Report: Bristol City 0-0 Burton Albion
Friday, October 13th 2017
Bristol City were forced to share the spoils against a struggling Burton Albion side after a 0-0 draw at Ashton Gate on Friday night.
It was a night under the lights for the loud City fans, as they cheered on their team against the side with the worst defensive record in the Championship this season.
But despite the home team’s domination, they were unable to find the breakthrough.
Niclas Eliason was handed his first league start of the campaign, with Callum O’Dowda on the bench after his involvement with the Republic of Ireland during the international break.
The Brewers made four changes to their starting line up as they arrived at Ashton Gate off the back of two consecutive 4-0 defeats.
Nigel Clough handed starts to Tom Flanagan and Lloyd Dyer, who were brought in alongside a front pairing of Luke Varney and Joe Mason.
As for City, it was a chance to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games in all competitions and rise to second in the table.
The hosts showed early signals of intent and looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Jamie Paterson fired over the bar before the league’s top scorer Bobby Reid saw a shot blocked.
And the Academy graduate was back among the chances a short while later but his low effort was well saved by Brewers’ keeper Stephen Bywater from a tight angle.
Bywater was called into action again before the first half concluded, as he got down to tip a Josh Brownhill shot wide as the sides headed into the break goalless.
Famara Diedhiou won a free kick on the edge of the box six minutes into the second half but Paterson blazed well over Bywater's goal.
Brownhill tried his luck from distance just minutes later but the strike lacked conviction and was easily held by Bywater, as the Robins continued to try and find a way through.
GOAL RULED OUT
Bristol City thought they had finally taken the lead with 25 minutes remaining after some neat passing on the edge of the box eventually saw the ball fall to Reid. The in-form striker flashed his shot into top left corner of the goal but his celebrations were cut short when the referee judged a foul on Luke Murphy in the build up.
The visitors threw on Marvin Sordell who threatened with a long-range curled effort, before a fierce drive which had to be headed clear by Aden Flint.
Robins head coach Lee Johnson brought Jonathan Leko and Cauley Woodrow into the game to bolster the City attack but it was Marlon Pack who almost forced a winner. His late drive flashed just wide of Bywaters' goal as the Brewers held firm to earn a point at BS3.
The result extends City's unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions and lifts them up to third in the Championship.