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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.


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