Bristol City player ratings: ‘Dangerous, assured’ - Two 8/10’s scored in Blackburn draw

Bristol City came from behind but could not beat ten-man Blackburn Rovers at Ashton Gate.

Bristol City were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Blackburn Rovers at Ashton Gate on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

An intense but underwhelming first-half display from both sides saw the game goalless at the break, as Ben Brereton-Diaz and Nahki Wells had the best chances of the first 45 minutes.

10 minutes into the second half, the visitors were ahead. A well-weighted through ball from Joe Rankin-Costello found Tyler Morton. The Liverpool loanee pulled the ball back to Bradley Dack, who slotted the ball in from eight yards out.

City were denied a route back into the game when Wells looked to have been brought down in the area. But referee Tim Robinson said no, and minutes later, City levelled the tie.

Zak Vyner’s long-range shot was pushed out unnecessarily by Thomas Kaminski, and the ball fell into the path of Antoine Semenyo to tap home.

With 15 minutes to play, Daniel Ayala was dismissed when he received a second yellow card for a foul on Wells.

Nigel Pearson’s side pushed for a winning goal and thought they had found one when youngster Sam Bell fired in from Kal Naismith’s pass in the 90th minute. But the flag was up for offside, as the Blue and Whites held on for their first EFL Championship draw of the season.

The result sees the Robins remain in 17th position, as Jon Dahl Tomasson’s team move up two places to fourth.

Semenyo has been at the centre of attention for City this week following two unsuccessful bids from Bournemouth but showed no signs of being distracted with a strong display.

The Robins will host West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup fourth round next weekend.

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