Match ends, Bristol City 4, Notts County 0.
Bristol City coasted to victory over Notts County to return to the top of the League One table.
Joe Bryan put the Robins ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, bundling Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's cross over the line.
Matt Smith then scored his ninth goal in five matches, tapping home after Luke Freeman's pull back.
|Matt Smith's purple patch|
|After failing to find the net in his first four Bristol City appearances on loan from Fulham, Matt Smith has now scored nine goals inside the space of 16 days.|
After the break, Emmanuel-Thomas fired cleverly past Roy Carroll and Derrick Williams slotted a fourth to seal City's biggest win of the season.
With Swindon not in action until Monday, the result lifted Bristol City back to the summit of League One, three points clear of Town and six points above MK Dons in third.
Notts County, meanwhile, slip to 12th after a run of three successive losses.
Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:
"I think there could have been a few more goals in it for us.
"But I think we showed in parts how good we've been this season, especially with the goals.
"The goals were fantastic goals today, the passing and movement up to them was tremendous.
"But we also showed parts of us today where we looked like we've had a long week."
Notts County boss Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"It's the lowest point of this season.
"I'm lost for words at how we conceded the goals today. All four goals were defensively disgusting.
"We've come to a big team that's probably got the pick of the players at our level, so it was always going to be difficult.
"But the way we conceded the goals today gives us some huge problems."
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- Simon Hooper
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bristol City 4, Notts County 0.
Attempt missed. Blair Adams (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).
Alefe Santos (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Wade Elliott.
Foul by Luke Ayling (Bristol City).
Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).
Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Bristol City. Karleigh Osborne replaces Matt Smith.
Goal! Bristol City 4, Notts County 0. Derrick Williams (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County).
Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Frank Fielding.
Attempt saved. Garry Thompson (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).
Michael Edwards (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Luke Freeman.