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Posted Saturday, September 11th 2021

📝 Report: Bristol City 0-0 Preston North End

City shared the points in an entertaining goalless draw with Preston North End at Ashton Gate.

Han-Noah Massengo went closest with a thunderous effort from distance which was only matched by a fine stop from Daniel Iversen, with the young Frenchman seeking his first goal for the club.

Sean Maguire had hit the bar for the Lilywhites but their chances were largely limited, while the Robins pressed valiantly but to no avail in the second half.

The Background

City returned to BS3 after an impressive 2-1 win at Cardiff City and short rest period over the international break. In fact, Manager Nigel Pearson opted for an unchanged team from that which began the 2-1 win in South Wales.

What happened

City looked to pick up where they left off at Cardiff and were good value but would only force the opposition goalkeeper into one save in the first half.

Chris Martin was presented with the host’s best opening chance when he met Matty James’ chipped pass but Martin could only mis-hit the shot, firing high and wide in the process.

Rob Atkinson then went close after a mazy run. He dribbled forward, eventually getting a shot away when urged by the crowd but it was matched by a good save from Daniel Iversen, who tipped the ball away for a corner.

Preston would end the half with more possession and created the better chances too. Maguire hit the crossbar and Ben Whiteman curled an effort not far wide in the latter stages of the first half.

Daniel Johnson then picked out Maguire with a reverse pass and the Lilywhites forward flashed a ball across the face of goal only for it avoid any teammate in white and , thankfully for City, roll out for a goal kick.

City weren’t going to let the visitors enjoy an easy ride however, and were back on the front foot quickly after the restart, with Massengo going inches from scoring. City pumped the ball forward, it was knocked into the path of the midfielder who let fly from range, forcing Iversen into a fingertip save.

City had Preston penned in their own half, the crowd were feeding off the Robins’ display and the atmosphere was beginning to hit new levels.

That being said, City had to survive with the ball inside their own penalty area and Emil Riis Jakobsen had a great chance to put the Lilywhites ahead but he couldn’t keep his powerful back-post effort down. Now it was end-to-end and Andi Weimann, our top scorer to date, shared a similar fate at the opposite end of the pitch.

Pearson opted for a double change with around 20 minutes remaining as he welcomed Antoine Semenyo and Jay Dasilva to the pitch, replacing Andy King and Cameron Pring, respectively. Nahki Wells soon entered the field with Zak Vyner earning a rest

City were largely on top with energy to their play as the game progressed but they couldn’t find a way to get the three points, though Martin went close with a free kick which Iversen beat away.

The Team

Bentley, Vyner (Wells 78), Kalas, Atkinson, Baker, Pring (Dasilva 69), Massengo, King (Semenyo 69), James, Weimann, Martin. Subs not used: O’Leary, Bakinson, Scott, Palmer, Wells.

Up next

The Robins next welcome Luton Town to Ashton Gate on Wednesday (September 15th, 7.45pm).

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🎤 Post-match reaction

 More to come...

📸 MATCH ACTION

📊 Bristol City in numbers

More to follow...

  • Possession: 50.4%
  • Shots: 10
  • Passes: 363
  • Pass success rate: 69%
  • Tackles: 12 (100%)
  • Clearances: 15
  • Interceptions: 9
  • Aerial duels won: 25
  • Best Opta rating: Dan Bentley 7.04

ON THE BALL

  • Most passes: Andy King 44
  • Best pass accuracy: Matty James 97%
  • Most touches: Han-Noah Massengo 55

DEFENSIVE DUTIES

  • Most tackles: Zak Vyner, Rob Atkinson 3
  • Most interceptions: Vyner, Atkinson 2
  • Most clearances: Atkinson 5

Up next

The Robins next welcome Luton Town to Ashton Gate on Wednesday (September 15th, 7.45pm).

BUY YOUR MATCH TICKET

Bristol City members yet to purchase their tickets are reminded they can do so for just £10 per game. This offer is applies to seats in the South Stand, Dolman Wings or Family Area.

And Bristol City membership is still available to buy for £25, which sees supporters receive £5 off match tickets as well as other exclusive benefits.

BECOME A MEMBER

The game is exclusively available on Robins TV to domestic and overseas supporters.

SECURE YOUR ROBINS TV PASS

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