This is how it played out as Bristol City winless in six at home after Stoke mount comeback
How the action unfolded at Ashton Gate as Bristol City failed to win at home again
Both teams were keen to take the game by the scruff of the neck and utilise their pace up front, which led to a competitive opening few minutes.
The home side then began to get more of a foothold of possession, but Stoke’s solid shape made it difficult to craft any openings. Alex Neil’s side looked a threat in behind with their wide men.
Alex Scott provided the home team with their first shot of the match after 24 minutes when Andi Weimann won the ball high up and teed up the teenager to shoot from 20 yards out, but his left-footed effort was saved comfortably.
Zak Vyner and Wells both had efforts at goal soon after, as the Robins began to turn the screw. Weimann came inches away from giving his side the lead with half an hour played, when his delicate volley bounced off the post following a mouth-watering one-two with Wells.
Minutes later though, the Robins did have the advantage. Cameron Pring beat Brown on the left wing with some neat footwork and fired a ball across the goal line. Wells was perfectly placed in the area for the ball to hit him and rebound into the back of Jack Bonham’s net.
The visitors then began to enjoy some possession up until halftime without looking like scoring but were handed a lifeline moments before the break.
A speculative long ball into the box from Harry Souttar bounced off Andy King’s back and into the path of Delap, who reacted faster than Vyner to slot home through Max O’Leary’s legs.
Stoke tried to build on their late equaliser at the start of the second half and had it all their own way for the opening 10 minutes and took the lead in the 57th minute.
Tyrese Campbell squared up Pring and crossed low into the box with his right foot. The ball wasn’t cleared by and Brown was on hand to swivel and slot home from eight yards out.
Antoine Semenyo was ontroduced with half an hour to play and came centremeters away from making an instant impact. Wells’ cross looked perfect for the Ghanaian, but somehow the ball evaded his head from three yards out.
The striker thought he had won a penalty in the 65th minute when he stumbled after a challenge from Lewis Baker, but Geoff Eltringham said no spot kick.
Pearson’s side began to look likely again, and Weimann nearly made it 2-2 moments later, but his shot deflected wide. Mark Sykes’ left-footed shot was saved by Bonham as the Robins pushed for a late equaliser, but the visiting defence stood strong to take all three points.
Bristol City: Max O'Leary, Zak Vyner, Andy King (Chris Martin, 82), Kal Naismith, Cameron Pring, Andi Weimann, Joe Williams (Mark Sykes, 75), Matty James, Alex Scott, Nahki Wells, Tommy Conway (Antoine Semenyo, 60)