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Report: Bristol City 1-1 Swindon Town

Andreas Weimann was on the scoresheet as City drew 1-1 in an entertaining pre-season encounter with Swindon Town at Ashton Gate.

Weimann forced the opener with a shot which was deflected over the line, while Joe Morrell and Nahki Wells were both denied by the woodwork in the second half.

Swindon equalised after the break through Jack Payne’s deflected chip.

It was a good opening 20 minutes from City who fielded Morrell for the first time since February 2019. The Wales international looked composed and settled in the midfield three alongside Ádám Nagy and Jamie Paterson.

Off the ball, City were once or twice exposed by the Sky Bet League Two champions, with Payne causing a real threat down the right early on, but Swindon were unable to carve out an opportunity on goal.

Zak Vyner headed off target from a corner, while Famara Diédhiou twisted and turned but shot straight at the goalkeeper, before Dean Holden’s men found the breakthrough.

It came inside 22 minutes when Paterson put a ball across the box with Weimann waiting at the far post. His shot was goal-bound and despite a Swindon player on the line, he could only divert the ball into Swindon’s net.

Swindon battled as the half progressed but Diallang Jaiyesimi was twice thwarted by Dan Bentley, before Callum O’Dowda sent a glancing header inches wide at the other end as City ended the half in front.

The crossbar denied Morrell from doubling City’s lead when his deft strike rattled back off the upright and Town soon found themselves back in the game through Payne's lofted shot which sailed over the helpless Bentley, just after the hour mark.

A number of City changes followed as Holden offered more minutes to the squad, with Wells among the fresh faces who went close with a shot which hit the post. Weimann, Diédhiou and Vyner all had headed chances which failed to hit the target.

Town keeper Matej Kovar was kept busy though, with stinging strikes from Tommy Rowe and Wells late into the match, to ensure the friendly ended honours even in BS3.

Bentley, Kalas, Rowe, Vyner, Hunt (off), Nagy (off), Morrell (off), Weimann, O’Dowda (off), Paterson (off), Diédhiou (off). Subs on: Moore, Dasilva, Massengo, Palmer, Eliasson, Wells.

City were unable to call on Nathan Baker, who has a hamstring strain that will be rescanned next week, Joe Williams (thigh) and Liam Walsh, who is on his way back to returning to team training following a thigh injury.

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