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There are two more injuries to add to the growing list at Valley Parade.
Ricky Ravenhill was forced off midway through the first half with ankle ligament problems.
Kyel Reid, who played well, was taken off before the end after complaining of a tight calf.
Phil Parkinson was happy with City's performance in the wake of Nahki Wells' exit.
The 1-1 draw means the Bantams have still not won at home since the end of September but Parkinson reckons his side did enough to win.
He said: "With everything that’s gone on this week and with the injuries we’ve got, I thought we were tremendous.
"I was disappointed with the goal we conceded because it was clearly avoidable.
“But we asked the players to put into practice what we’d worked on in training against their three at the back system and I felt we did that.
“And we asked them to play with spirit and togetherness. I felt we did that.
“I’m really pleased with the way we approached the game. All in all, on chances I think we deserved to win it.”
City began life after Nahki Wells with a point from an end-to-end encounter with Bristol City at Valley Parade.
The Bantams got off to a dream start by scoring inside the first minute. Kyel Reid won an immediate corner and James Hanson converted his first goal since October from close range.
Carl McHugh could have increased their lead before Bristol City levelled with their first shot, Scott Wagstaff angling home a deadly drive after the home defence were caught napping.
Both sides should have scored either side of half-time – Garry Thompson jabbing across goal for City and then Marvin Elliott missing a free header from a corner.
Then the teams traded efforts against the woodwork. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas swerved one against the post for the visitors before Gary Jones responded with a 25-yarder which hit the inside of the upright in front of the Kop.
Oliver McBurnie, partnering Hanson up front, twice had chances in a hard-working display.
The draw means City have now gone eight home games without a win but it was a much improved performance all round.
And that's the final whistle, it's finished 1-1
#BCAFC every goal he scores earns us money, think practically, he's on add ons,let it go— @nobbs1703 11 January 2014
Hanson down clutching his face after aerial challenge with Osborne.
Bristol's potentially dangerous breaks ends with a pass into touch from sub Burns
We're two minutes into four of stoppages
Corner number 12 for City....
Nahki Wells has scored for Huddersfield....
Emmanuel-Thomas, who has been very dangerous, is replaced by Burns for stoppage time
Thompson breaks away from the halfway line but his shot at the end of a good run is pretty tame.
There's 400 more here than at Huddersfield v Millwall
It's one of those horrible short ones and comes to nothing
Corner number 11 for the Bantams, five mins of normal time to go..
Jones wellies a free-kick from distance but it's well off course
No sighting of the Villa youngster Graham then today. That went out the window when Ravenhill went off
McHugh has done much better in the second half after sticky first 45 minutes.
Aden Flint, proper name for a centre half, oofs ball into crowd under no pressure...
Opportunity for McArdle to stride out of defence like Alan Hansen. He tries 40 yard long ball for Yeates to chase...
Reid hobbling a bit down the touchline, hopefully nothing much wrong #bcafc— @Ianhirst666 11 January 2014
McBurnie goes off to a standing ovation and large chorus. Young lad really put a good shift in today.
Corner number ten for City and Parish makes a great save from McArdle header...
Connell stripped and ready to come on as McBurnie goes close.
Bristol City sub and Barnett replaces Bobby Reid
Emmanuel-Thomas weaves through amber shirts before his shot is blocked.
Barnett about to come on for his Bristol City debut
McBurnie down in a heap, looks like he has got problems with cramp
Sub number two for City as Reid makes way for Yeates.
Reid beats three men to cross but ball is swept away
City really want this one. Playing with vigour as they force yet another corner.
Fantastic effort from Jones from 25 yards..... hits inside of the post. City skipper was celebrating, convinced it was in!
Elliott looks to counter for Bristol as City throw bodies forward. Kennedy intervenes with well-timed tackle on halfway line
With the exception of Reid we are devoid of pace #bcafc— @RichardYoung82 11 January 2014
McBurnie golden chance for his first goal as Hanson heads across box into his path but ball sticks in ground a bit and scuffs his shot, allowing Flint to block.
Crowd today is 13,050. Haven't been given the figure for away fans but doesn't look that many
Danger signs here as Emmanuel-Thomas breaks. Well done Bates who tracks him all the way and blocks for Bristol City corner
McHugh floats one in now and it's nodded behind for a corner. Volume increasing
Another good cross driven in by Thompson but just too high for the leaping Hanson.
Great effort from Emmanuel-Thomas swerves against the post. Saw it all the way from here... was going in until the last second. Real break for City
Bizarre loose pass from Thompson sets Bristol City away but McArdle cleans up
Hanson header at back post and McBurnie tries cheeky backheel which Parish saves in front of line.
Reid again looking the likely threat for City. Been lively every time he's got the ball - and another good cross wins a corner.
The fans are going again with chants of C'mon City ringing around
McHugh header blocked and City shout for handball - mainly the Kop actually - is ignored.
Thompson cross right under the bar but Flint beats Hanson to it. City corner
Strong defending by Bates to get in front of Emmanuel-Thomas to concede corner.
But City caught cold by quickly-taken setpiece and Elliott heads wide. Big chance for the visitors
Here we go again.
Thumbs up to the #bcafc dj today. VP like Hacienda. Going to walk down midland road with my hands behind my back and cocky manc swagger.— @mowgli1977 11 January 2014
Question for the fashionistas... What colour is "university red"?
Apparently that is the colour of the side panels on Bristol City's shirts.
And that's the break, 1-1
Three minutes of added time
Thompson needs a goal and really should have had one. Did the hard work with one-two with Hanson to make space - got to hit the target from close range.
Tantalising cross into the mixer from Reid is cleared but City continue to press and Thompson jabs wide from angle. Great chance to restore City's lead just before the break
McHugh doesn't look comfortable at left back. Emmanuel-Thomas header guided well wide...
Time to get back to winning ways without the distraction of Nahki. We came out of nowhere last year, let's do it again! Come on boys! #bcafc— @nick_thompson19 11 January 2014
Better stuff from City and they earn corner number five. Kennedy hits it low and Thompson flicks wide to ironic cheers from away fans
Safely negotiated by the Bantams and ball is up other end where Thompson pressures Parish into a rushed clearance.
Corner for Bristol City, who are playing some good football. Can see that they have massively under-achieved this season.
Hanson knockdown for Reid who sets up Kennedy. But his 25-yard attempt takes deflection off Flint which takes the pace off it
Bobby Reid catches it well with a volley from distance but it's a simple catch for McLaughlin.
Kennedy links up with Thompson to find space to drill fierce shot which Parish blocks at his near post.
Kop look to lift City as they defend first corner
But Reid caught out from Bristol throw-in and Cunningham shot deflects over bar with McLaughlin rooted to spot
Good defensive play to head clear from far post by Kyel Reid....
Yes, you read that right
Play straight to the other end where Bobby Reid's fizzer from 25 yards is beaten away by McLaughlin.
Hanson gets away from Elliott and his cross skims off the head of McBurnie
No-nonsense boot from McArdle deals with Wagstaff cross. McHugh has his hands full with him on City's left side.
Jones free-kick into Bristol box too high for target Thompson at the back post. Good game this but lot more even since the visitors equalised
Thompson collects City's first booking for a foul on Cunningham 25 yards out. City deal with the free-kick.
Bristol City break from corner through Emmanuel-Thomas. Allowed to go far too far before backheel to Baldock is intercepted by McArdle just outside City box.
Feel for Ravenhill who had started the game very strongly. City will miss that in central midfield.
Reid still has a pop and the deflection off wall means another corner. City have to make a sub before it's taken as Ravenhill replaced by Kennedy.
Free-kick is good 30 yards out....
Reid sets off on another determined run which ends with a trip from behind by Wagstaff - and a booking
McHugh comes through pack to get a head on Jones corner and complains he gets a push as ball deflects sideways
Reid's trickery and cross headed over bar for a third City corner.
Hanson headlocked by Elliott. Think that's a free-kick referee
Every game we concede at home and every time it's a decent finish in front of the kop against the run of play. #bcafc— @buttslikehouses 11 January 2014
Ravenhill getting treatment as the players have a drinks break.
Quick break from Bristol City and Emmanuel-Thomas floats left foot shot past post.
Soft goal to give away. #bcafc— @R2BD2 11 January 2014
Kennedy sent to warm-up as Ravenhill toils on
Ravenhill down as Reid cross blocked in box. Midfielder hobbling and trying to continue but doesn't look comfortable...
Let the positivity cease #bcafc— @AndyGilder 11 January 2014
Deflected clearance drops kindly for Baldock but his side-foot shot straight at McLaughlin. Element of panic in City ranks as ball hustled clear.
Crowd staying with City, who have been playing well. Reid trying to make amends as he gets to byline but low cross hammered away.
So that's another game without a clean sheet. Still only the one since Andrew Davies - who's up here in the press box - had his knee injury
It's 1-1 out of nothing.... McHugh beaten to header and Reid goes missing behind him allowing WAGSTAFF to beat McLaughlin with a cross-shot.
Bristol City not been allowed to settle at all. Ravenhill going through them like a T34 tank (one for the Military Channel geeks)...
RT @jonmaher: Glad we didn't sell our best striker #bcafc— @Holden_Tight 11 January 2014
City really on the front foot. Just what was needed to lift the gloom from seeing Wells cross the M62...
Crunching challenge from Ravenhill leaves Emmanuel-Thomas walking gingerly. And crowd love it
Jones picks out McHugh for free header but he gets underneath it - and looks very annoyed to miss. Good chance that.
And now it's another corner from the other side...
Good strength from McBurnie to hold off three defenders edge of the box. Place is buzzing
HE USED TO WORK AT THE CO-OP 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 #Hanson #bcafc ⚽️⚽️⚽️— @AshleighStronge 11 January 2014
Hanson's first goal since October 22 at Preston and the perfect pick-me-up after the Wells news...
And City have scored! Jones corner headed back across goal by HANSON, ball comes back to him and he nudges home. 1-0
City corner after 25 seconds. Positive stuff from Reid
City to kick off towards the Bradford End. Just remembered this is final game of Matthew Bates's short-term contract - wonder if it's the last we'll see of him?
Massive afternoon for young Oliver McBurnie. Would take a lot of heat out the situation if he popped up with a goal today ...
Bring out the Bantams .... and here they come
RT @Mr_Stozza: Look at Bristol City's team absolutely shocking that they are near the bottom. Class all over the park. #bcafc— @PressSteveH 11 January 2014
Not even asking the mascots who their favourite players are hahahaha #bcafc— @Matty_Robinson4 11 January 2014
Bit of a subdued feel to the place at the moment. Fans still coming to terms with events of the last 24 hours.
By the way, Wells is on the Huddersfield bench against Millwall this afternoon. That hamstring problem seems to have cleared ...
Sheffield Wednesday 6-0 Leeds, FT here we go. The start of a good weekend. Here's to a town loss and a #BCAFC win— @BantamsDebate 11 January 2014
Interesting that Mark Lawn confirms #bcafc in talks with three strikers - and one is Aaron McLean..— @aaronbower 11 January 2014
Ok guys the Ricky Ravenhill yellow card sweepstake returns! Get them in, I'm going for 49th minute. #bcafc— @Mr_Stozza 11 January 2014
I think as soon as @oli_mcburnie gets his first goal the rest will come flooding in! #bcafc— @justinbrett1975 11 January 2014
New signing Tyrone Barnett is on the bench for Bristol City this afternoon.
They are looking to win three successive league games for the first time since November 2011.
BRISTOL CITY (3-5-2): Parish, Osborne, Flint, Williams, Cunningham, Reid, Pack, Elliott, Wagstaff, Emmanuel-Thomas, Baldock. Subs: Moloney, Fontaine, Bryan, Barnett, Burns, Gillett, Fielding.
Oliver McBurnie will partner James Hanson up front this afternoon - one of two changes from the miserable New Year's Day defeat at Notts County.
McBurnie replaces Jason Kennedy as Garry Thompson returns to the right wing.
With James Meredith injured, Carl McHugh takes over at left back.
Yesterday's loan signings, Aston Villa winger Jordan Graham and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Arron Jameson, are both on the bench.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Bates, McHugh, Thompson, Ravenhill, Jones, Reid, McBurnie, Hanson. Subs: Oliver, Kennedy, Taylor, Yeates, Connell, Graham, Jameson.
Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Parade for City's first game post Nahki Wells.