League One
Gillingham1Bristol City3

Gillingham 1-3 Bristol City

Scott Wagstaff
Scott Wagstaff's goal against Gillingham was his second of the season

Bristol City beat Gillingham to make sure of their spot at the top of League One heading into 2015.

The visitors went ahead thanks to Aden Flint's header across goal, although on-loan striker Matt Smith looked to have got the final touch.

Smith then side-footed Greg Cunningham's cross past goalkeeper Stuart Nelson to make it 2-0.

Bristol City's 2014 turnaround
Steve Cotterill's side started the year 22nd in League One, with only 22 points, but ended it top having already managed 48.

Cody McDonald's low shot reduced the arrears after the break, but Scott Wagstaff's curler sealed victory.

The result not only kept City at the top of the table, but also extended their advantage over fellow promotion chasers MK Dons and Preston, who both dropped points on Sunday.

Gillingham, meanwhile, slipped to 19th in the table, two points ahead of Crewe in 21st.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

Media playback is not supported on this device

Cotterill on Gills v Bristol City

"We've had some big points to get on the board this month and we're probably only three short of what we hoped for.

"We've been up against it with the squad. It's been stretched to its limits.

"I thought the performances today of Matt Smith and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas were immense.

"They gave us a fantastic platform to build on."

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

Media playback is not supported on this device

Taylor on Gillingham v Bristol City

"We did get better in the second half but I don't except the first half in any way. I thought we were yards away from Bristol City.

"We were not strong enough defensively as a team.

"The second goal we conceded was really poor - we had no defensive shape and people were in the wrong areas. If we'd gone in 1-0 down I felt there would have been a bit more belief in the changing room.

"You've got to give credit to a good team. They keep possession in tight areas and they have the confidence to do that."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 4Egan
  • 29Lennon
  • 5Ehmer
  • 3MartinBooked at 90mins
  • 18PritchardSubstituted forNorrisat 73'minutes
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 21DoughtyBooked at 79mins
  • 16LinganziSubstituted forMcGlashanat 45'minutes
  • 9KedwellSubstituted forDickensonat 45'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 10McDonald

Substitutes

  • 6Legge
  • 11McGlashan
  • 12Morris
  • 14German
  • 19Norris
  • 24Dickenson
  • 31Hoyte

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 11WagstaffSubstituted forKaneat 86'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 7Smith
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forElliottat 90+1'minutes
  • 17CunninghamBooked at 38minsSubstituted forBryanat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Smith
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 5Osborne
  • 8Elliott
  • 12Kane
  • 13Richards
  • 16Wynter
  • 23Bryan
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
6,216

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 1, Bristol City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Bristol City 3.

Attempt saved. Harry Lennon (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is too high.

Booking

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wade Elliott replaces Luke Freeman.

Booking

Joe Martin (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Todd Kane (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Joe Bryan replaces Greg Cunningham.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Todd Kane replaces Scott Wagstaff.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Michael Doughty (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Doughty (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Luke Norris replaces Josh Pritchard.

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Brennan Dickenson.

Matt Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City23146342222048
2Swindon23145444222247
3Preston23136436211545
4MK Dons22135448222644
5Bradford2310673126536
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Chesterfield238873231132
8Rochdale2394103931831
9Notts County228772724331
10Peterborough2394103029131
11Fleetwood238692322130
12Walsall237972322130
13Oldham227962933-430
14Doncaster228682327-430
15Port Vale2385102932-329
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Coventry236892431-726
18Scunthorpe217592836-826
19Gillingham2367102735-825
20Crawley2358102136-1523
21Crewe2365122041-2123
22Leyton Orient2257102934-522
23Colchester2356122740-1321
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
View full League One table

Top Stories