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Ashton Gate (ATT 16,749) 17th January 2009 - Kick off 17:20 Ref: M Haywood

Bristol C Bristol City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

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Robins claim late leveller

Wolves denied by City comeback

Last Updated: 17/01/09 8:07pm

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Maynard: On target

Maynard: On target

Bristol City produced a tremendous second-half comeback as they grabbed a 2-2 draw with leaders Wolves at Ashton Gate.

Wolves had looked on their way to victory as two errors from goalkeeper Adrian Basso were punished as Neill Collins and Matt Jarvis pounced.

But Dele Adebola fired City back into the game just before the hour and he then turned provider for strike partner Nicky Maynard to level with just minutes left.

Victory would have taken Wolves seven points clear at the top of the table but they could not hang on.

Wolves had been handed a major boost prior to kick-off after second-placed Reading lost 2-0 at Swansea.

Yet the men from Molineux faced stern resistance from their hosts.

Robins midfielder Lee Johnson glanced a header wide in the 19th minute as City sought to make the breakthrough against a Wolves side thumped 3-1 at home by Preston last weekend.

It was their third successive league outing without a victory but Tuesday's 2-0 FA Cup third-round victory at Birmingham ensured they returned to winning ways.

However, it was City who made most of the running in this clash and Peter Styvar's 20-yard strike warmed Wayne Hennessey's hands in the 26th minute.

City posed more problems in the 29th minute when Cole Skuse hit a left footed shot from 12 yards which drew a fine block from Richard Stearman.

Wolves showed little in the opening period but upped the tempo as the half wore on and full-back Matt Hill hit a 25-yard shot in the 34th minute which required Basso to be alert.

Ahead

Stearman then earned the game's first yellow card in the 36th minute for a foul on Maynard but the visitors were ahead in the 45th minute thanks to an aberration from Basso.

The Brazilian missed Michael Kightly's lofted ball into the heart of the area and defender Collins headed into an empty net.

The conditions at a rainy and windswept Ashton Gate played their part but Basso erred once again to seemingly hand Wolves the points in the 54th minute.

His weak right-footed clearance fell to Kightly around 35 yards from goal and he quickly picked out Jarvis, who beat the offside trap and swept a superb finish home from 12 yards out.

However, City responded superbly and were rewarded when Adebola reduced the arrears in the 58th minute.

Maynard slipped him in down the left-hand channel and Adebola strode forward and drove a low left-foot shot beyond Hennessey.

Jarvis almost grabbed a third for Wolves on the hour mark with a shot which drew a fine save from Basso.

City defender Bradley Orr then narrowly failed to hit the target and Adebola and Liam Fontaine also went close before the equaliser arrived with three minutes remaining.

Adebola broke clear down the left flank and laid a low cross into the path of Maynard, who took a touch before rifling the ball home from 10 yards.

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1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
10 Nottingham Forest 21 30
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Rotherham United 22 24
19 Huddersfield Town 22 24
20 Leeds United 21 23
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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