Nahki Wells and his Bristol City teammates fell to a Daniel Johnson’s spot-kick that sealed a 1-0 win for Preston North End.
The 1-0 loss stretches City’s winless run against the Lilywhites to 15 matches but certainly based on their second-half display and a questionable penalty call will feel hard done by on this occasion.
City started quite brightly but bar a couple of crosses into the box, their attacking threat still showed room for improvement.
Sinclair, Preston’s top scorer heading into the encounter, forced Bentley into the first save of the evening when he spun past Ádám Nagy and the forward was in the mix for the penalty just after 20 minutes.
The former Celtic man made a good run into the City box and won his side the penalty when Moore stuck a foot out. Referee Geoff Eltringham initially gave advantage but the hosts, after hitting the post in the same attack, saw play brought back for the spot and Johnson dispatched the set-piece confidentially.
Replays suggested that through Moore’s lunge the center-back got a crucial toe to take the ball away from Sinclair but the referee may not have been able to judge the contact at speed.