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Bradford City 0-6 Bristol City

Bristol City
Bristol City will break the 100-point barrier if they win all three remaining games.

League One leaders Bristol City thumped Bradford City to seal promotion to the Championship after a two-year absence.

The away side dominated from the start, with James Tavernier's toe-poke and Joe Bryan's far-post header putting them in command at the break.

Luke Ayling fired in from long range and Aden Flint nodded in as the Robins ran riot in the second half.

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The title still our aim - Cotterill

Tavernier's slotted finish and Aaron Wilbraham's strike completed a memorable evening.

Now 10 points clear of second-placed Preston North End, the Ashton Gate outfit need to win only one of their remaining three games to be certain of securing the League One title.

Under boss Steve Cotterill, the Robins have been in imperious form since the very start of the season, winning at fellow promotion contenders Sheffield United on the opening day and remaining unbeaten until mid-November.

Having lifted the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley last month, Bristol City's latest undefeated run in the league stretches 12 matches and leaves them strong favourites to complete a lower-league double.

Bristol City

This campaign also represents a remarkable turnaround for a club who, when Cotterill was appointed 16 months ago, were languishing in 23rd in the table and in danger of suffering successive relegations.

The former Cheltenham, Burnley and Portsmouth manager's summer recruitment has been key to their success, with the arrival of Luke Freeman from Stevenage as significant as any.

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Bristol City celebrate promotion

Already the division's leading assist maker, the 23-year-old was again the orchestrator as the visitors bossed the opening period, setting Tavernier clear for their first and crossing for Bryan to head in the second.

But, while Bristol City enjoyed the better of the first half, they produced an emphatic display of attacking football in the second to seal promotion in style.

Ayling's 25-yard strike sneaked in past goalkeeper Ben Williams for their third, before centre-half Flint headed his 11th of the campaign from Marlon Pack's free-kick.

Tavernier grabbed his second soon after, bundling in at the far post, and Wilbraham capitalised on a defensive mix-up to slot past Williams and send the Robins up with three games to spare.

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 12Williams
  • 2Darby
  • 23McArdle
  • 15Mackenzie
  • 3Meredith
  • 20MoraisSubstituted forMcMahonat 76'minutes
  • 8Liddle
  • 11KnottSubstituted forRoutisat 75'minutes
  • 14YeatesSubstituted forSteadat 45'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 10Clarke

Substitutes

  • 4Dolan
  • 13Zoko
  • 16Stead
  • 18Routis
  • 22Urwin
  • 25Halliday
  • 29McMahon

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 24Tavernier
  • 7Smith
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forSavilleat 79'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 21Pack
  • 23BryanSubstituted forCunninghamat 76'minutes
  • 19Agard
  • 18WilbrahamSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 8Elliott
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 12Saville
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
12,609

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 0, Bristol City 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 0, Bristol City 6.

Christopher Routis (Bradford City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

Foul by George Saville (Bristol City).

Jon Stead (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

George Saville (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by George Saville (Bristol City).

Gary Liddle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. George Saville (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. George Saville replaces Luke Freeman.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 0, Bristol City 6. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Joe Bryan.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Tony McMahon replaces Filipe Morais.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Christopher Routis replaces Billy Knott.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 0, Bristol City 5. James Tavernier (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Gary Liddle (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 0, Bristol City 4. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marlon Pack with a cross following a set piece situation.

Kieran Agard (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Bradford City).

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

Foul by Jon Stead (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Goal!

Goal! Bradford City 0, Bristol City 3. Luke Ayling (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Bradford City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Bradford City 0, Bristol City 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Jon Stead replaces Mark Yeates.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bradford City 0, Bristol City 2.

Attempt missed. Gary Liddle (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

James Tavernier (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City432711586365092
2Preston422313671363582
3MK Dons422310984404479
4Swindon412371170472376
5Sheff Utd4319111363501368
6Chesterfield4319101467521567
7Rochdale421861869571260
8Fleetwood431611164548-359
9Barnsley431610175659-358
10Peterborough43177194751-458
11Bradford421512155153-257
12Doncaster421512155255-357
13Gillingham431414156063-356
14Oldham431413165364-1155
15Walsall421315144242054
16Coventry431215164656-1051
17Scunthorpe421312175566-1151
18Port Vale43148215060-1050
19Crewe43139213972-3348
20Leyton Orient421211195559-447
21Notts County421114174154-1347
22Crawley431211204773-2647
23Colchester42128225172-2144
24Yeovil43910243368-3537
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