Report: Blues 1 Bristol City 1

Blues goalscorer Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Blues goalscorer Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Lukas Jutkiewicz headed the hosts into the lead just after the hour-mark before Tommy Rowe snatched an 83rd minute equaliser for the West Country outfit.


Blues were denied a second victory of the new campaign after Bristol City scored a late leveller at the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Lukas Jutkiewicz headed the hosts into the lead just after the hour-mark with a trademark finish, before Tommy Rowe snatched a point with an 83rd minute equaliser for the West Country outfit.

Blues made a lively start on a bright but extremely blustery afternoon in the Second City..

And with just six minutes gone they weren’t far away from taking the lead as new signing Fran Villalba unleashed a ferocious effort from the edge of the area, which Robins ‘keeper David Bentley did superbly well to tip behind for a corner.

Gary Gardner then headed the ball down into the ground and just over the bar.

Blues began to positively zip the ball around and were fashioning some excellent passages of play, although just failing to find that killer ball in the final third.

Midway through the first half Blues were given a major scare as Benik Afobe was put through by Kasey Palmer. But with the deadline day loan signing from Stoke looking odds on to score with just Lee Camp to beat, the Blues stopper denied him with a fine diving save to push the ball away.

Minutes later Gardner took aim from just outside the 18-yard box, but his curling attempt flew a yard high of the goal.

But Bristol were continuing to look a threat themselves particularly on the break and Maxime Colin needed to be alert to head the ball away from the far post with Camp stranded and a Bristol player looming.

With 40 minutes on the clock the ball fell to Afobe on the edge of the Blues area, but the powerful frontman blasted his effort well over the bar.

Then in the final minute of the half Blues had a shout for a penalty as Jutkiewicz appeared to be shoved as he met the ball with a header at the far post, but referee Oliver Langford waved his protestations away.

Half-time: Blues 0 Bristol City 0

Just 30 seconds after the restart Bristol won a free kick in a dangerous position just to the front right of the Blues area but were able to clear the subsequent ball away after it was floated into the box.

On 55 there was a massive scramble inside the Blues area, with several of the home players throwing themselves in the way of the ball to protect their goal and eventually the ball was deflected behind for a corner.

Blues were then inches away from breaking the deadlock after some neat passing play in the final third saw the ball reach Jutkiewicz. The striker held off his marker before testing the ‘keeper with a stinging effort which he just about got to with his fingertips.

But the Juke wasn’t to be denied for much longer as he headed Blues into the lead just after the hour mark when he met Roberts cross with an expertly guided header at the far post back across the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

The hosts came close to doubling their lead minutes later when substitute Wes Harding laid the ball off to Gardner just minutes after entering the fray, but the midfielder fired directly into the side netting of the goal.

The Robins should have levelled on 75, but once again Afobe was guilty of squandering a golden opportunity.

He found himself through on goal, but Camp raced out and blocked his effort well with his body.

With just seven minutes of normal time remaining the visitors found themselves right back in the game through Tommy Rowe.

Palmer’s pass split the Blues defence and Rowe made no mistake as he drilled the ball home into the far corner.
Pep Clotet’s side now head to Nottingham Forest unbeaten in their first two Championship fixtures and with four points on the board.

Blues (4-3-2-1): Camp, Pedersen, Roberts, Dean, Colin, Sunjic, G Gardner, Davis, Crowley (Harding, 66), Villalba (Medina, 89), Jutkiewicz.

Subs (not used): Stockdale (gk), C Gardner, Clarke-salter, Gimenez, Bailey.

Bookings: Sunjic (33), Davis (81).

Goals: Jutkiewicz (64).

Bristol City (3-4-2-1): Bentley, Nagy, Wright (Eliasson, 72), Baker, Brownhill, Weimann (Diedhiou, 72), Kalas, Rowe, Perreira (Hunt, 51), Afobe, Palmer.

Subs (not used): Gilmartin (gk), Szmodics, Semenyo, Massengo.

Bookings: Palmer (58), Hunt (62).

Goals: Rowe (83).

Referee: Oliver Langford.
Attendance: 21,808 (2,167 Bristol City fans).