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📝 Report: Bristol City 1-1 Peterborough United

Bristol City were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Peterborough United at Ashton Gate.

Rob Atkinson gave City the lead minutes before half-time after he rose highest to head in Jay Dasilva's pinpoint cross.

With just over half-an-hour to go the visitors were reduced to 10 as Joe Ward was sent off for a challenge on Andreas Weimann just outside the area.

Just six minutes after Ward's sending-off Jonson Clarke-Harris levelled the scoring after tapping in from close range.

🧐 BACKGROUND

Nigel Pearson made one change to his starting XI beaten on the road by Bournemouth last weekend, with Joe Williams coming in to replace Cameron Pring.

Dasilva switched from right to left-wing back, which saw Alex Scott shift out to start on the right flank.

The City boss was also boosted by the return of Antoine Semenyo, who returned to fitness and was named amongst the substitutes.

✍️ WHAT HAPPENED?

The home side begun the first period with a fierce intensity at a sun-soaked Ashton Gate with the first chance of the half falling the way of City.

Scott cleverly won a free-kick on the right, which was whipped into the box by Matty James towards Robbie Cundy at the far post where the towering centre half saw his header cleared by the last Posh defender.

City’s positive start continued as Weimann picked out Dasilva on the edge of the 18-yard box, the full-back fired the ball across the face of goal and into the path of Nahki Wells who was inches away from converting in front of the South Stand.

After feeling their way into the game, Peterborough would look to build some momentum of their own after the quarter-of-an-hour mark.

First, Kwame Poku jinked his way into the box from the right-hand side to force Timm Klose into a brave block before he hooked the danger clear.

Ricky-Jade Jones then forced Dan Bentley into a low stop to prevent a ball across the six-yard box, before Joe Ward clattered the base of the post with a low strike from outside the box.

On his return to Ashton Gate, Sammie Szmodics looked to break the deadlock as he forced Bentley into a low save. He almost has a second bite of the cherry as he wound up to shoot once more, but for a timely intervention from Atkinson.

Wells saw a shot blocked from a corner routine, which was followed shortly after by the game’s opener courtesy of a powerful header from Atkinson.

Dasilva swung a ball into the box with pinpoint accuracy to find Atkinson finely-poised on the edge of the six-yard box and the defender rose highest to head home his second goal in as many games.

Bentley was called into action by Clarke-Harris and Szmodics either side of an opportunity for Chris Martin, however the City striker could only direct his header over the bar which brought an end to the first half action in BS3.

HALF-TIME

Neither side fashioned a clear cut opening in the first ten minutes of the second half, the nearest either team were to finding a goal came when Poku fired well over the bar from range.

The Posh were then reduced to ten men as Weimann hared after a flick on from Martin only be brought down on the edge of the box by a scrambling Ward. The referee was left with no choice but to give the midfielder his marching orders. Martin went close from the subsequent free-kick as he whipped the ball a foot over the bar.

However, the visitors would go on to equalise as Johnson Clarke-Harris converted from close range after a scramble inside the Robins’ danger area.

City pressed to go in front once more with a series of chances in the 15 minutes that followed. First, Klose went agonisingly close to finding his first goal in City colours as he hung in the air to connect with Weimann cross, but he could only find the roof of the net.

Han Noah Massengo almost caught out David Cornell as he had to the tip the ball over the bar, before Weimann acrobatically connected with Atkinson’s deep cross however the Austrian’s flying volley failed to find the target.

Martin had a chance late on to win it but the forward couldn't get the ball out of his feet in the box and Peterborough would claim a point from their visit to the West Country. 


🏃‍♂️TEAM

Bentley (C), Cundy (Vyner 45’), Klose, Atkinson, Scott, James, Williams (52’ Massengo), Dasilva, Weimann, Wells (Semenyo 72’), Martin
Subs not used: O’Leary, Pring, Bell, Conway


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