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Bristol City 1-0 Crawley Town

Bristol City's Luke Ayling
Bristol City's Luke Ayling scored his second goal of the year

Luke Ayling struck a late winner to keep Bristol City at the top of the League One table.

The defender drilled a volley past Crawley goalkeeper Lewis Price from a tight angle with just three minutes of normal time remaining.

It was a harsh on the visitors, who had battled hard to belie their lowly status just above the relegation zone.

Price had kept Crawley in the game earlier with brilliant saves to deny Kieran Agard and Joe Bryan.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill on Bristol City v Crawley

"I've been proud of our boys many times this season but I'm really struggling to find one moment better than how I feel about them right now.

"They've had an incredibly tough week. Three games in seven days is bad enough, but when you concertina that into six days it makes it even more difficult.

"I thought the way we started the game, for having those two other games and this one on our sixth day, was magnificent.

"The only travesty was that we didn't go in front before half time."

Crawley Town manager John Gregory told BBC Sussex:

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Gregory on Bristol City v Crawley

"We basically had [the game] in the palm of our hands, sitting comfortably, and we ended up conceding in the last few minutes of the game - I rather it be somebody else than us and we tend to have these hard luck stories. We're talking about one mistake.

"If you look at it all, our players went for the first ball, everybody wanted to be the hero and they possibly played with their hearts not their heads. I think there were about four yellow shirts that all went for the ball and it came to the back post and straight past Lewis Price.

"I cannot fault the effort and the enthusiasm that our boys showed today. That's why they are so devastated."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 4Flint
  • 22Ayling
  • 23Bryan
  • 15Freeman
  • 7Smith
  • 8ElliottSubstituted forPackat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 2LittleSubstituted forWagstaffat 74'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWilbrahamat 69'minutes
  • 19Agard

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 21Pack

Crawley

  • 27Price
  • 20Bawling
  • 2Oyebanjo
  • 5Leacock
  • 6Bradley
  • 12Walsh
  • 8Smith
  • 14Young
  • 16KeaneBooked at 69mins
  • 17MillerSubstituted forElliottat 79'minutes
  • 21TomlinSubstituted forHarroldat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jensen
  • 4Henderson
  • 15Banya
  • 18Harrold
  • 23Richefond
  • 24Isaacs
  • 33Elliott
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
11,660

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home14
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Crawley Town 0.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Booking

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

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bobson Bawling.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 1, Crawley Town 0. Luke Ayling (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aden Flint following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Lewis Price.

Attempt saved. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Crawley Town).

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Lanre Oyebanjo.

Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Marvin Elliott replaces Shaun Miller.

Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) header from very close range is too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Shaun Miller (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Mark Little.

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

Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt blocked. Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Wade Elliott.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Matt Smith.

Booking

Keith Keane (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City20126237191842
2Swindon20125339201941
3MK Dons19115340192138
4Preston20115433201338
5Sheff Utd209562623332
6Rochdale2093836251130
7Notts County198652520530
8Oldham207942824430
9Peterborough209382825330
10Bradford208572725229
11Fleetwood207582019126
12Walsall206861817126
13Chesterfield206772627-125
14Coventry206682328-524
15Barnsley206593034-423
16Port Vale206592529-423
17Doncaster196582027-723
18Gillingham205782228-622
19Scunthorpe196492534-922
20Crawley205781930-1122
21Yeovil2055101830-1220
22Leyton Orient204792531-619
23Colchester2045112538-1317
24Crewe2044121639-2316
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