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Stevenage 1-3 Bristol City

Wade Elliott

Stevenage were relegated from League One after a tame performance against mid-table Bristol City.

Only a victory would have kept alive the home side's slim hopes of avoiding the drop, but City's superior quality in the final third told.

Wade Elliott slotted a deserved opener from close range just before the break.

Baldock coolly scored the second and substitute Stephen Pearson converted another one-on-one chance to make it 3-0, before Luke Freeman's free-kick.

Freeman's stunning late effort at least gave something for the home fans to cheer on a miserable afternoon in which their side were second best for long periods.

The hosts started slowly and they could have been five or six down at the break had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping from Chris Day.

He denied Baldock four times and the City striker also headed another good opportunity wide.

The visitors finally took the lead three minutes before the interval when the impressive on-loan midfielder Elliott scored after good work by Brendon Moloney.

Stevenage improved after the interval but a long ball forward caught their defence napping and Baldock calmly netted the second goal.

Visiting keeper Simon Moore made a couple of fine saves after that - notably to keep out a Lucas Akins effort.

But Pearson ran through to grab a third and, although Freeman's fine set-piece strike raised a healthy cheer among the Stevenage supporters, Steve Cotterill's side cruised to victory.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I think they brought with them a very strong outfit. They've got some exceptional, probably Championship players in their squad.

"We've given youngsters their debut today. When you put youngsters, fresh out of the academy, up against lads who are costing a million quid, it's tough for them.

"The margin in the end could have probably been closer than it ended up in score terms, and there's plenty to be encouraged about in what we saw.

"I think the side gave a decent account of itself on the whole, bearing in mind the big players that were missing, the debutants, and the quality of the opposition."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if we had scored the goals our performance warranted.

"We could have been 8-0 up at half-time - and I mean that.

"We weren't quite ruthless enough with our chances, coupled with some good saves from their keeper. But I thought their attitude was spot on."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 2WedgburySubstituted forN'Guessanat 84'minutes
  • 29Hartley
  • 14HeslopSubstituted forAkinsat 39'minutes
  • 6Jones
  • 24Doughty
  • 17GordonSubstituted forOkenabirhieat 63'minutes
  • 8Mousinho
  • 15Freeman
  • 10Burrow
  • 20Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 11Akins
  • 25Flanagan
  • 26Banvo
  • 28N'Guessan
  • 31Okenabirhie
  • 33Henderson

Bristol City

  • 30Moore
  • 3Williams
  • 17Cunningham
  • 8ElliottSubstituted forPearsonat 73'minutes
  • 2MoloneySubstituted forWagstaffat 89'minutes
  • 36Nosworthy
  • 34Gillett
  • 21Pack
  • 23BarnettSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 76'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 35Osborne

Substitutes

  • 7Kelly
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 14Reid
  • 19Pearson
  • 27Burns
  • 32Richards
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
2,901

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away10
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 1, Bristol City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Bristol City 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Brendan Moloney.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 1, Bristol City 3. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Joseph N'Guessan replaces Sam Wedgbury.

  11. Post update

    Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Bristol City).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Day.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Simon Gillett.

  16. Post update

    Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Moloney (Bristol City).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Tyrone Barnett.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 0, Bristol City 3. Stephen Pearson (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyrone Barnett.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves44309585305599
2Brentford442710769393091
3Rotherham442313882552782
4Preston442216668432582
5Leyton Orient4423111080443680
6Peterborough442241868561270
7Swindon44199166255766
8Sheff Utd431612154343060
9Port Vale44186205871-1360
10MK Dons44178196060059
11Walsall441416144745258
12Bristol City441317146966356
13Crawley431413164651-555
14Bradford441217155352153
15Gillingham44157225875-1752
16Oldham431312184757-1051
17Coventry441612167274-250
18Colchester441114194860-1247
19Tranmere441211215175-2447
20Crewe441211215279-2747
21Notts County44144266176-1546
22Carlisle431111214372-2944
23Shrewsbury44914214160-1941
24Stevenage44109254368-2539
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