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Bristol City 4-0 Notts County

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas also scored a 90th-minute penalty to beat Notts County earlier in the season

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."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 4Flint
  • 22Ayling
  • 23Bryan
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forPackat 76'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 8ElliottSubstituted forReidat 89'minutes
  • 2Little
  • 9SmithSubstituted forOsborneat 85'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 14Reid
  • 16Wynter
  • 17Cunningham
  • 21Pack

Notts County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Carroll
  • 3Adams
  • 6Hollis
  • 5Mullins
  • 2Dumbuya
  • 13Jones
  • 4SmithSubstituted forSantosat 45'minutes
  • 11Thompson
  • 28EdwardsSubstituted forMcKenzieat 12'minutes
  • 15Thompson
  • 29BishopSubstituted forMurrayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Wroe
  • 10Murray
  • 14McKenzie
  • 26Whitehouse
  • 31Harrad
  • 35Pilkington
  • 38Santos
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
12,817

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 4, Notts County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 4, Notts County 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Blair Adams (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  5. Post update

    Alefe Santos (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Bobby Reid replaces Wade Elliott.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luke Ayling (Bristol City).

  8. Post update

    Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

  10. Post update

    Hayden Mullins (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Karleigh Osborne replaces Matt Smith.

  12. Goal!

    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.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Notts County).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Garry Thompson (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  19. Post update

    Michael Edwards (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Luke Freeman.