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Bristol City 6-0 Bolton Wanderers

Bristol City's Peter Odemwingie
Odemwingie is on loan from Premier League side Stoke City until the end of the season

Bristol City boosted their hopes of Championship survival as they thrashed struggling Bolton Wanderers.

Aaron Wilbraham gave the hosts an early lead with a tap-in after Bolton keeper Paul Rachubka denied Joe Bryan.

Lee Tomlin scored from Nathan Baker's long ball, Peter Odemwingie made it 3-0 from distance and Scott Wagstaff tapped in Jonathan Kodjia's pass.

Kodjia then headed home Adam Matthews' delivery and Bryan's right-foot strike completed the rout for City.

The Robins remain 19th in the Championship table but are now six points clear of the relegation places, with eight games remaining, by virtue of MK Dons' defeat by Brighton.

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Jimmy Phillips on Bristol City v Bolton

It was an afternoon to forget for interim Bolton boss Jimmy Phillips - who took charge of the first team after former manager Neil Lennon left by mutual consent on Tuesday - as his side struggled to work their way back into the game following the hosts' early double strike.

The Trotters eased their financial troubles after confirming they had paid their outstanding £2.2m tax bill this week, but their slim hopes of Championship survival now look even more unlikely following the defeat.

They have gone eight games without a win in the league, remain rooted to the foot of the table and are 12 points from safety with eight games left.

Meanwhile, City's fine display was the first time Lee Johnson's side have scored more than three goals in a game this season, having achieved that feat 19 times in all competitions last term.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson: "The dressing room was quiet before the game and I didn't know quite what to make of it. Thankfully, it proved the calm before the storm.

"The players were desperate to show the good side of Bristol City after the week we had been through as a group and I think they deserve huge credit.

"But there is still so much room for improvement and, with clubs near the bottom picking up points everywhere, we have to maintain standards.

"I want to finish as high as possible in the table to set down a marker for next season."

Bolton interim boss Jimmy Phillips: "I want to apologise to the Bolton fans who made the trip. It is one of the lowest points of my long association with the club.

"I possibly felt worse when we were relegated on the last day of the Premier League season while I was a player, but it's similar today.

"It certainly pushes us closer to League One, but I won't give up the fight.

"The new owners and the fans deserve nothing less than 100% commitment from everyone involved until it is mathematically impossible for us to stay up."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 12O'Donnell
  • 26Matthews
  • 4Flint
  • 17Baker
  • 13Golbourne
  • 21Pack
  • 23Bryan
  • 9TomlinSubstituted forWagstaffat 77'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forFreemanat 69'minutes
  • 27Odemwingie
  • 18WilbrahamSubstituted forKodjiaat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Ayling
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 15Freeman
  • 16Pearce
  • 22Kodjia

Bolton

  • 13Rachubka
  • 15Derik
  • 31Wheater
  • 45Holding
  • 3MoxeyBooked at 67mins
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forDannsat 45'minutes
  • 6VelaBooked at 47mins
  • 21Pratley
  • 42WalkerSubstituted forWellingtonat 66'minutesSubstituted forDobbieat 83'minutes
  • 14Madine
  • 30Woolery

Substitutes

  • 10Clough
  • 17Trotter
  • 18Danns
  • 22Wellington
  • 23Dobbie
  • 48Maher
  • 49Campbell
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
15,608

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 6, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 6, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Bristol City).

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 6, Bolton Wanderers 0. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 5, Bolton Wanderers 0. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Matthews with a cross.

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie replaces Wellington because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 4, Bolton Wanderers 0. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia with a cross.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Lee Tomlin.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Bristol City. Luke Freeman tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Luke Freeman replaces Bobby Reid.

Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Tomlin (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Wellington replaces Tom Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Bristol City. Adam Matthews tries a through ball, but Aaron Wilbraham is caught offside.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

Attempt missed. Tom Walker (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gary Madine.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 3, Bolton Wanderers 0. Peter Odemwingie (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Booking

Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol City 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Mark Davies.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol City 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Kaiyne Woolery (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley382112561313075
2Brighton381914552351771
3Middlesbrough37217948232570
4Hull37199950232766
5Derby381713851351664
6Sheff Wed381614856362062
7Cardiff38151494941859
8Ipswich381610124644258
9Birmingham371511114135656
10Preston381314113635153
11QPR381215114743451
12Wolves381212144651-548
13Leeds371114123745-847
14Blackburn381113143736146
15Nottm Forest381113143436-246
16Huddersfield38129175253-145
17Reading371112144243-145
18Brentford37127184859-1143
19Bristol City381110174058-1843
20Rotherham38116214462-1839
21Fulham38814165764-738
22MK Dons38910193251-1937
23Charlton38711203469-3532
24Bolton38414203668-3226
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