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Crawley Town 1-2 Bristol City

Luke Ayling
Luke Ayling's header gave Bristol City a fourth win in a row

Bristol City maintained their 10-point gap at the top of League One after a late win at struggling Crawley.

The hosts started brightly but leading scorer Izale McLeod fired wide when well placed before Aden Flint headed the visitors in front.

On-loan Anthony Wordsworth fired home the equaliser into the roof of the net on the hour mark.

Late on, Crawley's Dean Morgan conceded a corner and, from the set-piece, Luke Ayling rose highest to head the winner.

The Robins have now won their last four in a row while Crawley, who are two-points from safety, are without a win in three.

Crawley manager Dean Saunders told BBC Sussex:

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Saunders on Crawley v Bristol City

"I'm gutted we've come away with nothing, again. That's two good performances, and that was probably better than Bradford. We've switched off at two set plays, the second is a move we went over on the training ground, and I won't sleep tonight over that.

"We've come a long way, and that was a performance against a team that was 10 points clear. We've matched them toe-to-toe and were probably the better team.

"The players will be gutted because you have jobs on the football pitch that you have to do and we've conceded at two set plays. They were two rubbish goals to concede.

"You can say what you like about performances but we have not got enough points."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill on Bristol City v Crawley

"It's a tough pitch for both teams to play on today

"I thought that at times they tried to play today, and at times we did, but when you're coming to a team that's down at the bottom they're going to be fighting for their lives.

"The pitch, you only have to look at it, pitches at this time of year with the weather that we get in our country, I think groundsmen deserve a medal for how they get these pitches playable really.

"Our players were good, but I thought Luke Ayling was our best player and it was fitting he got the winner."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 30Price
  • 6Bradley
  • 25Ward
  • 29Wood
  • 3Dickson
  • 21Tomlin
  • 26WordsworthBooked at 36mins
  • 16Fowler
  • 14YoungBooked at 83minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 89'minutes
  • 28PogbaSubstituted forMorganat 69'minutes
  • 9McLeod

Substitutes

  • 1Jensen
  • 7Edwards
  • 8Smith
  • 10Morgan
  • 17Anderson
  • 20Bawling
  • 22O'Connor

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Little
  • 3Williams
  • 4Flint
  • 7SmithBooked at 45mins
  • 22Ayling
  • 21Pack
  • 23BryanSubstituted forCunninghamat 90+3'minutes
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forSavilleat 90+2'minutes
  • 19AgardSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 81'minutes
  • 18Wilbraham

Substitutes

  • 8Elliott
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 12Saville
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 24Tavernier
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
3,333

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away12
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Bristol City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Bristol City 2.

Attempt saved. Richard Wood (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Dean Morgan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Dean Morgan (Crawley Town) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Joe Bryan.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. George Saville replaces Luke Freeman.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Anthony Wordsworth.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Gwion Edwards replaces Lewis Young.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Bristol City 2. Luke Ayling (Bristol City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Dean Morgan.

Booking

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Kieran Agard.

Foul by Dean Morgan (Crawley Town).

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Darren Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Dean Morgan replaces Mathias Pogba.

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Anthony Wordsworth.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Bristol City 1. Anthony Wordsworth (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Mathias Pogba.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Richard Wood (Crawley Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City35237567323576
2Preston34199655302566
3Swindon35197962382464
4MK Dons35188968373162
5Sheff Utd34158114841753
6Doncaster351311114443150
7Barnsley35155154748-150
8Peterborough35155154344-150
9Chesterfield34139124945448
10Bradford33139114238448
11Port Vale35146154548-348
12Fleetwood35139133639-348
13Rochdale331451458441447
14Gillingham351210135051-146
15Oldham341210124350-746
16Walsall351111133439-544
17Scunthorpe34119144652-642
18Crewe35126173459-2542
19Notts County34118153443-941
20Coventry34812143648-1236
21Leyton Orient3498174452-835
22Colchester3597194058-1834
23Crawley35810173660-2434
24Yeovil3589182850-2233
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