Bristol City 1-1 Aston Villa: Brownhill’s strike earns City a point

Josh Brownhill’s strike earned Bristol City a much-deserved point at home to a physical Aston Villa side.

After just 10 minutes in what was set to be a close affair in the Championship, former Bristol City striker Tammy Abraham was denied by the referee after heading the ball home, fouling City keeper Niki Maenpaa in the process.

Minutes later, City took the lead through a right-footed effort from Josh Brownhill that somehow found its way into Orjan Nyland’s net, despite being struck straight at the Norwegian shot-stopper.

Another former City striker in Jonathan Kodjia was shown a yellow card after 25 minutes after a rash challenge on City right-back Jack Hunt. As expected, Kodjia endured a distasteful reception with the home fans not happy with the way he left the club.

Jack Grealish, unsurprisingly with the amount of diving he was pulling off, won a free-kick on the verge of the halfway stage. Conor Hourihane assisting a headed effort from Icelandic international Birkir Bjarnason – which found the back of the net to level proceedings at the break.

Just after the break, Niki Maenpaa was forced into action as he produced a scintillating save to deny John McGinn a second sensational strike in successive weeks.

Little happened in the remaining half-an-hour with the game just petering out. Tammy Abraham received a warm reception from the City crowd when being replaced by yet another former Robin in Yannick Bolasie.

The Robins will be hoping the results go their way tomorrow afternoon after yet again dropping points and they will take on Rotherham United on Wednesday evening up in Yorkshire.

Player Ratings:

Niki Maenpaa: 7

Jack Hunt: 7

Adam Webster: 7

Nathan Baker: 6

Lloyd Kelly: 6

Nicolas Elliason: 4

Marlon Pack: 6

Josh Brownhill: 7

Callum O’Dowda: 7

Matty Taylor: 6

Andreas Weimann: 5

Picture Credit: Bristol City

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