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Hull City 0 Bristol City 0: Nervy Tigers must wait for the big time after stalemate

Hull City 0 Bristol City 0: Nervy Tigers must wait for the big time

Colin Young


20:37 GMT, 19 April 2013



20:57 GMT, 19 April 2013

If Hull City are going to go back to the Barclays Premier League, they are determined to do it the hard way.

Just three days after losing at Wolves, Steve Bruce's side, who remain
second behind promoted Cardiff City, blew their chance to virtually
guarantee their return to the top flight with a victory over
bottom-placed Bristol City, who were relegated earlier in the week.

Hull's Matt Fryatt tussles with Liam Kelly of Bristol City

Running man: Hull's Matt Fryatt tussles with Liam Kelly of Bristol City

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Chester (Rosenior 86), Faye, Hobbs, Elmohamady, Boyd, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Gedo (Simpson 67), Fryatt (Proschwitz 67). Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Cairney, McShane, Fathi.

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Nyatanga, Moloney, Cunningham, Adomah (Anderson 86), Kilkenny, Kelly, Bates,Baldock (Howard 90), Davies (Burns 90). Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Louis Carey, Ajala.

Att: 18,595

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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The drab goalless draw at the KC Stadium has offered a lifeline to closest rivals Watford, who face Blackburn Rovers at Vicarage Road on Saturday and can now overtake Hull with three wins out of three. Bizarrely however, if Gianfranco Zola's side lose, Hull will be promoted.

That, of course, is the Championship but Hull never really looked like a team on the verge of leaving the division in the right direction in front of their anxious and frustrated supporters. Bristol City certainly looked like a team who are relegated.

They were the opponents five years ago when Dean Windass's dramatic late goal sealed Hull's promotion to the big time for the first time. There was no local hero to break the deadlock last night, or offer evidence that Hull will be able to avoid a return visit to Wembley to clinch promotion next month.

Hold up: Fryatt is blocked off by with Brendan Moloney

Hold up: Fryatt is blocked off by with Brendan Moloney

Pressure point: Hull boss Steve Bruce

Pressure point: Hull boss Steve Bruce

For all that their three-man defence had little to do, the home side
rarely troubled visiting keeper Tom Heaton. He didn't have a save to
make in the first half, which was down to the Tigers' nervy and
unconvincing approach play.


And when rare chances did fall their way in the penalty area, they were
wasted. Irish pair Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn both benefitted from
the tireless endeavours of their fellow countryman David Meyler but
Brady found the sidenetting and Quinn could only reach the 98 travelling
supporters who made the long journey north.

Hull, who travel to Barnsley next week, fared little better after the
break as Bruce tried to calm nerves among his players and the home
crowd. Even strong penalty appeals for a foul on Quinn 10 minutes from
time failed to convince referee Michael Oliver.

In fact, apart from a weak Brady free-kick, the only shot on target came
from Bristol's Sam Baldock who barely warmed David Stockdale's hands
with his drive.

Heaton did not have a meaningful save to make until the first minute
of added time when he denied Meyler with a superb two-handed stop from
12 yards after the home side finally penetrated the Bristol back line.

London Welsh face charges over fielding of ineligible player

London Welsh face charges over fielding of ineligible player

Andrew Baldock, Press Association


17:51 GMT, 26 February 2013



18:08 GMT, 26 February 2013

London Welsh are to face a Rugby Football Union competitions hearing after being charged with fielding an ineligible player in 'a number' of Aviva Premiership games this season.

The RFU has announced that the hearing will take place on March 5 in London. The issue relates to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats.

The governing body also said that London Welsh's former rugby manager Mike Scott is the subject of a separate RFU disciplinary hearing relating to the registration of the same player.

In the dock: Keats' inclusion has landed Welsh in hot water

In the dock: Keats' inclusion has landed Welsh in hot water

Scott has been charged under RFU Rule 5.12 for 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game' Scott's case will be heard at a later date.

London Welsh, Premiership newcomers this season, are currently three points above bottom club Sale Sharks with six league games remaining.

Should the Keats matter go against them, they could be facing a considerable points deduction and probable fine.

Sportsmail understands that Keats was ineligible for nine Premiership games that he appeared in this season. The news will be a hammer-blow to the club, who were promoted via last season's Championship play-offs.

In a statement, the RFU said: 'London Welsh are to appear at an RFU competitions hearing charged with fielding an ineligible player in a number of Aviva Premiership matches this season.

Not guilty: Keats isn't to blame for his club's predicament

Not guilty: Keats isn't to blame for his club's predicament

'The case relating to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats will be heard on Tuesday, March 5, by a panel of Jeremy Summers (chairman), Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty and Dr Julian Morris at the offices of Slater & Gordon, Chancery Lane, London.

'The club's former rugby manager Mike Scott is the subject of a separate RFU disciplinary hearing relating to the registration of the same player, and has been charged under RFU Rule 5.12 for 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game'.

'That case will be heard at a later date.'

London Welsh said tonight that they brought the matter to the RFU's attention after conducting an internal investigation earlier this month.

The club also said they wanted to stress than no fault in the matter resides with Keats.

London Welsh chief executive Tony Copsey said: 'This is obviously a serious matter which the club has not only brought to the attention of the RFU, but is also working closely with the RFU to provide full co-operation while the case is being prepared and ultimately heard next week.

'Due to the sensitive nature and the impending hearing, the club is unable to make any further comment at this time.'

Gloucester 12 London Irish 18: Skivington double gives Exiles important win

Gloucester 12 London Irish 18: Skivington double gives Exiles important win

Andrew Baldock, Press Association


20:22 GMT, 5 January 2013



20:22 GMT, 5 January 2013

Relegation candidates London Irish ripped up the Aviva Premiership form book by stunning title play-off contenders Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Irish had already lost three times to their hosts in domestic and European competitions this season, but two first-half tries from lock George Skivington helped the Exiles exact revenge.

Centre Steven Shingler added a penalty and conversion, while England international Freddie Burns booted four Gloucester penalties, yet Irish deserved a first Premiership away victory this season at the seventh attempt, and t was sealed by full-back Tom Homer's late penalty.

George Skivington scores the winning try for London Irish

Reaching for the line: George Skivington scores the winning try for London Irish

It took them five points above bottom club Sale Sharks, who tackle Saracens tomorrow, and sent them into a five-week league break with renewed optimism of avoiding the drop.

In contrast, a losing bonus point was scant consolation for Gloucester after a four-month unbeaten home record disappeared.

They were architects of their own downfall in many ways, taking wrong options, lacking the patience to break Irish down and losing composure when clear attacking opportunities presented themselves.

While the west country club remain firmly in the play-off picture, they could have few complaints about a defeat that underlined the Premiership's tight, intense nature this term.

Former England skipper Mike Tindall captained Gloucester in the absence of finger injury victim Jim Hamilton. Tom Savage filled Hamilton's second-row berth, while loosehead prop Dan Murphy took over from Nick Wood and Rob Cook returned at full-back.

Skivington was the difference between the two sides at Kingsholm

Scramble: Skivington was the difference between the two sides at Kingsholm

Irish included England centre Jonathan Joseph on the wing – Sailosi Tagicakibau and Shingler were rugby director Brian Smith's preferred midfield partnership – but England prop Alex Corbisiero failed a late fitness test and was replaced by Max Lahiff.

Burns booted Gloucester into a second-minute lead, yet Irish were not daunted by the size of their task, and after Shingler landed an equalising penalty they deservedly went ahead.

Gloucester were guilty of trying to run before they could walk, throwing out ambitious passes that were invariably spilled, with Burns guilty inside his own 22 by lobbing an ill-conceived ball to wing Charlie Sharples that Irish almost capitalised upon.

The visitors' opening try, though, arrived after 23 minutes when a spell of concerted pressure near Gloucester's line resulted in Skivington powering over. It was Irish's first touchdown for almost five hours of Premiership rugby.

Shingler missed the conversion, but Irish continued to grow in confidence and they capitalised on another Gloucester blunder after Burns had kicked his second penalty.

England's Ben Morgan batters the Irish line

Powerhouse: England's Ben Morgan batters the Irish line

Gloucester wing Shane Monahan was the guilty party, making a hash of trying to gather the ball just inside the home 22, and Irish scrum-half Pat Phibbs scrambled possession to Skivington, who touched down unopposed.

Shingler landed the conversion, and Gloucester could have few complaints about a 15-6 interval deficit as Irish threatened a first Premiership away win since they triumphed at Worcester last April.

The only blot on Irish's landscape was an injury to England squad hooker David Paice, who limped off on the stroke of half-time and was replaced by former Gloucester forward Scott Lawson.

Irish's Sailosi Tagicakibau evades a Gloucester tackle

Raw pace: Irish's Sailosi Tagicakibau evades a Gloucester tackle

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies made a triple substitution just 10 minutes into the second period, taking off Murphy, scrum-half Jimmy Cowan and flanker Akapusi Qera, but there was no immediate sign of his team showing an improvement.

Irish were content to keep their defensive shape and absorb Gloucester's heavy-duty runners, although Burns gave the home side hope when he completed his penalty hat-trick after 58 minutes and then slotted a fourth penalty three minutes later.

Shingler, having missed four of his six shots at goal, was replaced by Homer, and his 73rd-minute penalty from 40 metres meant Gloucester were sunk.

And they finished the game with 14 players when lock Will James was sin-binned by referee David Rose following a melee that spilled over the touchline in front of the main grandstand.

Tom Homer manages to get the ball away

Releasing: Tom Homer manages to get the ball away

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Bristol City 3 – match report:

Sheff Wed 2 Bristol City 3: Jones' future in balance after Baldock and Adomah seal win

Jonathan Veal, Press Association


17:37 GMT, 8 December 2012



17:37 GMT, 8 December 2012

Bristol City mounted a sterling late response to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the battle of the npower Championship strugglers which leaves Owls boss Dave Jones clinging on to his job.

Jones, who saw his side come into the game on the back of six successive defeats, had received a vote of confidence from Milan Mandaric a fortnight ago, and he looked to be overseeing a home win until the Robins' late show.

Wednesday were leading 2-1 with 12 minutes to go thanks to goals from Miguel Llera and Gary Madine, though Llera's involvement did not end there.

In the balance: Dave Jones watched his side slump to defeat again

In the balance: Dave Jones watched his side slump to defeat again


Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Taylor, Llera, Antonio, Lines, J Johnson (Mayor 81), Helan, Prutton, Madine, O'Grady (Rodri 81)

Subs not used: Bywater, Mattock, McCabe, Lee, Maguire

Booked: Taylor, Llera, Prutton

Goals: Llera 3, Madine 79

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Bryan (Anderson 84), Bates, Elliott, Adomah, Danns, Baldock (Pearson 90), Taylor

Subs not used: Gerken, Wilson, Wilson, Kilkenny, Reid

Goals: Baldock 18 (pen), 86 (pen), Adomah 88

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 20,449

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The Portuguese defender gave away a
penalty to allow Sam Baldock to equalise at 1-1 and then another six
minutes after Madine's goal.

Then, just a minute after Baldock had
levelled for the second time from the spot, Albert Adomah curled in a
fine 22-yard free-kick to put Derek McInnes' side ahead.

The drama was not done there, though,
as after Wednesday appealed for a penalty, Madine slammed home the
ball, but referee Andre Mariner, who had caused Jones much chagrin
throughout the afternoon, ruled out the effort and awarded a free-kick
to City.

And there was no coming back from
that for Wednesday, who slumped to a seventh defeat on the bounce, which
Jones will do well to survive.

The win was City's third in the last 15 games and keeps them in touching distance of those teams just above the drop zone.

It had been the perfect start for Wednesday as they went in front with just two minutes on the clock.

After early pressure Chris Lines
curled an inviting corner into the six-yard box for Llera to meet it
with an unstoppable header.

The Owls were far better all over the park and they should have had a further two goals inside the opening 10 minutes.

First Madine fired in a weak effort
when being fed by Chris O'Grady and then O'Grady himself missed a fine
chance when he was stretching after Jermaine Johnson had left Liam
Fontaine on his backside.

But out of nothing the Robins found
themselves level in the 17th minute. Baldock received the ball into his
feet in the penalty area, he turned Llera and the big centre-half
brought him down.

Marriner pointed to the spot and Baldock calmly sent Chris Kirkland the wrong way.

Both sides clearly knew the importance of a win and went for it in an open second half.

Baldock fizzed an effort just wide
from a training-ground corner while Johnson's cross for Wednesday was
deflected just over with at least two men waiting to knock it in.

Chances continued to come at both
ends with Baldock forcing Kirkland into a fine save from 16 yards and
then Madine spurning a superb chance from eight yards, shooting straight
at Tom Heaton.

But it was City that began to take
control and Adomah wasted a great chance to set a team-mate up at the
byline but he picked out nobody and then Fontaine and Neil Danns had
efforts go close.

However, Wednesday weathered the storm and hit City on the break to regain the lead in the 78th minute.

Johnson broke at pace, making up
yards of ground, and fired a low shot that was too hot for Heaton to
handle and Madine atoned for his earlier misses by slotting home the
rebound from eight yards.

It was harsh on City, but they were
back on level terms again just six minutes later through another Baldock
penalty, this time after Llera had handled.

And two minutes later Adomah curled a
superb effort in from a free-kick to pour the misery on Wednesday,
which was made even worse by the late controversy.

Bristol City 1 Wolves 4: Doyle double downs Robins as Wolves breeze to victory

Bristol City 1 Wolves 4: Doyle double downs Robins as Wolves breeze to victory


17:30 GMT, 1 December 2012



17:37 GMT, 1 December 2012

Wolves recorded an emphatic away win in the npower Championship match at Ashton Gate to ease the pressure on manager Stale Solbakken.

His struggling side came into this match without a win in nine games, their worst sequence at this level for 21 years, but they blew away City in a fantastic first half thanks to goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Bjorn Sigurdarson and a Kevin Doyle double.

Doyle came very close to his hat-trick after the break and Roger Johnson hit the crossbar before Neil Danns' classy goal in the 85th minute gave the City fans something to cheer about.

Out in front: Kevin Doyle celebrates scoring Wolves' third goal

Out in front: Kevin Doyle celebrates scoring Wolves' third goal

Match facts

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Bates, Fontaine, Bryan, Adomah, Elliott, Kilkenny (Baldock 46), Danns, Pearson,Taylor (Davies 58). Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Anderson, Reid, Danny Wilson.

Yellow cards: Danns, Davies.

Scorer: Danns 85.

Wolves: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Sigurdarson (Nouble 86), Edwards (Davis 60), Henry,Sako, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle (Forde 72). Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Pennant, Batth.

Scorers: Ebanks-Blake 20,Doyle 25,41,Sigurdarson 44.

Att: 13,892

Ref: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

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Derek McInnes made just one change as he looked to lead City to a victory over Wolves for the first time in 19 years with Ryan Taylor replacing Stephen Davies up front.

Solbakken shuffled his pack following the midweek home defeat to Millwall with captain Karl Henry returning to the side after suspension along with Kevin Foley and Ebanks-Blake.

It was Wolves, 19th in the table coming into this match, who started the brighter and they should really have taken the lead in the fourth minute when Ebanks-Blake missed a gilt-edged chance after Bakary Sako's low cross found the striker unmarked in the box but he somehow put his effort wide.

Four minutes later it was City's turn to threaten when Danns' cross found Liam Fontaine but his volley was right at Carl Ikeme.

Ebanks-Blake had another chance for the visitors shortly after but he headed over from 12 yards out.

The Robins are the only team in the Football League yet to keep a clean sheet and so it was no surprise when Ebanks-Blake opened the scoring in the 20th minute with his first goal in nine games.

Fontaine cleared a corner only as far as Stephen Ward, whose fine volley was diverted in by the former Manchester United trainee.

The lead was doubled just four minutes later when a fine move ended with Doyle bundling Sigurdarson's cross from the right flank past Tom Heaton for his first away goal since February.

The Ireland international had only scored three times in 19 appearances this season but netted his second in just 16 first-half minutes with a wonderful solo goal.

The former Reading striker picked the ball up in his own half and ran unchallenged before slotting home.

And just a minute before half-time the visitors made sure of their first three points in 10 games with another fine move, finished off with a left-foot shot across Heaton from Sigurdarson after Ebanks-Blake teed him up.

McInnes introduced Sam Baldock at half-time but Wolves picked up where they left off with Doyle coming close to a hat-trick on two occasions, the first was cleared off the line by Matthew Bates and his second effort was saved by Heaton.

City were then inches away from finding themselves five down when Johnson met a corner with a header that bounced off Heaton's bar.

Baldock then had his side's best chance of the game when Foster found him 10 yards out but he could not test Ikeme.

Danns had a low drive saved by the Wolves keeper before the Leicester loanee netted a consolation in style from 25 yards with five minutes to go.

Bristol City players try to sell half-season tickets at supermarket as Christmas gifts

Tis the season to be jolly… so say struggling Bristol City players as they try to sell tickets to fans at a supermarket



15:04 GMT, 28 November 2012

It’s that time of year when clubs across the country try to attract more supporters to the ground by offering half-season tickets – but some have gone to greater lengths than others.

While Rangers got Ally McCoist to pose with a cardboard cracker to entice more fans into Ibrox after Christmas, Bristol City have taken a step in the modern direction by making an online video.

Sales pitch: Bristol City's stars have launched a campaign to help the club shift half-season tickets to fans in time for Christmas

Sales pitch: Bristol City's stars have launched a campaign to help the club shift half-season tickets to fans in time for Christmas

The Championship club produced a story of one hapless fan that decided against renewing his season ticket last summer and has since failed to dislodge the club from his mind.

That includes thinking he is being served in the supermarket by strikers Sam Baldock and Ryan Taylor, and even waking up in bed to find goalkeeper Tom Heaton by his side instead of his wife.

All I want for Christmas is you: Bristol City are struggling in the Championship but hope to turn their season around

All I want for Christmas is you: Bristol City are struggling in the Championship but hope to turn their season around

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It’s a well thought out advert from the club who are battling relegation from England’s second tier and from this Monday will offer 11 Ashton Gate games for 149 – that’s close to seeing one match at Arsenal with a pie and a pint thrown in too.

It’s not the first time a team has taken to making an online video to sell tickets. While Bristol City’s fine attempt should be applauded, Crystal Palace’s cheerleaders singing ‘Call Me Maybe’ still sets a high bar to be beaten.

Brighton 2 Bristol City 0 – match report

Brighton 2 Bristol City 0: Hammond and Orlandi open accounts to keep run going



22:17 GMT, 27 November 2012

Dean Hammond and Andrea Orlandi opened their accounts for the season to stretch Brighton`s unbeaten run to seven games.

Hammond nodded home a cross early on from close range to put the home side ahead before Orlandi swung in a free-kick which went through a crowded area to make it 2-0.

Despite the best efforts of the visitors Albion chalked up just their second clean sheet in eight games and picked up three more points.

Opening an account: Dean Hammond scored his first goal of the season

Opening an account: Dean Hammond scored his first goal of the season


Brighton: Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Painter (Calderon – 84' ), Hammond, Orlandi, Bridcutt, Buckley, Hoskins (Crofts 77), Dobbie (Mackail-Smith 59),

Subs not used: Brezovan, El-Abd, David Lopez, Barnes

Goals: Hammond 6, Orlandi 26

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, Bryan, Bates, Kilkenny (Reid 86), Pearson, Elliott (Baldock 80), Adomah, Danns, Davies (Taylor 46),

Subs not used: Gerken, Carey, Wilson, Woolford

Referee: Whitestone

Attendance: 24,044


Brighton boss Gus Poyet shuffled his
strikers after Saturday`s 1-1 draw with Bolton. Will Hoskins and Stephen
Dobbie were given the nod with with Ashley Barnes and Craig
Mackail-Smith dropping to the bench.

The visitors, buoyed by a shock 3-1
win at Middlesbrough, made two changes with Steven Davies, who stepped
off the bench to score at the Riverside, and Matthew Bates, back from
injury, being recalled to the starting line-up.

It was the home side who started the
brighter and took an early lead after just six minutes. Will Buckley won
a free-kick on the right which was taken short by Orlandi and clipped
into the box by Liam Bridcutt for Hammond to head home.

And 20 minutes later Brighton`s
advantage was doubled from another set-piece. Orlandi`s inswinging
free-kick caught out Tom Heaton completely and the ball went through the
keeper's legs before ending up in the back of the net.

Orlandi, having opened his Seagulls
account for the season, then tried his luck with a curling effort from
the edge of the box that flew inches past the post.

Gotcha: Will Hoskins (top) is tackled by Matthew Bates

Gotcha: Will Hoskins (top) is tackled by Matthew Bates

In the 36th minute City carved out
their first real chance of the match when Stephen Pearson, who netted in
Saturday`s victory, crashed a left-footed effort off Tomasz Kuszczak`s
crossbar from 20 yards out after being teed up by Marvin Elliott.

Just four minutes later Derek
McInnes` men had another big chance to get back into the match but Neil
Danns` effort was cleared off the line by Gordon Greer after the
Leicester loanee was picked out at the back post. And when the ball fell
back to Danns again he was denied by Kuszczak.

Brighton started the second half as they had the first and created two great chances shortly after the break.

First Hoskins nodded Buckley`s ball
down to Orlandi who fired over before Hoskins ran onto Dobbie`s through
ball and his low shot was kept out by Heaton.

Audacious: Hoskins tries an ambitious overhead kick

Audacious: Hoskins tries an ambitious overhead kick

City continued to pile on the
pressure as they looked for just their third away win of the season with
Albert Adomah and Neil Kilkenny both trying their luck from long-range
but to no avail.

Hoskins, making his first start for
the club since January, had the Seagulls` next chance at the end of a
flowing move with an acrobatic effort in the 76th minute which was well
blocked by Bates.

The 395 travelling fans almost had a late goal to cheer about but half-time substitute Ryan Taylor headed Kilkenny`s cross wide.

Bristol City 1 Blackpool 1 match report: Thomas Ince and Steven Davies score penalties

Bristol City 1 Blackpool 1: Ince's late spot kick grabs a point but Robins end losing streak


17:29 GMT, 17 November 2012



17:29 GMT, 17 November 2012

Thomas Ince's late penalty denied Bristol City their first victory since mid-September but Steven Davies' spot-kick meant Derek McInnes' men ended a run of seven straight npower Championship defeats.

Davies slammed a penalty past Matt Gilks in the 81st minute after Albert Adomah was fouled, ending a goal drought stretching back nearly seven hours, but Ince had the final say on the stroke of 90 minutes.

McInnes made five changes to his line-up as they looked to put an end to their awful run of form.

No mistake: Thomas Ince converts from 12 yards

No mistake: Thomas Ince converts from 12 yards

Match facts

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Bates, Fontaine, Bryan, Danns (Anderson 75), Kilkenny (Reid 90), Elliott, Adomah, Stead (Davies 80), Pearson. Subs not used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Baldock, James Wilson.

Booked: Pearson.

Goals: Davies 81 pen.

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Sylvestre, Basham, Grandin, Ince, Kevin Phillips (Dicko 74), Delfouneso. Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Gomes, Bruna, Martinez, Harris.

Booked: Baptiste, Basham.

Goals: Ince 90 pen.

Att: 12,009.

Ref: Gavin Ward.

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Former Middlesbrough captain Matthew
Bates, who signed a short-term deal with City just an hour before
kick-off, went straight into the side along with Leicester loanee Neil
Danns. Elsewhere Jon Stead, Joe Bryan and Stephen Pearson were all
handed starts.

Michael Appleton, a former team-mate
of McInnes, named Kevin Phillips and Ian Evatt in his starting XI while
Nathan Delfouneso was given the nod after his equaliser against Bolton
last weekend.

The home side came agonisingly close
to scoring for the first time in four games after just nine minutes when
Neil Kilkenny drilled the ball against the bar from 35 yards out, and
at the other end Ince cut inside but his effort was well saved by Tom

Adomah, back from mid-week
international duty with Ghana, was the next winger to cut inside and try
his luck but his left-footed shot failed to test Seasiders keeper Gilks
after a clever one-two with Kilkenny.

Delfouneso and Phillips both tried
their luck before the interval, the latter with a speculative 35-yard
effort, but Bristol City's defence held firm.

Gilks needed to be alert to keep the
game goalless shortly after the break, the Scot racing off his line to
deny Jon Stead after the ball broke to the former Huddersfield striker
after an under-hit backpass from Event.

Ince then warmed the gloves of City
keeper Heaton from distance in the 51st minute before Craig Cathcart put
his body on the line to bravely block a strike from Marvin Elliott on
the hour mark.

In the lead: Steven Davies converts from the penalty spot

In the lead: Steven Davies converts from the penalty spot

Appleton's side were finding
themselves in positive positions but continued to shoot straight at
Heaton, Phillips the latest to do that on 63 minutes after Ludovic
Sylvestre led a counter attack and the ball fell to the experienced

The visitors then came incredibly
close to breaking the deadlock two minutes later when Delfouneso ran
clear and his effort from 20 yards hit the post.

When the ball fell to Ince, the
winger had time to pick his spot but Heaton pulled off a top-class save
to keep out his effort from 12 yards.

In the 78th minute, Gilks hauled down Adomah after the winger chased a long ball and referee Gavin Ward pointed to the spot.

McInnes sent on Davies for Stead
while the penalty was waiting to be taken and their top scorer stepped
up to send Gilks the wrong way with his first touch.

But just when it looked like City
would celebrate their first victory since September 18 the ball hit
debutant Bates' hand inside the box and Ince stepped up to net the

Bristol City 3 Burnley 4: Chris McCann scores late winner

Bristol City 3 Burnley 4: McCann scores winner in SIXTH minute of injury time after thrilling clash



21:21 GMT, 23 October 2012

Chris McCann grabbed a winner deep into stoppage time as Burnley edged a seven-goal thriller in the npower Championship at Ashton Gate.

Substitute Paul Anderson looked to have secured a 90th-minute point for Bristol City when Albert Adomah's free-kick cannoned back off the bar, but midfielder McCann headed home Kieran Trippier's raking set-piece in the sixth minute of time added on.

Charlie Austin escaped the attentions of the City defence to give Burnley a ninth-minute lead, scoring for the eighth consecutive match to equal a club record set by Ray Pointer in the 1958/59 season.

Classic: Burnley edged out Bristol City in a seven-goal thriller

Classic: Burnley edged out Bristol City in a seven-goal thriller

Match facts

Bristol City: Heaton, Mark Wilson, Fontaine (Louis Carey 55), McManus, Foster, Adomah, Morris, Skuse, Bryan (Anderson 64), Baldock, Davies (Taylor 64).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Pitman, James Wilson.

Goals: Davies 17, Baldock 77 pen, Anderson 90.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier ,Duff, Shackell, Mee, Stock, Paterson (Ings 78), McCann, Marney, Stanislas (Stewart 87), Austin (Vokes 90).

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, O'Neill, Mills.

Booked: Duff, Stock, McCann, Mee.

Goals: Austin 9, 59 pen, Paterson 60, McCann 90.

Attendance: 11,836

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey).

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The 23-year-old's 13 goals in this period compared to Pointer's 12 put him one ahead in the record books – a position Burnley were not in for very long on the pitch thanks to Steven Davies' free-kick.

City were on top for the rest of the opening period but were left to rue their failure to make the pressure count as Burnley raced clear with a quickfire double.

Handball in the area by Mark Wilson allowed Austin to make it 14 in eight and Martin Paterson's deflected strike found the net moments later.

Sam Baldock's penalty set up a grandstand finish and both sides obliged, leaving Burnley caretaker manager Terry Pashley with two wins from as many games in charge.

McCann's lofted pass from deep caught out the Robins backline and Austin stole in to round goalkeeper Tom Heaton and seemingly inevitably open the scoring.

Burnley's enterprising start was emphatically checked in the 17th minute when Michael Duff fouled Davies just outside the D.

Complaints from the visitors that Davies had gone to ground a little easily were compounded when the same player picked himself up and arched the free-kick over the defensive wall and into the net.

Burnley found themselves largely on the back foot after City's equaliser, but it remained all square at half-time after Liam Fontaine fizzed a volley over from Stephen McManus' header.

A quiet start to the second half exploded around the hour as Pashley's men took first control of the contest.

Paterson's header from Junior Stanislas' cross struck Wilson on the hand, referee Lee Collins pointed to the spot and Austin duly obliged to register his 18th goal of the season after 59 minutes.

It was three a minute later when Paterson's back-post effort from McCann's cross took a wicked deflection off Richard Foster to leave Heaton with no chance.

City were handed a lifeline in the 75th minute when Burnley centre-back Michael Duff was adjudged to have fouled McManus from Wilson's corner and Baldock slammed the penalty into the centre of the goal.

Adomah fired against the underside of the bar after being fouled by Brian Stock to leave Anderson with a simple finish – a luxury McCann was not afforded when he angled home at the death to condemn City to a third straight loss.

Bolton 3 Bristol City 2 – match report

Bolton 3 Bristol City 2: Late Petrov winner completes stunning Trotters comeback



16:32 GMT, 20 October 2012

Bolton recovered from a woeful start to claim a morale-boosting victory over Bristol City in their first game since Owen Coyle's departure.

Under the caretaker management of Jimmy Phillips, a revitalised Wanderers outfit showed admirable character following Steven Davies' early brace at the Reebok Stadium.

Davies, on only his second start for the Robins, followed up a superb third-minute volley by dispatching a disputed penalty, but goals either side of half-time from Chris Eagles and Jay Spearing levelled things up.

Comeback kings: Bolton had been 2-0 down in the opening minutes

Comeback kings: Bolton had been 2-0 down in the opening minutes


Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Ream, Warnock, Eagles, Mark Davies, Spearing, Petrov (Pratley 90), Kevin Davies, Afobe (Lee 80).

Subs Not Used: Lynch, Andrews, Ngog, Ricketts, Riley.

Goals: Eagles 31, Spearing 62, Petrov 82.

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Louis Carey, McManus, Fontaine, Adomah, Skuse, Pearson, Woolford (Pitman 85), Baldock, Davies (Taylor 63).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Bryan, Anderson, Morris.

Booked: McManus, Skuse, Louis Carey.

Goals: Davies 3,21 pen.

Attendance: 17,259

Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

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Several chances went begging for
Bolton either side of Spearing's equaliser, yet there was still time for
Martin Petrov to pop up with a deserved winner in the 82nd minute.

Petrov, Tim Ream and Benik Afobe
gained recalls as Phillips made three changes to the Bolton side
defeated at Millwall in the final game of Coyle's reign.

Experienced centre-half Stephen
McManus was handed a second debut by City after returning on loan from
Middlesbrough, while Martyn Woolford and Davies came in for Jody Morris
and Ryan Taylor.

It took Davies little time to make an
impact. A short corner routine resulted in Stephen Pearson swinging over
a cross from the left and the former Tranmere and Derby forward
connected with a acrobatic left-footed volley that gave Adam Bogdan no

With their next meaningful attack, the
Robins earned a penalty – much to the fury of the home support – when
Woolford, running from left to right across the area, tumbled under a
challenge from Ream.

Head over heels: Bolton's Chris Eagles is challenged by Cole Skuse

Head over heels: Bolton's Chris Eagles is challenged by Cole Skuse

Davies stepped up and confidently found the bottom-right corner from 12 yards as Bogdan went the wrong way.

Wanderers skipper Kevin Davies did his
best to inspire an immediate comeback; the veteran saw a half-hearted
appeal for a spot-kick turned down and also fired over on the turn.

Yet it was Eagles who pulled one back
in the 31st minute, drilling a powerful free-kick under the wall to
register his sixth goal of the season after he had been felled on the
edge of the box.

The hosts continued to improve
thereafter, but survived another penalty claim when Sam Baldock's cross
appeared to strike Ream on the arm.

Bolton upped the tempo once more at
the start of the second half and Mark Davies fired wide from 15 yards
before Petrov and Spearing brought routine saves from Tom Heaton.

With the visitors coming under increasing pressure, Heaton reacted sharply to deny Afobe from close range.

City's goalkeeper was powerless, however, when Spearing latched on to a neat through-ball from Kevin Davies and finished coolly.

The provider of Bolton's equaliser
almost prodded his side into the lead moments later, and Heaton
continued to be kept busy as the whistle approached.

Ultimately, it was to be Petrov who
had the final say. The Bulgarian opened up his body to find the far
corner after being played in down the right by good link-up play from
Eagles and substitute Lee Chung-yong.