2017-18 English League Championship, Regular Season

Bristol City's play-off hopes ended after draw at Nottingham Forest

Bristol City saw their play-off hopes ended by a 0-0 draw at Nottingham Forest - but it could have been even worse for Lee Johnson's men.
Aitor Karanka's side threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Robins but could not turn 25 efforts on goal into a single goal as Frank Fielding stood tall, with the keeper even saving a Lee Tomlin penalty.
Forest should have signed off the season at the City Ground with a comfortable win but saw Tomlin, Joe Lolley, Adlene Guedioura and Andreas Bouchalakis all spurn golden chances in a game they dominated.
City never looked like securing the three points they needed to sustain their slim chances of a top-six finish.
Tomlin almost made an immediate impact against his former club as he collected the ball just inside the Bristol half and carried it to the edge of the box, where he cut inside onto his right foot to drive in a shot that Fielding saved well at his near post.
When Lolley cut in from the right side to carve out a shooting chance of his own, he struck it with plenty of force - which was bad news for Nathan Baker, who made a brave block, which he paid a big price for.
After five minutes of treatment, Baker was carried off the pitch to be replaced by Callum O'Dowda in the 13th minute.
Tomlin came close again with another shot from the edge of the box.
When Tendayi Darikwa whipped in a cross from the right side, it perfectly picked out Lolley in the centre, but a good move and a good ball in were not matched by a wayward finish - the story of the game for Forest.
A flick on from Daryl Murphy picked out Bouchalakis, but the Greek midfielder's drive cleared the bar by inches.
Marlon Pack then drove a low shot across goal and only narrowly wide for Bristol, before Bouchalakis spurned another golden chance for the home side, as he headed over from a Lolley cross.
Lolley twice threatened and the Bristol keeper was drawn into action again when Tomlin had yet another effort on goal. Ben Osborn's cross found Guediouora unmarked eight yards out - only for the midfielder to send the ball spinning wide.
Lolley then curled a shot inches wide, following yet more good build-up play.
Tomlin had another shot saved at the start of the second half, while Bouchalakis hit another one over.
Fielding then hacked down Osborn in the box, earning him a booking, and gave Tomlin the chance to net from the penalty spot.
But Fielding perfectly read his kick, diving low to his right to make a simple save from what was a poor effort to convert, in the 65th minute.
Michael Mancienne fired into the side-netting and Osborn crossed when he could have shot while Murphy saw a header saved by Fielding as City held out.

English League Championship Standings

1 Sheffield United 10 +14 23
2 Norwich City 10 +7 20
3 Reading 10 -4 18
4 Burnley 10 +7 17
5 Sunderland 10 +5 15
6 Queens Park Rangers 10 +3 15
7 Blackburn Rovers 10 -2 15
8 Rotherham United 9 +6 14
9 Bristol City 10 +3 14
10 Watford 10 0 14
11 Luton Town 10 +1 13
12 Wigan Athletic 9 -2 13
13 Millwall 10 -3 13
14 Stoke City 10 0 12
15 Preston North End 10 -1 12
16 Swansea City 10 -2 12
17 Birmingham City 10 -2 12
18 Cardiff City 10 -4 11
19 Blackpool 10 -5 11
20 Hull City 10 -10 11
21 West Bromwich Albion 10 +1 10
22 Middlesbrough 10 -2 10
23 Huddersfield Town 9 -4 7
24 Coventry City 7 -6 3