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Match Report: Burnley 1-1 Bristol City (Bristol City fan's Perspective)

Sunday 29th April 2012
Bristol City extended their unbeaten run at the end of the season to eight games thanks to a 1-1 draw away at Burnley, despite playing the last half an hour with defender Liam Fontaine in goal.

A 25 yard thunder bolt from Burnley striker Danny Ings with 15 minutes to go looked like enough for the home side, but just 6 minutes later City striker Ryan Taylor scored his first goal for the club with a wonderful curling effort from the edge of the box.

City made six changes from the team that beat Barnsley last weekend, youngster Joe Edwards making his first start of the season and David James returned in goal for his first start for 7 games. Elsewhere Louis Carey, Jamie McAllister, Yannick Bolasie and Brett Pitman all returned to the starting eleven.

The match started slowly as both teams made a handful of changes as neither had anything to play for after the Robins guaranteed their Championship survival last weekend. But it was City that created the best of the openings with Pitman's header from Martyn Woolford's teasing ball went straight at Burnley keeper Brian Jensen.

Yannick Bolasie was proving a dangerous outlet for City as twice in quick succession his mazy runs down the right worried the Burnley defence before laying the ball to Chris Wood who was brilliantly challenged by Daniel Lafferty as he readied to shoot.

Burnley's first notable effort should have provided the first goal. Charlie Austin's effort beat David James but lacked the accuracy and his curling effort went wide. The striker turned Fontaine on the edge of the box but fired wide when he should have at least tested David James.

The second half started as slow as the first but Burnley created the first real chance as Charlie Austin's volley was blocked by Louis Carey.  The former Swindon man was proving a real handful for the City defence.

The Claret's were making all the running and Austin again came close as his header back across goal lacked any power to trouble James. Ross Wallace was the next Burnley player to go close as his left footed shot went narrowly wide of James' right hand post.

City almost took the lead against the run of play as Woolford's header was brilliantly headed over his own bar by David Edgar after keeper Brian Jensen was left stranded.

On the hour the game was turned on its head as City keeper David James was forced off injured and with no sub keeper Fontaine donned the keeper's gloves to play the final part of the game between the sticks.

Fontaine and City's resilience was finally broken with 15 minutes to go as Danny Ings finally provided a piece of magic to brighten up a dull afternoon with a wonderful 25 yard effort that would have left David James floundering. Ings made space for himself in the centre of the pitch and unleashed a pile driver which flew into the bottom corner.

City didn't let this get to them and they forced an equaliser just six minutes later. Ryan Taylor, who came on for Chris Wood, scored his first goal for Bristol City with a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box. The City Striker worked the ball on to his favoured left foot and stroked the ball into the far corner.

Substitute Albert Adomah came closest to a winner for either team late on with a drive from the edge of the box, but it didn't trouble Jensen and went harmlessly over the bar.

This result guaranteed that Bristol City finished the season with an eight game unbeaten run, their best of the season, and ensured that the summer will prove an exciting prospect for the City manager and fans.
Thomas Langridge

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