Date:Sunday September 20 2009
Ashton Gate, Bristol
19 September 2009, 15:00
Bristol City's impecable home record went out the window yesterday as Scunthorpe escaped Ashton Gate with a point.
Following home wins over Palace, QPR and Middlesbrough in previous games at Ashton Gate this season, City were expected to turn over the newly promoted visitors with relative ease, depsite the squad being hampered by illness and injury and the impressive away form of the Iron.
It has to be said though, Johnson went for a bizarre team selection and shape with top scorer Nicky Maynard the only change from the side that fired a blank at Swansea in midweek.
Marvin Elliott was asked to play wide left and Evander Sno on the right side of midfield, leaving the home side too narrow and short of natural width.
Despite that it was City who started the brighter in the gorgeous Indian-summer style sunshine, working Joe Murphy with a low shot from the edge of the box.
City thought we had lead not long after. The ball found Evander Sno lurking just inside the area, who unleashed a goalbound effort only for Alvaro Saborio get the final touch from an offside position.
Scunny replied with a similar effort of there own minutes later, Jon Forte poking in a Sam Togwell cross only for it to be dubiously chalked off by the linesman, probably under the influence of those in the Dolman Stand behind him!
Basso was called into action for the first time on 15, saving Martyn Woolford's header with a trademark save for camera's following good word by full-back Marcus Williams.
The early chances faded a bit after that, with the game being played in pretty hot and tiring conditions.
Sno blazed an effort over from distance on 37 minutes whilst Paul Hayes fizzed a low shot into Atyeo Stand as the half-time whistle approached.
The Iron were presented with the best chance of the game immediately after the break, Josh Wright wriggling clear of the home defence before shooting straight at Basso.
Maynard then looked poised to add to his six goals so far this season when he raced onto a Saborio flick-on only to be denied by the gangly legs of beast-like centre back, and former City transfer target, Rob Jones.
But we didn't have to wait long until the game's first goal arrived on 50.
There was pinball defending in the box amongst the Scunny defence before the ball fell kindly to Saborio six yards out.
The Costa Rican brought a smart save out of Murphy before lashing the rebound into the roof of the net for his first goal in English football.
Maynard was again a cats whisker away from finding the net on 58 minutes as he just missed Saborio's clever flick from a low Jamie McAllister free-kick.
City were handed another chance to ram home our advantage when the visitors had to see out the last 10 minutes with ten men, with Gary Hooper hobbling off after Scunny had used their three subs.
Sno displayed good skill to squirm away and cut in from the left and onto his preferred right peg before stinging Murphy's gloves with a rasping long range strike and Marvin Elliott could have been a hero but fluffed his lines from a perfect Maynard pass with five minutes left.
But Grant McCann was to have the last laugh in stoppage time and Lee Johnson fart-arsed around in the box allowing the ex-Cheltenham man to sweep in a deflected equaliser and end our 100% record at the Gate.
CITY (4-4-2): Basso, Orr, McCombe, Fontaine, McAllister, Sno, Hartley (Skuse 84), Johnson, Elliott, Saborio (Sproule 89), Maynard.
SCUNTHORPE (4-4-2): Murphy, Spence, Mirfin, Jones, Williams, O'Connor (Sparrow 64), Wright, Togwell, Woolford (McCann 67), Forte (Hooper 61), Hayes.
Referee: Danny McDermid (London)
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Date:Sunday September 20 2009
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