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Ashton Gate (ATT 12,009) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Ward

Bristol C Bristol City vs Blackpool Blackpool

Bristol C 1

S Davies (pen 81)

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Blackpool 1

T Ince (pen 90+2)

Bristol City drew 1-1 with Blackpool at Ashton Gate in the Championship.

Last Updated: 17/11/12 6:42pm

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Tom Ince: Late penalty for Blackpool

Tom Ince: Late penalty for Blackpool

Thomas Ince scored a late penalty to cancel out Steven Davies' earlier spot-kick as Bristol City drew 1-1 with Blackpool at Ashton Gate.

Davies slammed a penalty past Matt Gilks in the 81st minute after Albert Adomah was fouled, ending a goal drought stretching back nearly seven hours, but Ince had the final say on the stroke of 90 minutes.

The home side who had lost seven games in a row, came agonisingly close to scoring for the first time in four games after just nine minutes when Neil Kilkenny drilled the ball against the bar from 35 yards out, while at the other end Ince cut inside but saw his effort well saved by Tom Heaton.

Adomah, back from mid-week international duty with Ghana, was the next winger to cut inside and try his luck but his left-footed shot failed to test Gilks after a clever one-two with Kilkenny.

Nathan Delfouneso and Kevin Phillips both tried their luck before the interval, the latter with a speculative 35-yard effort, but Bristol City's defence held firm.

Gilks needed to be alert to keep the game goalless shortly after the break, the Scot racing off his line to deny Jon Stead after the ball broke to the former Huddersfield striker after an under-hit backpass from Ian Evatt.

Ince then warmed the gloves of Heaton from distance in the 51st minute before Craig Cathcart put his body on the line to bravely block a strike from Marvin Elliott on the hour mark.

The visitors came incredibly close to breaking the deadlock in the 65th minute when Delfouneso ran clear and his effort from 20 yards hit the post. When the ball fell to Ince, the winger had time to pick his spot but Heaton pulled off a top-class save to keep out his effort from 12 yards.

In the 78th minute, Gilks hauled down Adomah after the winger chased a long ball and referee Gavin Ward pointed to the spot.

McInnes sent on Davies for Stead while the penalty was waiting to be taken and their top scorer stepped up to send Gilks the wrong way with his first touch.

But just when it looked like City would celebrate their first victory since September 18 the ball hit debutant Matthew Bates' hand inside the box and Ince stepped up to net the equaliser.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

Match Reaction

Appleton blasts referee Ward

Appleton blasts referee Ward

Blackpool manager Michael Appleton joined his opposite number Derek McInnes in criticising referee Gavin Ward for awarding two late penalties in the 1-1 draw at Bristol City.