Bristol City 1-1 Swansea: Nakhi Wells’ penalty sees hosts avoid second home defeat in a week after Jamal Lowe’s drilled left-shot had given visitors the lead
- Jamal Lowe opened the scoring for Swansea in their draw against Bristol City
- The winger fired home early in the second half after Connor Roberts’ good play
- Antoine Semenyo was brought down inside the box with eight minutes to go
- And Nakhi Wells made no mistake from the spot to ensure a point for the hosts
Nahki Wells’ composed penalty earned Bristol City a share of the spoils in this meeting with fellow promotion hopefuls Swansea.
Jamal Lowe had powered Swansea into the lead early in the second-half but Wells caressed his penalty high into the net to earn Dean Holden’s side a deserved point.
Both these clubs will expect to be in the end-of-season promotion shake-up in what could be one of the most madcap Championships seasons yet.
Nakhi Wells rescued a point for Bristol from the penalty spot in their draw against Swansea
Wells converted the spot kick after Antoine Semenyo was fouled inside the penalty area
Jamal Lowe had fired Swansea into the lead after good build-up work from Connor Roberts
Bristol City (3-5-2): Bentley; Vyner, Moore (Wells 78), Kalas (c); Sessegnon (Diedhiou 73), Weimann (O’Dowda 65), Brunt, Paterson, Dasilva; Martin, Semenyo
Substitutes not used: O’Leary (GK); Hunt, Rowe, Bakinson
Manager: Dean Holden
Scorer: Wells pen 84
Swansea City (3-4-2-1): Woodman; Guehi, Bennett, Cabango; Roberts, Fulton, Smith, Bidwell; Lowe (Gyokeres 77), Grimes (c), Ayew
Substitutes not used: Benda (GK); Manning, Routledge, Cullen, Dhanda, Naughton
Manager: Steve Cooper
Scorer: Lowe 51
Booked: Smith, Roberts, Fulton, Grimes, Ayew
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)
This early test of strength saw both teams show glimpses of their attacking quality without really creating any sustained periods of dominance.
It took almost half-an-hour for the game’s first chance of note, with Bristol’s Steven Sessegnon clearing the crossbar with a nicely struck volley from range.
Jamie Paterson then broke through the Swansea defensive ranks but fired straight at Swans keeper Freddie Woodman from a good position.
In what became a spell of sustained pressure for the hosts, Sessegnon made good progress down the right side to cross with Chris Martin’s diving header flying just wide.
Swansea’s clearest chance of the first-half came when Andre Ayew’s effort cannoned back off the crossbar from a Connor Roberts free-kick but referee Oliver Langford’s whistle had blown for an infringement.
Woodman was again called into action just before the break when Taylor Moore met Chris Brunt’s free-kick from the left.
Half-time came at the wrong time for the hosts, who had started to build up a head of steam and it was duly Swansea who seized the initiative six minutes after the break.
Matt Grimes found Roberts and his touch located Lowe in space inside the penalty area. Though the angle was tight, Lowe spun and smashed a left-footed shot across Dan Bentley and into the far corner.
Bristol City had been unbeaten in the league until their midweek defeat at home to Middlesbrough and they were kept at arm’s length by Swansea for much of the second half.
But seven minutes from the end, as Brunt floated in a free-kick, Roberts brought down Antoine Semenyo inside the box. Well made no mistake, chipping his penalty down the middle.
The winger, 26, drilled a left-foot shot past the goalkeeper early on in the second half
Andre Ayew was also a lively player during the fixture and caused problems for Bristol City
And the Ghanaian went very close to a goal of his own by heading the ball against the post
But Lewis made no mistake himself when it counted to put the visitors ahead at Ashton Gate
But Bristol City received a lifeline when Roberts brought down Semenyo inside the area
And Wells made no mistake from the resulting spot kick to ensure the shares were spoiled