- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, April 6th 2019
- Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 2-2 Wigan Athletic
Saturday, April 6th 2019
A late equaliser from Anthony Pilkington meant City had to settle for a point at home to Wigan Athletic.
City had fought back with second-half goals from Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer after Reece James netted from long-range in the first half for the Latics.
Substitute Niclas Eliasson crossed in for Taylor, who headed over the Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton, on his first league start since November. Palmer, another substitute, struck moments later to put City ahead.
However, in the game’s final moments, Leon Clarke’s shot was parried into the path of Pilkington, who levelled for Paul Cook’s side.
Head Coach Lee Johnson made one change to the side from Tuesday night’s victory away to Middlesbrough, with Taylor replacing the injured Andreas Weimann. Stefan Marinovic and Antoine Semenyo also returned to the substitutes bench, for Taylor and Korey Smith.
It had been over three weeks since City were last in action in BS3, following the international break and two away victories.
The away side would see the first chance of the game fall their way, as a Reece James set-piece fell to Chey Dunkley. His effort, however, went wide of Max O’Leary’s post.
Taylor had the ball in the back of the net within five minutes of his first league start since November, but the assistant referee’s flag was up for offside.
City also threatened through Jack Hunt. Jamie Paterson latched onto a ball forward, and his cross deflected to Hunt on the edge of the area. His volley was blocked well by a Wigan defender.
Josh Brownhill had a shot from long range, but his effort was easy enough for Christian Walton to handle.
Brownhill then turned provider to Jay Dasilva, whose brilliant first touch set him up for a first-time volley, which Walton tipped over the crossbar.
The Latics also had chances of their own, with Samy Morsy trying his luck from long range. His effort, however, went well wide of O’Leary’s goal.
A quick Taylor throw-in led to a Jamie Paterson chance, whose shot forced a City corner. From the resulting corner, Famara Diédhiou’s point-blank header went wide of the post.
And in Wigan’s next attack, they had the opener. James set his sights from distance, which left O’Leary no chance as it nestled in the top corner.
Diédhiou would come close to levelling the scores moments later. The 26-year-old beat his marker easily, before firing goalward. His effort was palmed away from goal by Walton.
Wigan then almost added a second. Nick Powell’s cross evaded any touch and came out off City’s post, as they eventually cleared their lines.
Four minutes after the restart, O’Leary had to be alert to deny Danny Fox. His volley was well-struck, but the 22-year-old palmed the effort away from goal.
City then introduced three substitutes just before the hour mark, with Lloyd Kelly, Eliasson and Palmer replacing Adam Wesbter, Jay Dasilva and Jamie Paterson respectively.
And Palmer almost made an instant impact, as his ball forward almost found the on-rushing and out-stretched Taylor.
From their next attack, City would be level, with another substitute heavily involved. Diédhiou came forward well and found Eliasson. The Swede’s cross was perfect for Taylor to head over Walton for the equaliser.
Moments later, City had completely turned the game on its head. Taylor attempted to break through the Wigan defence, but saw his path blocked by Dunkley. The Latics failed to clear their lines and a Dunkley slip saw the ball fall into Palmer’s path, who guided his effort into the top corner.
It could’ve been three not long after. A City corner was headed out to Brownhill, whose effort deflected into the path of Bailey Wright, who couldn’t set himself in time as he fired wide.
Diédhiou threatened the Wigan back-line once again. Attacking the back-peddling Fox, the Senegalese snatched at his shot and couldn’t hit the target.
The Latics would strike at the death to share the points. Clarke’s effort was saved by O’Leary before Pilkington stabbed in for an equaliser.
City return to action on Tuesday night (April 9th, 7.45pm KO), with West Bromwich Albion the visitors to Ashton Gate.
[Words by Ryan Payne]
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