League One
SwindonSwindon Town1Bristol CityBristol City0

Swindon Town 1-0 Bristol City

Swindon Town's Michael Smith
Michael Smith (right) celebrates scoring the only goal for Swindon Town with Jack Stephens

Swindon Town ended 10-man Bristol City's unbeaten start to the League One season as Michael Smith's superb goal settled the West Country derby.

Wade Elliott saw red for City after just two minutes for clashing with Jack Stephens in a heated opening.

Swindon's Nathan Byrne then smashed the crossbar from 25 yards after the break, before Smith ran through the defence to slot home and give the hosts the lead.

Aaron Wilbraham blazed City's best chance to level over from 15 yards.

Swindon v Bristol City: Head-to-head
Swindon winsDrawsBristol City wins
League253036
FA Cup012
League Cup302
Football League Trophy100
Total293140

At the end of the match, there were a few scuffles in the tunnel between both sets of players, which were quickly broken up.

Town's victory means they move above Preston into second place, four points behind City, following North End's 2-1 loss at home to Bradford.

Defeat ended Steve Cotterill's side's run of 22 league games unbeaten, which dates back to last season, and means that Chelsea are the only team in the top four divisions of English football without a league loss.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I think it was an outstanding spectacle, I thought the atmosphere was tremendous. I didn't want it to end.

"Our players had to show a different side because when the referee sends Wade Elliott off in the early moments it then becomes a different game.

"First half we needed to be more patient, we didn't create enough. Second half I thought we were brilliant.

"I thought it was an unbelievable goal - fantastic finish."

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's a real disappointment for our players to be honest because it was quite an injustice today that we got beat.

"We didn't deserve to get beat with 10 men, playing 90 minutes with 10 men is really, really difficult.

"We didn't deserve to get beat and it's a terrible injustice on Wade Elliott for the sending off.

"We will appeal 100%. Well we have to if they won their appeal last week (with Nathan Thompson) then if we don't win this one then something is hugely wrong in our game."

Wade Elliott sending off
Bristol City midfielder Wade Elliott was shown red for clashing with Swindon's Jack Stephens
Bristol City fans
Bristol City fans let off flares in the first half of the match at the County Ground

Line-ups

Swindon

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Foderingham
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 2Thompson
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 5Stephens
  • 7Gladwin
  • 19ThompsonBooked at 58mins
  • 15Toffolo
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forWilliamsat 66'minutes
  • 9SmithBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 10Williams
  • 12Bell
  • 14Reeves
  • 18Barker
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 11WagstaffBooked at 5minsSubstituted forKaneat 75'minutes
  • 8ElliottBooked at 3mins
  • 7Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 23BryanSubstituted forPackat 86'minutes
  • 19AgardSubstituted forCunninghamat 59'minutes
  • 18WilbrahamBooked at 30mins

Substitutes

  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 12Kane
  • 13Richards
  • 14Reid
  • 17Cunningham
  • 21Pack
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
12,565

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Bristol City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Bristol City 0.

  3. Post update

    Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Joe Bryan.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

  11. Post update

    Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Swindon Town 1, Bristol City 0. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Todd Kane replaces Scott Wagstaff.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Derrick Williams (Bristol City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.