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Posted Saturday, September 25th 2021

Report: Bristol City 1-1 Fulham

Kasey Palmer’s first goal of the season secured City a point as the Robins fought back from behind in a 1-1 draw with Fulham.

The away side had plenty of the ball but the hosts grew into the game and were in positive spirits come the half-time whistle.

However, Fulham looked reinvigorated after the interval and Aleksandar Mitrovic volleyed against the crossbar before scoring moments later when he headed in from Harry Wilson’s nod across the box.

If anything, though, the Robins improved after going a goal behind and Palmer made an instant impact off the bench, tucking home from the tightest of angles.

A deflected effort from Jean Michael Seri looped off the crossbar and out of danger, before Mitrovic dragged an effort narrowly wide and clipped the bar once again with a header in the latter stages, but City held on to earn a point and stretch the unbeaten run to five games.

The Background

This was City’s first meeting with Fulham since the 125th anniversary fixture in March 2020, coincidentally he final game before the Covid-19 pandemic brought a temporary halt to the 2019/20 campaign.

Nahki Wells would earn his first league start after his match-winning heroics against QPR last weekend.

George Tanner kept his place at right-back on his first Ashton Gate appearance, while Jay Dasilva came in on the left side ahead of Nathan Baker who was named on the bench. Callum O’Dowda, who picked up an injury on the opening day against Blackpool, returned to the squad and was also named among the substitutes.

What happened

Fulham controlled plenty of possession, but City certainly grew into the first half, creating chances if only a through ball to Tyreeq Bakinson had had more pace on it, while Wells miskicked from close range.

But the Cottagers came out strongly for the start of the second half and Mitrovic hit the crossbar for the first time within minutes of the restart, before finding the back of the net inside the 50th minute.

Fulham substitute Neesken Kebano provided the cross for Wilson at the far post who nodded the ball back across goal for Mitrovic to head home from close range.

They could have stretched the lead but a Wilson lob over Bentley landed wide of goal, while City’s keeper denied Kebano one-on-one.

Wells headed over, while at the other end substitute Baker, who had only been on the pitch four minutes, tracked back to stop Wilson’s run on goal.

But City would give everything and eventually found the breakthrough. Andi Weimann’s cross was turned goalwards by the head of Wells but it was equally matched by the fingertips of Gazzaniga. This led to a corner, from which the ball broke for Martin who saw a shot saved again by Gazzaniga but he could only parry the ball into the path of Palmer who guided home the equaliser from a tight angle.

Fulham missed more chances to retake the lead, with Seri and Mitrovic hitting the bar, but the points would be shared.

City v Fulham: Bentley, Tanner (Palmer 76), Kalas, Atkinson, Dasilva, James, Bakinson (Williams 64), Pring (Baker 64), Weimann, Wells, Martin. Subs not used: O’Leary, Simpson, King, O’Dowda.

Up next

We're on the road for back-to-back away games in the Sky Bet Championship next week.

First up is a mid-week trip to Millwall on Wednesday, September 29th before travelling to face Peterborough United on Saturday, October 2nd. 

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As per EFL regulations, the matchday show will be streamed to a domestic and overseas audience.

Coverage will begin at 7.15pm, costing £10, and will consist of a multi-camera production with replays. 

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Post-match reaction

To follow...

📸 MATCH ACTION

📊 Bristol City in numbers

  • Possession: 35.9%
  • Shots: 14
  • Passes: 315
  • Pass success rate: 69%
  • Tackles: 14
  • Clearances: 24
  • Interceptions: 8
  • Aerial duels won: 23
  • Best Opta rating: Dan Bentley, Kasey Palmer 7.11

ON THE BALL

  • Most passes: Bentley 39
  • Best pass accuracy: Kalas 83.3%
  • Most touches: Bentley 52

DEFENSIVE DUTIES

  • Most tackles: George Tanner, Jay Dasilva, Matty James, Nahki Wells 2
  • Most interceptions: Kalas, Tanner, Bakinson 2
  • Most clearances: Rob Atkinson 6

Up next

Tickets are on sale now for City's upcoming away games.

We're on the road to face Millwall this Wednesday (September 29th, 7.45) followed by a trip to Peterborough United next Saturday (October 1st, 3pm).

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