Both sides had great chances of scooping all three points and could both lay claim to victory.
Antoine Semenyo has been lively for the home team, creating and wasting multiple opportunities as he looked for his first goal in Bristol City.
Dominges Quina had some chances for Vladimir Ivic’s men but couldn’t find a way past Daniel Bentley, who was in top form.
The draw means Bristol City will retain third place in the championship despite being two points further from Bournemouth after beating Nottingham Forest.
Watford stays in fifth place even where they started the evening. They’re also just a point away from their opponents tonight before the championship enters a busy period.
Antoine Semenyo will feel like he should have done better when he was the recipient of a setback from Jamie Paterson. Jay Dasilva worked well on the left to open the door for Paterson.
20-year-old Semenyo found space about 15 meters outside, but his left foot went far and wide.
Dasilva worked hard in a fight with Jeremy Ngakia on the left. The pair often dueled in dribbles on either side and provided most of the entertainment in the first half.
Former Chelsea left-back Dasilva was the home team’s most prolific player to struggle to get hold of the ball.
This is thanks to Vladimir Ivic’s decision to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation. It allowed James Garner and Nathaniel Chalobah to dominate possession and recover the ball with ease, although they rarely had good chances.
Their formation change kept the home team in check and Bristol City didn’t create a chance after Semenyo’s chance.
Watford’s greatest chance came when Garner managed to play a forward-looking pass. He hissed the ball into Andre Gray in the 18-yard box, and his heavy touch reached Ismailia Sarr on his left.
The winger struck the near post with force, forcing Daniel Bentley to make a decent stop.
Domingues Quina threatened Bentley’s goal in the middle of the first half when he hit a curling attempt from 25 yards.
The chances were minimal, but the away team feel they are taking the lead just before the break.
Garner lashed a threatening free kick from the right towards the near post. A distraction then brought the ball to Craig Cathcart at the back post, but the Northern Ireland international was only able to find the side netting after a disappointing header.
Immediately after the break, Watford took their key man Sarr into space as they wanted. A long ball from Ngakia sent the Senegalese winger on the run and he tried to place the ball for Gray, but a vyner block could only win Watford a corner.
Semenyo escaped Kabasele for the first time on the left. He then played a grounded ball across the face of the goal, but Ben Foster made a light but important touch to keep the incoming Diedhiou from tapping home.
City pushed more at the beginning of the second period. They started moving the ball quickly, with Paterson, O’Dowda and Semenyo doing much of the footwork.
The latter had another chance around the clock when he skinned Ngakia on the left. He cut into it and tried to narrowly walk with his right foot.
Watford made his first real endeavor in the second half with 20 minutes remaining. A square pass into Sarr on the right accelerated play and Sarr hissed a ball into the box. it then turned in the path of Quina, who fired a mighty effort at the target. Bentley went to great lengths to keep the score.
Vladimir Ivic may be concerned about his side’s inability to create opportunities from the open game. Watford have scored free in the past few weeks but struggled to take unseen opportunities at Ashton Gate.
Andre Gray didn’t help as his hold-up game wasn’t effective enough to draw the Flair players into battle. He was dragged away for Troy Deeney after 70 minutes.
For large parts, Sarr and Joao Pedro were out of date and struggling to get involved when it is clear that they are the key to Watford creating opportunity.
It might be a bad day in the office, but other than Garner’s offset deliveries, it’s hard to remember many clear opportunities.
The performance of Antoine Semenyo will put a big smile on Dean Holden’s face. The young winger put in a strong performance to complement his impressive form recently.
He has had three assists in his last three appearances and has nearly scored his first goal for Bristol City on numerous occasions.
His pace and confidence are of great benefit to Bristol City and he connects the game well between wide areas and the target of Diedhiou or Martin.
After a loan stint at Sunderland, Semenyo hid himself at Ashton Gate and is difficult to leave out in his current form. His accomplishments will be vital to Bristol City’s transportation fee if he manages to maintain current levels of performance.
Watford F.. . C.. . , Bristol City Football Club, EFL championship, Ashton Gate Stadium
World news – AU – Bristol City 0-0 Watford: promotion rivals are drawn
Donnez votre avis et abonnez-vous pour plus d’infos
Vidéo du jour: