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Bristol City 3-2 Chesterfield

Wes Burns
Burns' winner against Chesterfield was his second goal in four days, having netted in City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Cheltenham

Wes Burns' injury-time strike gave top-of-the-table Bristol City a dramatic win over Chesterfield in League One.

The Robins went ahead through Ian Evatt's own goal, before Eoin Doyle equalised from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Derrick Williams.

Williams atoned for his error by heading in Luke Freeman's corner, but Doyle's tap-in pegged City back again.

Doyle on fire
Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle scored 11 goals in League Two last season - but has already managed 14 in the division above this campaign

But Burns, on as a first-half substitute, smashed a half-volley into the corner to win it for the home side.

The result means unbeaten City stretched their lead at the top of the table to five points, having won eight and drawn four of their opening 12 matches - their last league defeat coming in March.

Chesterfield remain in sixth, meanwhile, with Doyle's 14 league strikes accounting for two thirds of the Spireites' goals so far this term.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I think we had the better chances in the game and if we were ruthless enough, it could have been five.

"But Chesterfield had some good possession and played some good football, let's not take that away from them.

"I was delighted that Wes Burns got the winner because he made the mistake for the second goal.

"Two of our younger players were punished by giving the ball away in the final third, bless them - but that's what happens."


Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 2Little
  • 8Elliott
  • 7SmithSubstituted forBurnsat 35'minutes
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 90'minutes
  • 23Bryan
  • 19AgardSubstituted forPackat 83'minutes
  • 18Wilbraham


  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 20Burns
  • 21Pack


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lee
  • 2Darikwa
  • 23Evatt
  • 29Margreitter
  • 3Jones
  • 8RyanSubstituted forO'Sheaat 81'minutes
  • 5MorsyBooked at 74mins
  • 12ClucasBooked at 68mins
  • 26JohnsonSubstituted forBocoat 68'minutes
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forBanksat 75'minutes
  • 17DoyleBooked at 45mins


  • 7Gardner
  • 9Gnanduillet
  • 10O'Shea
  • 16Raglan
  • 18Boco
  • 24Banks
  • 31Wright
Andy Davies

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamChesterfield
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 3, Chesterfield 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 3, Chesterfield 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 3, Chesterfield 2. Wes Burns (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Wade Elliott.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Little (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Luke Freeman.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  9. Post update

    Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

  12. Post update

    Georg Margreitter (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Kieran Agard.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesterfield. Jay O'Shea replaces Jimmy Ryan.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Bristol City) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

  18. Post update

    Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Georg Margreitter (Chesterfield).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.