Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored one goal and made another as Bristol City won their first home game since March.

Emmanuel-Thomas finally broke the deadlock in the 80th minute when he scored a left-footed shot.

Karleigh Osborne then won a tackle on the edge of his own penalty area and found Emmanuel-Thomas who set up Joe Bryan for his first City league goal.

City's victory takes them out of the relegation zone as Crawley suffered their fourth defeat in a row.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It was a difficult 90 minutes and Crawley showed what a good team they can be.

"But we dug in and that was the key to it. When we got fluid we banked up and made it difficult for them.

"It was one of those wins where if we'd been in the top half of the table, people would say it was a professional performance.

"Because of where we are it's a scrappy 2-0. But they did all the right things."

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Surrey:

"I thought it had 0-0 written all over it, but yet again individual errors. I said last week all my players have a flaw, which is why they play for Crawley Town, and I think that was reiterated tonight.

"It is frustrating, but if I was sat there thinking I got the tactics wrong, I would look closer to myself. Unfortunately, you put your faith in other people when you throw them out there.

"All I can do is work as hard as I can do, and try and do the right things. I think we did the right things for 80 minutes, unfortunately the game lasts for 90 minutes.

"The players are letting themselves down. Whether they are letting me down is irrelevant. We are what we are, and we've got what we've got."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol City

  • 13 Parish
  • 02 Moloney (Flint - 76' )
  • 22 Shorey
  • 21 Pack Booked
  • 03 Williams
  • 35 Osborne
  • 34 Gillett (Elliott - 85' )
  • 11 Wagstaff
  • 09 Baldock
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas Booked (Harewood - 92' )
  • 15 Bryan

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 05 Flint
  • 14 Reid
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 18 Taylor
  • 23 Harewood
  • 25 Elliott

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 02 Hurst
  • 03 Sadler (Rooney - 85' )
  • 21 Jones
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 12 Walsh
  • 16 Adams
  • 14 Proctor
  • 20 Sinclair (Alexander - 81' )
  • 11 Simpson
  • 32 Bennett (Drury - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Connolly
  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Alexander
  • 10 Drury
  • 15 Bulman
  • 18 Rooney
  • 25 Maddison
Ref: Brendan Malone
Att: 10,085

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

6 2

Corners

3 3

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol City 2, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +6:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +1:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Harewood replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

90:00 +1:41

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:41

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

90:00 +0:24 Booking

Booking Marlon Pack (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:24

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

90:00 +0:24

Michael Jones (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:47 Booking

Booking Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

88:40

Hand ball by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

87:41

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

86:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 2, Crawley Town 0. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

84:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Luke Rooney replaces Matthew Sadler.

84:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Marvin Elliott replaces Simon Gillett.

82:31

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

80:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Emile Sinclair.

80:26

Attempt missed. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

80:04

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

79:52

Attempt saved. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 1, Crawley Town 0. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

75:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Aden Flint replaces Brendan Moloney because of an injury.

75:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Andy Drury replaces Kyle Bennett.

72:38

Attempt missed. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

68:57

Attempt missed. Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

68:13

Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:13

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

63:04

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:04

Foul by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town).

61:06

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:06

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

58:49

Attempt blocked. James Hurst (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

53:52

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

53:20

Simon Gillett (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:20

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

49:11

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City).

49:11

Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:14

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

45:45

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Paul Jones.

45:19

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol City 0, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol City 0, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +0:41

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:48

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:33

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

38:48

Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) has gone down, but that's a dive.

37:52

Attempt blocked. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:23

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:23

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

37:04

Attempt missed. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

36:00

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:49

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

33:52

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Bristol City).

33:52

Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:37

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:37

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

22:04

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:21

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

21:21

Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:25

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:25

Foul by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town).

17:11

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

16:54

Attempt saved. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

16:17

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

16:17

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:59

Attempt saved. Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

11:09

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City).

11:09

Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:12

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:12

Foul by James Hurst (Crawley Town).

8:06

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

5:22

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

4:20

Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:20

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

3:40

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

2:45

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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