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Bristol City 8-2 Walsall

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport at Ashton Gate
Bristol City
Aden Flint is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the first goal of his hat-trick

Champions Bristol City thrashed Walsall, prior to being presented with the League One trophy at Ashton Gate.

Jordy Hiwula slotted the Saddlers into a surprise lead, but Aden Flint's volley and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's penalty turned the match around.

Hiwula scored again to equalise before the rout began in the second half.

Defender Flint added two more for his hat-trick, Emmanuel-Thomas and Kieran Agard completed braces and Marlon Pack also scored in a remarkable 45 minutes.

Former Swindon Town centre-half Flint's treble was the highlight for the hosts, as he took his personal tally up to 15 for the season and capped an amazing afternoon for Steve Cotterill's side.

The game, which had little riding on it for either team, had been evenly poised before Agard's strike on the counter-attack early in the second half sparked a Saddlers capitulation.

The Robins, who lifted the league trophy in front of a jubilant Ashton Gate crowd, ended their campaign on 99 points, the highest tally ever achieved in the club's history.

Dean Smith's Walsall, meanwhile, finished 13th in the table, having gone seven matches unbeaten before their miserable final-day defeat.

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"In the first half, we were a bit sloppy. There were a few reminders needed at half-time. I said 'if we play properly, we'll score a few' and in the second half we did that. It was just a little prick of their conscience.

"This season, from minute one until the 93rd minute on the last day of the season, they've played properly every week.

"I said to the strikers at the end of the game that they should be ashamed of themselves when someone like Aden Flint has gone out there and scored three.

"I didn't want to look at him, because I knew the size of the grin that was going to be on that face. He's had a brilliant season."

Steve Cotterill
Steve Cotterill's Bristol City have won the League One title and the Football League Trophy this season

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 24TavernierSubstituted forWagstaffat 80'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 21Pack
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forElliottat 83'minutes
  • 23Bryan
  • 19Agard
  • 10Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forBurnsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 8Elliott
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 20Burns

Walsall

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 2PurkissSubstituted forDowningat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4O'Connor
  • 15Chambers
  • 14BenningSubstituted forTaylorat 68'minutes
  • 7ChambersBooked at 72mins
  • 12CainSubstituted forSawyersat 68'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 18Morris
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 30Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Downing
  • 10Sawyers
  • 17Flanagan
  • 21Cook
  • 27Forde
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
11,960

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home13
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 8, Walsall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 8, Walsall 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 8, Walsall 2. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Korey Smith.

  4. Booking

    Paul Downing (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 7, Walsall 2. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Wade Elliott (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Craig MacGillivray.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Wade Elliott replaces Luke Freeman.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces James Tavernier.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Booking

    Adam Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  20. Post update

    Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City462912596385899
2MK Dons4627109101445791
3Preston462514779403989
4Swindon4623101376571979
5Sheff Utd4619141366531371
6Chesterfield4619121568551369
7Bradford461714155555065
8Rochdale46196217266663
9Peterborough46189195356-363
10Fleetwood461712174952-363
11Barnsley461711186261162
12Gillingham461614166566-162
13Doncaster461613175862-461
14Walsall461417155054-459
15Oldham461415175467-1357
16Scunthorpe461414186275-1356
17Coventry461316174960-1155
18Port Vale46159225565-1054
19Colchester461410225877-1952
20Crewe461410224375-3252
21Notts County461214204563-1850
22Crawley461311225379-2650
23Leyton Orient461213215969-1049
24Yeovil461010263675-3940
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