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Bristol City 2-0 Preston North End: Diedhiou and Vyner seal points for Robins

Famara Diedhiou
Famara Diedhiou leapt above everyone else to head in for Bristol City

Goals from Famara Diedhiou and Zak Vyner gave Bristol City victory over Preston North End in a hard-fought Championship clash.

Diedhiou put City in front after rising above everyone else to guide Tommy Rowe's curled corner past the diving Daniel Iverson inside the first 10 minutes at Ashton Gate.

Preston piled pressure on the hosts early in the second half before Vyner sealed the three points for Dean Holden's side with a mis-hit volley into the bottom corner.

Before Vyner's first goal for the Robins, Preston came close to scoring an equaliser when Paul Huntington's looping header clipped the top of the bar from debutant Ben Whiteman's corner.

But the Lilywhites failed to really test home keeper Daniel Bentley, with their only shot on target resulting from a Scott Sinclair strike straight at the keeper shortly before the interval.

Victory for the Robins moves them up one place to ninth in the table, four points outside the play-off places, while Preston drop to 13th.

The result also ended a 15-game unbeaten run for Preston against City, which had stretched back to November 2013.

Bristol City manager Dean Holden told BBC Radio Bristol:

"(I am) really pleased with a clean sheet, really pleased with two goals at home against a tough opponent.

"I've just been told it's been quite a while since we beat them. They always give you problems with the physicality and energy that they play with and I thought we handled that really well today.

"We knew they would come out on the front foot a little more in that second period. We really stepped on it in that final 20 minutes of the game and seen it out pretty comfortably.

"It sets us up nicely to go to Norwich and to try and put in a similar performance."

Preston North End manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I didn't think there was a great deal in the game in general throughout the 90 minutes.

"I thought the first 20 minutes we didn't get started really. To be fair to them I thought they were really quite aggressive to start with.

"They get the goal from a set play which is extremely disappointing. Right in the middle of box, we should be clearing that.

"For 30 minutes in the second half we were completely dominant, totally dominant in the game and we didn't create enough. I didn't think we deserved to lose but we certainly didn't do enough to win."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Hunt
  • 22Kalas
  • 5Mawson
  • 25Rowe
  • 31AdelakunSubstituted forBakinsonat 86'minutes
  • 26Vyner
  • 4Nagy
  • 45PalmerBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMassengoat 70'minutes
  • 9DiédhiouSubstituted forWellsat 79'minutes
  • 7Martin

Substitutes

  • 12O'Leary
  • 19Mariappa
  • 21Wells
  • 23Moore
  • 27Edwards
  • 30Bakinson
  • 33Bell
  • 42Massengo

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Iversen
  • 2FisherBooked at 83minsSubstituted forLedsonat 86'minutes
  • 23Huntington
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 8Browne
  • 17WhitemanSubstituted forRiis Jakobsenat 78'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forPottsat 67'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forEvansat 67'minutes
  • 31Sinclair
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forMolumbyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Earl
  • 12Gallagher
  • 15Rafferty
  • 18Ledson
  • 19Riis Jakobsen
  • 21Molumby
  • 25Ripley
  • 26Evans
  • 44Potts
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 2, Preston North End 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Preston North End 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Ryan Ledson tries a through ball, but Ched Evans is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Ryan Ledson tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ádám Nagy.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) with an attempt from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

  9. Post update

    Scott Sinclair (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Zak Vyner (Bristol City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Ryan Ledson replaces Darnell Fisher.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Tyreeq Bakinson replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

  13. Booking

    Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Offside, Bristol City. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Nahki Wells replaces Famara Diédhiou.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Jayson Molumby replaces Sean Maguire.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich24155433211250
2Swansea24137429131646
3Bournemouth24119438201842
4Brentford22118336211541
5Watford23117527171040
6Reading2312473428640
7Middlesbrough2310672819936
8Stoke249962723436
9Bristol City2311392524136
10Barnsley24104102731-434
11Blackburn2496939281133
12Luton249692126-533
13Preston24102123033-332
14Huddersfield2494112834-631
15Cardiff2385103027329
16Millwall2351172024-426
17Coventry236892231-926
18Birmingham2468101829-1126
19Nottm Forest2467111927-825
20QPR235992230-824
21Sheff Wed2367101523-819
22Rotherham2154122029-919
23Derby2347121425-1119
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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