Bristol City 1-1 Swansea: Nakhi Wells' penalty rescues point for hosts

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 

This was an early season test of strength between two clubs highly likely to be in the Championship’s promotion shake-up. The sharing of the spoils, therefore, wasn’t entirely unexpected.

Both came away satisfied to a certain extent. Bristol City remain second in the embryonic table, trailing only pace-setters Reading. Swansea extended their unbeaten run away from home to 10 regular season league games and, like their hosts, have still only lost the once this season.

But Steve Cooper was left cursing the late penalty, converted by Nahki Wells, that averted for Bristol City a second home defeat in the space of five days after Jamal Lowe’s opener.

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

Booked: Wells

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)

Wells was certainly calm and collected as he scooped his penalty high into the net but Cooper wasn’t happy that referee Oliver Langford adjudged Connor Roberts had brought down Antoine Semenyo seven minutes from time.

‘The lads are really disappointed with a point because of the nature of the equaliser and the decision on the penalty,’ Cooper said.

‘We had talked about the referee in the pre-match build-up. And it was true to form.

‘To make that decision, there’s nothing you can coach or say that can make that any better in preparation, before or after.’

For Bristol City boss Dean Holden, the manner of his players’ response was most important, both to the midweek loss to Middlesbrough and to Lowe’s powerful strike into the top corner from Roberts’ pass through.

‘We’ll take a point and move on,’ said Holden. ‘We saw a response from the previous game and from the adversity within the game. It showed character.’

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 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.

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

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 Semenyo inside the box. Wells made no mistake, chipping his penalty down the middle.

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

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