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City’s play-off hopes all but over

Nahki Wells missed a good scoring opportunity as Bristol City's slim hopes of reaching the Sky Bet Championship play-offs evaporated after a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City yesterday.

Wells, who hit the 20-goal mark after netting twice in City's 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough last weekend, saw a glorious one-on-one chance saved in the first half.

The result moves City up to tenth in the table on 62 points, five behind sixth-place Cardiff City with two games of the season remaining.

Danny Batth struck a second-half equaliser against City, who are under the caretaker charge of Dean Holden, to edge Stoke a step closer to safety.

Batth headed home at the far post in 64th minute to cancel out Leicester City loanee Filip Benkovic's curling effort just before half-time.

Back-to-back wins over Hull City and Middlesbrough looked to have thrown a lifeline to City, who sacked their manager Lee Johnson this month; however their play-off hopes are now all but over.

They face Swansea City on Saturday and Preston North End on July 22.

Meanwhile, Zeiko Lewis, the Bermuda winger, returns to action on Sunday when his Charleston Battery side take on Birmingham Legion at home in the United Soccer League Championship.

The rest of the campaign, which was suspended in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will involve clubs divided into eight groups to complete a 16-game regular season followed by a single-elimination play-off.

Battery won their only game before the suspension, a 1-0 victory over Atlanta United 2, with Lewis converting from the penalty spot.

Games played before the suspension of the season will count towards the allotment of 16 overall games.

Nahki Wells tussles with Stoke City defender Bruno Martins Indi in the Sky Bet Championship yesterday. The game ended 1-1 (Photograph courtesy of Bristol City)

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Published July 15, 2020 at 5:58 pm (Updated July 16, 2020 at 12:11 pm)

City’s play-off hopes all but over

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