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Summary

  1. Bristol City win Football League Trophy for the third time
  2. Aden Flint heads Bristol City in front
  3. Mark Little bundles home for 2-0
  4. Walsall were playing at Wembley for first time in their 127-year history

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By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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So there you have it. Bristol City have become the first team to win the Football League Trophy three times, surpassing teams such as Stoke and Carlisle on two.

Aden Flint's 15th-minute header set them on their way against a Walsall side in their first Wembley game...

Aden Flint scores
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Before Mark Little's contentious goal sealed the deal.

Mark Little celebrates
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Thanks for following today's live text. Later we have the only game this weekend that can match up to the JPT final - El Clasico.

Enjoy!

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Bristol City defender Derrick Williams told BBC Radio Bristol: "It doesn't get much better than that, especially at Wembley - it's where everyone's dreams are.

"We kept passing the ball well in certain areas to try and draw them out and I thought we did well with that.

"I'm buzzing that we got the win because that is the most important thing."

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Francis Lunn: Well done #BristolCity on winning the Football League Trophy. Now let's never be in the competition ever again.

Gary Brassington: Congratulations to Bristol City on being 2-0 winners of the final of the Football League Trophy. Great win as part of a great season.

Lois: Congrats to Bristol City for winning Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Walsall defender Ben Purkiss told BBC WM 95.6: "It was a fantastic occasion for the football club but it doesn't feel like it right now.

"It was a big achievement to get here but they are a decent side and once they went 1-0 up it was difficult for us.

"The support we had was amazing but I'm just sorry that we couldn't experience a win."

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

You can imagine tonight's going to be a pretty decent night for the Bristol City players, but the runaway League One leaders can't go too wild, they've got a home game against play-off hopefuls Barnsley next Saturday to prepare for.

Still, the whole team is dancing in front of photographers desperate for a great shot for tomorrow's newspapers.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Who do you reckon in the Bristol City camp bought those dodgy wigs that so many of the players are wearing? The assistant in the store must have wondered what was going on.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

In stark contrast, the Bristol City players could not get there any faster! And it's left to club captain Wade Elliott and today's captain Aaron Wilbraham to lift the coveted trophy for a record-breaking the third time in their history.

Stereophonics then blasts out of the speakers at Wembley. Whatever happened to 'We are the Champions'? Bristol City fans and players alike probably can't hear that right now though.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Wembley: "There's a positive atmosphere at both ends of the ground. The Bristol City fans swing their red scarves around their heads with glee, as goalscorer Mark Little jumps into the crowd and is swamped by selfie-grabbers. The Walsall fans then rise to their feet to congratulate their players, the history boys."

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

BBC West Midlands social media editor John Bray at Wembley: "Walsall head up to the Royal Box. They look just like a team that loved reaching Wembley, but know they didn't really deliver on the big stage.

"Last man up, manager Dean Smith - a man universally respected in West Midlands football circles. He's done a fantastic job to get the Saddlers to Wembley for the first time in their 127-year history.

"But he will be acutely aware that after today the focus has to be on League One - a very tight division where Walsall currently sit an uncomfortable four points above the relegation zone."

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

The long trudge up the Wembley steps for losing side Walsall beckons. That must be a terrible feeling after a hard game.

They had to wait 127 years to get to Wembley, but just came up against stronger opponents. I'm sure their day will come again, but today belongs to Bristol City.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Bristol City goalkeeper Frankie Fielding told BBC Radio Bristol: "We had a game plan, we stuck to it and it came off.

"Jordan Cook's cross nearly caught me out - those are the fine margins and it went for us today.

"We knew Walsall were dangerous but thankfully we got the two goals I think we deserved."

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Man of the match Mark Little somehow sticks on a red and white wig almost immediately. Where has he been keeping that all game?!

The smiles of the Bristol City players could stretch from Wembley to Ashton Gate, and there is even a familiar face in the back of a team photo.

Fulham striker Matt Smith, who scored all five goals in their semi-final win over Gillingham while on loan with the Robins, is looking rather dapper and on the pitch with his old team-mates.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Goalscorer Aden Flint told BBC Radio Bristol: "We will enjoy today but at the start of the season we set out to win this cup and the league. Now we have got to go back to the league."

FULL-TIME

BRISTOL CITY WIN THE JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY

There it is, the moment that Bristol City fans have been waiting for! Referee Mick Russell blows the final whistle and Wembley erupts with the noise of west country accents. Those from the West Midlands will have enjoyed their first trip to Wembley, but in truth, they were no match for their opponents.

Is this the first trophy of the season for runaway League One leaders Bristol City?

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Bristol City are just knocking this around like it's a training game. It's pretty much game over. The party is just getting started in the Robins' end.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas almost capitalises on a Walsall mistake but keeper Richard O'Donnell does well to clear. It's not looking good for the Saddlers.

Added time is four minutes.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

This is fast becoming a substitution live text. Wade Elliott, scorer of Burnley's goal at Wembley in 2009, comes on for Luke Freeman. Don't worry, there are no more subs left.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Steve Cotterill knows what he's doing. He winds the clock down even further by bringing the enigmatic Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on for Kieran Agard, who has terrorised the Saddlers' defence today.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

A first substitute for Bristol City, with Greg Cunningham replacing Joe Bryan, the Football League's young player of the month for February. You can read more about the

Bristol-born, Bristol-bred wing-back here. And soon after Mark Little has the chance to play into the middle, but miscues a cross straight into the keeper's hands.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Steve Cotterill
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Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill is still looking agitated on the touchline, screaming at his players despite a comfortable lead.

Walsall sub James Baxendale then has a strike from distance, but it goes wide of the post. A familiar pattern is emerging for the Saddlers.

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Francis Lunn: Fantastic turnout from both sets of fans.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Last roll of the dice for Dean Smith as winger Jordan Cook, who hit the bar early in the second half and has looked a threat all day, is replaced by James Baxendale. Could he be the catalyst for a remarkable comeback?

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Martin O'Connor

Ex-Walsall captain and BBC WM 95.6 summariser

"Bristol City have had it far too easy today all over the pitch, especially in forward areas. It's been a flat performance."

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Wembley: "The temperature has dropped dramatically at Wembley and so has the noise from the Walsall end. There's still a few flags flying and cheers of encouragement on the attack but they're aware of the task ahead. The Bristol City fans, meanwhile, are bathing in the late spring sunshine, ready and waiting for the full-time whistle."

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Bristol City are playing this by the book. The League One leaders have got their lead and are looking solid at the back, while dangerous on the counter attack. It will take quite an effort for Walsall to get back in it from here, but can you imagine the scenes if they did?

The little West Midlands town will never be the same again. Speaking of which, is anyone actually left in Walsall today?

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

The official attendance has just been announced. A staggering 72,315 people are there today, almost 30,000 more than were there to see Manchester United beat Liverpool at Anfield.

We know which one is the bigger game...

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Anthony Forde really needs to get his head up here. The winger had three players in the box, but still went for goal, firing well off target.

That's his last piece of action as he's replaced by Ashley Grimes.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Bristol City are certainly not allowing Walsall too much of lee-way, but Jordy Hiwula gets a brief bit of space on the edge of the area, but the on-loan Manchester City man blazes a shot nowhere near the goal. It's looking desperate for the Saddlers.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Mark Little scores
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Just been watching some replays of Mark Little's goal, and it looks like it may have hit the arm of the full-back. Walsall fans won't be too happy with that - especially given that he also used to play for local rivals Wolves - but Robins fans won't care.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Richard O'Donnell certainly doesn't look to be carrying any ill-effects from that challenge, and makes a brilliant save off Aaron Wilbraham, who was offside anyway from Mark Little's cross. The Bristol City fans thought they were certainties to put this game to bed.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

A bit of concern here for Walsall keeper Richard O'Donnell, after he clashes with Bristol City's Korey Smith off a Luke Freeman cross. But thankfully he's back up and looks OK.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

BBC West Midlands' social media editor John Bray at Wembley: "Two-down but Jordan Cook brings the Saddlers crowd back to life. First his cross hits the upright, with Tom Bradshaw unable to convert the rebound, then another cross drifts wide of Frank Fielding's left hand post. Walsall's fans still backing their team despite the scoreline - and quite right too!"

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Bristol City fans are in a party atmosphere despite that close shave, and Joe Bryan takes a loose ball down well to tee up Marlon Pack, but he waywardly shoots left-footed wide. A third would completely kill this game.

That prompts Walsall boss Dean Smith into a change, bring Jordy Hiwula on for top goalscorer Tom Bradshaw, who has struggled with a hamstring injury recently.

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Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Martin O'Connor

Ex-Walsall captain and BBC WM 95.6 summariser

"Walsall lack a bit of energy, a bit of spark, someone to lead and get about the troops.

"They need someone to set the tempo and lead by example. They have got bodies out there but they are not really performing.

"Hopefully Cook hitting the post can be that spark."

HITS THE WOODWORK

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Cripes that was close! Jordan Cook does Luke Ayling on the left wing and puts a ball in, which evades everyone, but Frankie Fielding is on hand to tip it onto the crossbar. Derrick Williams, who has been struggling with injury today, then dives to block Tom Bradshaw's follow up on the six-yard box.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Walsall are right up against it now, and look to their talisman Tom Bradshaw for a boost. He wins a corner off Aden Flint, but Sam Mantom flashes a strike from the edge of the box over the bar.

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall

Louis Carey

Ex-Bristol City defender on BBC Radio Bristol

"That second goal going in has brought the Bristol City fans to life. Hopefully they can sing their team to victory."

GOAL

Bristol City 2-0 Walsall (Mark Little)

Mark Little
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Bristol City have just taken a massive step toward their third Football League Trophy and it's come through the unlikely source of Mark Little. Luke Freeman has the ball out wide on the left and curls in a delicious ball which full-back Little turns towards goal. Richard O'Donnell saves his initial attempt, but can do nothing but flail at his second.

The Bristol City fans, as you'd expect, are going absolutely bonkers.

Little won the Trophy with Peterborough last year, can he do it for the second year in a row?