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Bristol City 3-1 Port Vale

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has scored six goals in his last eight games for Bristol City

Bristol City moved four points clear at the top of League One with a comfortable victory over Port Vale.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas put City ahead in the first half when he fired in off the underside of the bar from 25 yards out.

Joe Bryan's shot deflected off Freddie Veseli and looped over Chris Neal for 2-0 and Matt Smith capitalised on a poor back-pass to slot home the third.

Mark Marshall grabbed a consolation for Vale on 77 minutes with a low shot under goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

The visitors had a late flurry of chances, with Aden Flint having to clear off the line from Michael O'Connor, but City held out.

Steve Cotterill's side have now gone seven games unbeaten in the league and have a five-point cushion in the automatic promotion spots.

Port Vale dropped to 16th but are only six points off the play-offs in a congested table.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill on Bristol City v Port Vale

"At times we played some very good football and at other times we were a bit sloppy.

"We were disappointed to concede a goal. At 3-0 we switched off a little bit.

"I knew this sort of performance would happen tonight, after MK Dons.

"After every big game it's difficult to get the lads back up. But I'm really pleased with the way we manoeuvred our way to three points."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3WilliamsSubstituted forCunninghamat 70'minutes
  • 24Tavernier
  • 8ElliottSubstituted forPackat 76'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 23Bryan
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9SmithSubstituted forAgardat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 12Saville
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 19Agard
  • 21Pack

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 21Veseli
  • 4Robertson
  • 6DuffyBooked at 67mins
  • 3Dickinson
  • 7BirchallBooked at 37minsSubstituted forMooreat 68'minutes
  • 17BrownSubstituted forLinesat 63'minutes
  • 15O'Connor
  • 20Marshall
  • 28CampionSubstituted forLuerat 63'minutes
  • 11Pope

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 5McGivern
  • 10Lines
  • 12Johnson
  • 16Luer
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 19Moore
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
10,890

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home11
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 3, Port Vale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 3, Port Vale 1.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Matt Smith.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Hand ball by Matt Smith (Bristol City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 3, Port Vale 1. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Wade Elliott.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Derrick Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Byron Moore replaces Chris Birchall.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 3, Port Vale 0. Matt Smith (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Greg Luer (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Lines replaces Michael Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Greg Luer replaces Achille Campion.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Port Vale 0. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Bristol City) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tom Pope.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Neal.

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

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt saved. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Michael Brown (Port Vale).

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol City 1, Port Vale 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol City 1, Port Vale 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City28187353233061
2Swindon29176655292657
3MK Dons29168560273356
4Preston29158644281653
5Oldham29111084140143
6Sheff Utd2712693631542
7Chesterfield2911994238442
8Bradford2811893733441
9Fleetwood30118113030041
10Walsall29101093231140
11Doncaster2810993333039
12Rochdale271151149381138
13Peterborough29115133637-138
14Notts County29108113135-438
15Gillingham30108124045-538
16Port Vale30106143745-836
17Barnsley29105143843-535
18Crewe29105142951-2235
19Scunthorpe2797113843-534
20Coventry30711123041-1132
21Colchester2977153550-1528
22Yeovil3077162342-1928
23Crawley3069152754-2727
24Leyton Orient2868143544-926
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