League One
Bristol City4Notts County0

Bristol City 4-0 Notts County

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas also scored a 90th-minute penalty to beat Notts County earlier in the season

Bristol City coasted to victory over Notts County to return to the top of the League One table.

Joe Bryan put the Robins ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, bundling Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's cross over the line.

Matt Smith then scored his ninth goal in five matches, tapping home after Luke Freeman's pull back.

Matt Smith's purple patch
After failing to find the net in his first four Bristol City appearances on loan from Fulham, Matt Smith has now scored nine goals inside the space of 16 days.

After the break, Emmanuel-Thomas fired cleverly past Roy Carroll and Derrick Williams slotted a fourth to seal City's biggest win of the season.

With Swindon not in action until Monday, the result lifted Bristol City back to the summit of League One, three points clear of Town and six points above MK Dons in third.

Notts County, meanwhile, slip to 12th after a run of three successive losses.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill on Bristol City v Notts

"I think there could have been a few more goals in it for us.

"But I think we showed in parts how good we've been this season, especially with the goals.

"The goals were fantastic goals today, the passing and movement up to them was tremendous.

"But we also showed parts of us today where we looked like we've had a long week."

Notts County boss Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's the lowest point of this season.

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Derry on Notts v Bristol City

"I'm lost for words at how we conceded the goals today. All four goals were defensively disgusting.

"We've come to a big team that's probably got the pick of the players at our level, so it was always going to be difficult.

"But the way we conceded the goals today gives us some huge problems."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 4Flint
  • 22Ayling
  • 23Bryan
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forPackat 76'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 8ElliottSubstituted forReidat 89'minutes
  • 2Little
  • 9SmithSubstituted forOsborneat 85'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 14Reid
  • 16Wynter
  • 17Cunningham
  • 21Pack

Notts County

  • 1Carroll
  • 3Adams
  • 6Hollis
  • 5Mullins
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 13Jones
  • 4SmithSubstituted forSantosat 45'minutes
  • 11Thompson
  • 28EdwardsSubstituted forMcKenzieat 12'minutes
  • 15Thompson
  • 29BishopSubstituted forMurrayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Wroe
  • 10Murray
  • 14McKenzie
  • 26Whitehouse
  • 31Harrad
  • 35Pilkington
  • 38Santos
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
12,817

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 4, Notts County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 4, Notts County 0.

Attempt missed. Blair Adams (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Alefe Santos (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Wade Elliott.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Bristol City).

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Karleigh Osborne replaces Matt Smith.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 4, Notts County 0. Derrick Williams (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

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

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County).

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

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt saved. Garry Thompson (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Michael Edwards (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Luke Freeman.

Matt Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 3, Notts County 0. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Blair Adams (Notts County).

Attempt missed. Ronan Murray (Notts County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt saved. Blair Adams (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Garry Thompson (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol City 2, Notts County 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Alefe Santos replaces Alan Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Ronan Murray replaces Colby Bishop.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol City 2, Notts County 0.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City24156346222451
2Swindon24146446242248
3MK Dons23136450242645
4Preston24136537231445
5Bradford2410683228436
6Sheff Utd2310673027336
7Chesterfield249873531435
8Rochdale24104104132934
9Fleetwood259792624234
10Port Vale2595113136-532
11Peterborough2494113031-131
12Notts County238782728-131
13Oldham2371063135-431
14Doncaster238782529-431
15Walsall257992428-430
16Barnsley2385103435-129
17Scunthorpe228593237-529
18Coventry247892631-529
19Crewe2475122342-1926
20Leyton Orient2467113235-325
21Gillingham2567122940-1125
22Colchester2466122940-1124
23Crawley2459102338-1524
24Yeovil2455141938-1920
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