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Bristol City vs Peterborough United. Sky Bet Championship.

Ashton GateAttendance19,052.

Bristol City 1

  • R Atkinson (43rd minute)

Peterborough United 1

  • J Ward (sent off 59th minute)
  • J Clarke-Harris (65th minute)

Bristol City 1-1 Peterborough: Jonson Clarke-Harris earns point for Posh

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Bristol City and Peterborough at Ashton Gate as Jonson Clarke-Harris scored to earn a point for the Posh on Saturday afternoon.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Peterborough United.

Championship strugglers Peterborough battled back from a goal and a man down to earn a deserved 1-1 draw with Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The home side took a 43rd-minute lead when centre-back Rob Atkinson, who had gone forward for a corner, headed Jay Dasilva's chip from the left powerfully past David Cornell.

Posh had to play the last half hour with 10 men after defender Joe Ward was sent off for bringing down Andreas Weimann and denying a clear scoring opportunity.

But they equalised after 65 minutes when City failed to clear a free-kick conceded by substitute Han-Noah Massengo and former Bristol Rovers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris slotted home from close range.

Home fans chanted "This is embarrassing" in the closing seconds as their team lacked the quality to make their man advantage tell.

After Atkinson had an early header blocked and Dasilva's volleyed cross just eluded Nahki Wells, Peterborough created most of the first-half chances.

Kwame Poku had a 14th-minute shot blocked and a cross cleared after a mazy dribble into the box before Posh came within inches of going in front.

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Ward took aim with a low 27th-minute drive from distance and saw the ball crash against a post before it bounced back into play.

Former City player Sammie Szmodics was eager to impress against his old club saw a shot saved by goalkeeper Dan Bentley just after the half-hour mark.

Szmodics also fired wide from a Clarke-Harris flick-on and it was the visitors taking the game to their opponents when Atkinson struck against the run of play.

Peterborough responded with efforts from Clarke-Harris and Szmodics and could consider themselves unfortunate to be behind at the break.

City were forced into a change at half-time with Zak Vyner replacing the injured Robbie Cundy in defence. Clarke-Harris fired high over from a 30-yard free-kick after Alex Scott had been booked for a foul. Then Poku shot over as Posh continued to look the more threatening side.

The red card came after 59 minutes when Weimann broke through the middle onto a Chris Martin header and was tripped on the edge of the box by Ward as he advanced on goalkeeper Cornell.

Peterborough responded positively after boss Grant McCann made two substitutions, sending on Jack Marriott and Frankie Kent for Ricky-Jade Jones and Szmodics.

Clarke-Harris' equaliser was no more than they deserved. City were stung and Timm Klose headed over for them from a good chance and Massengo saw a long-range effort tipped over by Cornell.

Martin had a late effort blocked but Posh held out with few alarms to add to the growing pressure on City boss Nigel Pearson from disenchanted supporters.

What the managers said...

Bristol City's Nigel Pearson: "I am more interested in the game than the reaction of the fans. It was two poor teams. I'm angry with the outcome because it had nothing to do with tactics and everything to do with personality. Do we have bad players? No. But we play well against good teams and not against the lower ones in the table.

"We match sides in virtually every game but don't come away with the right result enough times. After the sending-off, we didn't show enough quality to make the most of our advantage. We have five games left and players will either be here next season or they won't. That goes for me as well. The squad needs to be improved in the summer and selection for the remaining games will reflect who I think should be part of things going forward."

Peterborough's Grant McCann: "I'm disappointed because we were so much in control in the first half and had enough opportunities to be three of four up. Instead, we go in at the break one down, which was hugely frustrating. In the Championship, you have to take your chances when on top because there is always quality in the opposition.

"They produced some with the cross and header for their goal - but we should never have been behind. In the second half, the players had to show determination and commitment with 10 men and did just that. The sending-off was a dampener for us, but it was the correct decision. Joe has gone to make a last-ditch challenge and I'm not going to criticise him for that. We showed great character from then on and I told the players - after the game - that they could be proud in that respect."

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