cairney
  • 47Kamara
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 19CavaleiroSubstituted forKebanoat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 6McDonald
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Johansen
  • 24Knockaert
  • 33O'Riley
  • 43S Sessegnon
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
23,796

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away19
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 1, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Fulham 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Stefan Johansen replaces Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).

  5. Post update

    Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Niclas Eliasson replaces Nahki Wells.

  12. Post update

    Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Fulham. Anthony Knockaert tries a through ball, but Bobby De Cordova-Reid is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 1, Fulham 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Anthony Knockaert replaces Tim Ream.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds37218856302671
2West Brom371913564372770
3Fulham371810952381464
4Brentford371791164333160
5Nottm Forest371612948381060
6Preston37168135045556
7Bristol City371510125153-255
8Millwall37131594440454
9Cardiff37131595250254
10Blackburn3614111152421053
11Swansea371314104645153
12QPR37148155862-450
13Reading37139154642448
14Derby361212124649-348
15Sheff Wed37139154649-348
16Birmingham371211144857-947
17Stoke37126194955-642
18Huddersfield37119174558-1342
19Middlesbrough37914143747-1041
20Wigan371011163850-1241
21Hull37118184963-1441
22Charlton37109184454-1039
23Luton37105224371-2835
24Barnsley37810194262-2034
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