- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, November 23rd 2019
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 0-0 Nottingham Forest
Saturday, November 23rd 2019
City stretched their home form to seven games unbeaten in a goalless draw against Nottingham Forest in BS3.
In a match of few clear-cut chances, Andreas Weimann saw a deflected pass bounce back off the post, before Ryan Yates saw red for a rash tackle on Ádám Nagy.
Ten-men Forest went agonisingly close though through Lewis Grabban, before Rodri hooked a shot over the crossbar late on.
The Robins couldn’t break through with the extra man advantage and would settle for a point and a clean sheet.
Nathan Baker made his 100th league appearance for City, lining up with the returning Bailey Wright. The Socceroos man was back in the side to replace Tomas Kalas who suffered an ankle injury on international duty. Famara Diédhiou also returned to the starting XI having served a three-game suspension meaning Marley Watkins would miss out.
The best of the early chances fell the way of the visitors, with Yates seeing a volley cleared off the line by Diédhiou, before a smart save from Dan Bentley saw the keeper palm away a shot from Joe Lolley.
Diédhiou, fresh from scoring his hat-trick for Senegal, looked in buoyant mood and showed both determination and strong running as he gave the Forest backline something to think about, but bar a few misjudged crosses, City’s threat in the opposition half had been minimal.
Even half chances were at a minimum in what would prove to be an evenly-contested Sky Bet Championship clash, with Andreas Weimann dragging a shot wide before Callum O’Dowda threatened with another cross when he could, though faced with a tight angle, have opted to shoot for the far corner.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side were quick to get at City in the second half, forcing Bentley into a save when he kept out Tiago Silva’s drive but with the skies turning darker and the Ashton Gate lights seemingly getting brighter, the decibels crept up from the home crowd.
The ever-busy Diédhiou would head over and ten minutes after the restart, the post prevented City from breaking the deadlock after Weimann’s drilled ball across the box was deflected on to the frame of the goal by Yates.
That would be one of the Forest player’s final moments as he was soon dismissed for a reckless lunge on Nagy. It appeared two-footed and the referee Craig Pawson was quick to show Yates a straight red card.
Whether that forced a tactical change or not, Lee Johnson soon looked to his bench after with creative threats Kasey Palmer and Niclas Eliasson on to replace Wright and O’Dowda.
Forest would nearly capitalise on a City error though, when Tommy Rowe’s flick went backwards rather than forwards, playing the ball into the path of Lewis Grabban. Close to goal and with Bentley quick off his line, the Forest striker lifted the ball over the Robins keeper who was a relieved man to see the ball land the wrong (or right, in his case) side of the goal.
Johnson’s men were soon up the other end though with Eliasson’s pace and trickery from wide right causing problems. And the chance was on when he won the ball high up the pitch, bursting into the penalty area but saw his cut-back pass deflected into the hands of Samba.
Rodri’s introduction over Weimann would be the host’s final change and the Spanish striker had a glorious chance towards the end, shooting over from close range after Baker’s header back across the six-yard box.
But after five added minutes, the final whistle sounded to signal a share of the points in a game of no goals.
Next for Johnson’s side is a midweek trip to West Bromwich Albion (Wednesday, November 27th, 8pm KO).
Matchday sponsor: Matt Burrows Construction
- Bailey Wright, Callum O'Dowda, Andreas Weimann
- Sammy Ameobi, Joe Lolley, Lewis Grabban