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Bristol City keep pace with promotion chasers

Nahki Wells played the final 11 minutes in a 2-0 win at home to Preston North End today

Nahki Wells came on as a late substitute in Bristol City’s 2-0 win at home to Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship today.

The Bermuda striker came on as a 79th-minute substitute for Famara Diédhiou, whose eighth-minute header gave the home side an early lead at Ashton Gate.

Midfielder Zak Vyner then doubled City’s advantage in the 77th minute with his first goal for the club to put the match farther beyond the visiting side’s reach.

The win was City’s first in the league since a 2-1 defeat of Wycombe Wanderers and first at home to Preston in 11 years.

Dean Holden’s team have started the year on the front foot, having secured back-to-back wins over Portsmouth in the Emirates FA Cup and Preston.

Senegalese striker Diédhiou gave the home side a dream start when he headed in his second goal in as many outings from midfielder Tommy Rowse’s corner.

City threatened on several other occasions to extend their lead but had to be content with their one-goal advantage at the break.

Preston applied more pressure and kept City on the back as they pressed for an equaliser, which nearly arrived when defender Paul Huntington’s header from a corner clipped the top of bar.

However, the home side weathered the storm and, after regaining control, managed to cushion their lead via Vyner’s tally 13 minutes from the final whistle.

The academy graduate planted a knock-down in the box from defender Jack Hunt’s cross with a left-foot drive into the far corner.

City moved up a spot to ninth in the Championship, four points adrift of the play-off places. They are back in action on Wednesday, away to league leaders Norwich City.

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Published January 16, 2021 at 5:15 pm (Updated January 17, 2021 at 5:53 pm)

Bristol City keep pace with promotion chasers

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