Nahki Wells’ teammate Filip Benković’s sweetly-struck second goal in Bristol City colors wasn’t enough as Stoke City fought back to earn a point at Ashton Gate.
Benković broke the deadlock with a curling effort just before half-time with City looking comfortable.
But Michael O’Neill’s relegation-threatened Stoke City improved in the second half and after hitting the post had Danny Bathh to thank when he latched on to the end of a James McClean cross.
The hosts battled on and despite their pressure were unable to find the breakthrough.
The home side had scored five goals in their last two wins and they were looking to take advantage of their firepower against Stoke’s three-man defense. They nearly did exactly that when Jack Hunt’s flicked ball over the top had Wells, now on 20 goals for the season, on the chase but goalkeeper Adam Davies just had the beating of the Bermuda striker in the race.
Wells later in the match would head the ball in the back of the net shortly after only for a soft foul to go against him.