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Bristol City 0-0 Watford: Robins and Hornets play out stalemate

By James LawBBC Sport
Watford's Craig Cathcart heads wide
Watford captain Craig Cathcart spurned their clearest chance of the match

Bristol City and Watford extended their unbeaten Championship runs to four games apiece after a goalless draw at Ashton Gate.

The Hornets controlled the first half without testing home goalkeeper Daniel Bentley - Craig Cathcart heading their best opening wide at the back post from James Garner's whipped cross.

Vladimir Ivic's visitors, who were without three unnamed players who have tested positive for coronavirus, tailed off in the second half as City forward Antoine Semenyo looked the most likely to make something happen.

His low cross was tipped out of Famara Diedhiou's path by Watford keeper Ben Foster before the 20-year-old bent wide from a tight angle, and Foster was again called into action in stoppage time to tip over Tommy Rowe's scuffed effort.

The point leaves Dean Holden's Robins third, three points behind leaders Norwich, with Watford a point further back in fifth.

Though a decent enough watch, it took 74 minutes for the game's first shot on target to materialise, as Domingos Quina's clean strike was beaten away by Bentley after a mistake from City defender Jay Dasilva.

But it was a match of half-chances between two sides occupying play-off places, with the home side keeping a third consecutive clean sheet.

Watford have now lost only once in their past 12 trips to Bristol City, though their three players with Covid-19 are self-isolating and will also miss their next two games against Preston and Nottingham Forest.

Bristol City boss Dean Holden told BBC Radio Bristol:

"First half was a game of limited chances - I thought we had a real good structure to the way we set up.

"To be honest I think second half we were the better team - we had chances and if we were a little bit more clinical in those moments we could've won the game.

"You can't ask any more of the players, they're giving anything and it was a good performance against a really top team."

Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I believe that we played with energy, possession, lots of movement and this is something we want.

We showed a good reaction after losing the ball and good pressure - this is something we need to continue, to work on and improve this part of the game.

"We created three or four good chances and the best chance of the game, from Domingos Quina."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Vyner
  • 23Moore
  • 25Rowe
  • 2Hunt
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 4Nagy
  • 10Paterson
  • 3Dasilva
  • 18SemenyoSubstituted forWellsat 87'minutes
  • 9DiédhiouSubstituted forMartinat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Martin
  • 12O'Leary
  • 19Mariappa
  • 21Wells
  • 27Edwards
  • 29Brunt
  • 34Towler
  • 42Massengo

Watford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Foster
  • 3NgakiaSubstituted forTroost-Ekongat 82'minutes
  • 27Kabasele
  • 15Cathcart
  • 21Femenía
  • 23Sarr
  • 14Chalobah
  • 16Garner
  • 20Quina
  • 18GraySubstituted forDeeneyat 66'minutes
  • 10João PedroSubstituted forPericaat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 6Wilmot
  • 9Deeney
  • 25Perica
  • 26Bachmann
  • 31Sierralta
  • 32Navarro
  • 49Crichlow
  • 52Phillips
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 0, Watford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Watford 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Taylor Moore (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tommy Rowe following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Domingos Quina.

  5. Post update

    Troy Deeney (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Taylor Moore (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tommy Rowe (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ben Foster.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).

  13. Post update

    Daniel Bentley (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Stipe Perica replaces João Pedro.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Taylor Moore.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Nahki Wells replaces Antoine Semenyo.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Garner (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Kiko Femenía.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich138321710727
2Bournemouth1375121111026
3Bristol City137331611524
4Swansea13652158723
5Watford136521510523
6Reading137242017323
7Middlesbrough13562126621
8Stoke136342118321
9Brentford135531812620
10Millwall134721210219
11Luton135441113-219
12Blackburn1353525151018
13QPR134541518-317
14Barnsley134451414016
15Preston135171617-116
16Huddersfield134361517-215
17Birmingham133641012-215
18Cardiff133551313014
19Rotherham133371216-412
20Nottm Forest13337916-712
21Coventry133371323-1012
22Wycombe13238619-139
23Sheff Wed13346712-57
24Derby13139520-156
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