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Stalemate at Ashton Gate

A struggling Blackpool side frustrated promotion-chasing Bristol City yesterday, holding out for a 0-0 draw at Ashton Gate.

Bristol City were dominant throughout, creating a number of half-chance early in the game. A number of balls were fizzed across the six-yard box in the early stages of the first half, with City attackers unable to make sufficient contact.

Michael McIndoe had another notable first half chance, slicing a delicate shot towards goal, with Paul Rachubka saving excellently, catching and holding the ball not unlike his opposite number Adriano Basso.

Blackpool had their best moments in the second half. One particuarly nervous moment for the home fans saw City defender Liam Fontaine scrappily clearing the ball away for a corner. Robins shotstopper Basso parried a shot, which bobbled towards Fontaine, who had a Blackpool attacker hot on his tail. Fontaine struggled to control the ball, nearly knocking it into his own net before barely clearing for a corner.

City quickly regained the initiative though, with substitute Stern John seeing a header cleared off the line and onto the bar, while McIndoe again calling Rachubka into action after one of a flurry of City corners, with the ex-Manchester United ‘keeper tipping the Scottish winger’s shot past the post.

However, the home side could not break the Seasiders down, with the final whistle met by a roar from the small contingent of travelling fans.

After the game, Gary Johnson was disappointed that they had failed to score.

Jonhson told the BBC: “We were disappointed not to score at home.”

“In those sort of games we need to open up teams earlier.”

However, he remained upbeat, later telling ITV that he didn’t feel that they had lost much ground, and that any point is “hard earned against anybody in this league”.

City are down to sixth, with Cardiff’s two games in hand still threatening despite the Welsh side’s loss on the weekend.

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