Bristol City 0-0 Nottingham Forest: Robins frustrated by 10-man side
Bristol C vs N Forest
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 23rd November
Nottingham Forest held out to make a Championship attraction at Bristol City.
The traffic had looked the better side before midfielder Ryan Yates picked up a direct red card from referee Craig Pawson on Adam Nagy, which provoked an angry reaction from City players following 56 minutes for a challenge.
From then on City poured forward in search of a winner, but were not able to create many openings against determined and well-organised competitions.
Both sides attacked promise in an open , but it was who carried the greater threat.
Tiago Silva’s eighth-minute taken from just outside the box was deflected wide and the corner to the far post saw Yates put in a drive for Famara Diedhiou to clean off the line.
The traffic continued to make opportunities and the 15th-minute shot of Joe Lolley had been saved by Dan Bentley.
Lewis Grabban saw a 24th-minute effort diverted finished before Andreas Weimann set in City goal attempt of note, a long standing shot that has been a yard wide.
Forest’s Sammy Ameobi picked up the first card of the match for a late struggle.
By then both defences were looking more protected, however, it was City who would feel happier with all the goalless half-time score having been under plenty of pressure.
Forest began the second half at a similar fashion to the initial and Bentley needed to earn a 50th-minute rescue to keep the low drive of Silva out.
But City went near a guide when Weimann cross in the right took a deflection and struck the post and shortly flexed their muscles that were assaulting.
Came Yates’ second and Forest unexpectedly faced an uphill job.
Boss Sabri Lamouchi responded using a substitution, taking Ameobi off and sending on former City winger Albert Adomah.
City head coach Lee Johnson made two modifications of his own, switching out of his wing-back formation to 4-4-2 and introducing Niclas Eliasson and Kasey Palmer to get Callum O’Dowda and Bailey Wright.
Forest had a chance to take the lead when mistakes by Nagy and Adam Baker gifted a opportunity however saw his effort go wide.
Weimann capitalised at the end, but his volley from 12 yards cleared the crossbar. It was the striker’s final action before being replaced by Rodri.
As his team had to defend a series of Eliasson crosses that were dangerous forest goalkeeper Brice Samba was booked for time-wasting at the closing stages.
Rodri volleyed over from close range after an Eliasson corner and it demonstrated City’s last chance.