Bristol City beat Premier League club Crystal Palace to reach the third round of the League Cup for the first time in 10 years.

After a lacklustre first half, City's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas curled in a right-footed strike to open the scoring.

Midfielder Scott Wagstaff then calmly slotted home from Bobby Reid's centre to double the League One side's lead.

Thomas on top form

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has more than doubled his goal tally from the whole of last season while playing for Ipswich in just seven appearances for Bristol

Owen Garvan fired in a sensational volley for Palace in injury time, but it was a mere consolation.

It means Crystal Palace's 34-year wait for a victory at Ashton Gate continues, but, perhaps more worrying for Bristol-born boss Ian Holloway, they remain without a win this season following league defeats by Tottenham and Stoke.

And the Eagles, who made 11 changes from the weekend defeat at Britannia Stadium, struggled to find their stride against an impressive City side.

Emmanuel-Thomas drilled towards goal to force 35-year-old debutant Neil Alexander into an early save.

Stephen Dobbie responded with some neat work in the box but saw his shot blocked, while Elliot Grandin headed over the bar following a rare Palace attack.

O'Driscoll wary of Robins cup form

Former Arsenal youngster Emmanuel-Thomas, who joined City in the summer after an unsuccessful spell with Ipswich, proved his pedigree with the opening goal - bending his shot passed Alexander after receiving a precise cut-back from Sam Baldock.

It was soon 2-0 when Reid swept the ball across the box to Wagstaff, who calmly struck low into the net.

Crystal Palace began to test the home defence late on, substitute Kyle De Silva's low drive gave keeper Elliot Parish a challenge on his debut.

Although Garvey's wonder strike from 20 yards out provided some last-minute nerves, City saw it through.

Bristol City manager Sean O'Driscoll:

"It was a night of positives; we've saved our best performances for this cup.

"You want your cup form to have an influence in terms of confidence. We don't want the cup form to hinder the league form and we've lost two players, 19 and 20, through fatigue tonight as they aren't used to playing Saturday and then Tuesday in games of this intensity.

"We are skating on thin ice with the squad. They changed all 11 players; we are not able to do that."

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway:

"It is obvious, isn't it? We need some wide men and we need to address the goals and that is what we'll be doing.

"The main thing for me is that we've lost two of our main players, who were really important for us last year, in Glenn Murray with his injury and Wilf (Zaha, who has joined Manchester United).

"You add the new lad I bought in Jerome Thomas and Yannick Bolasie to that and we aren't quite the same. It makes a huge difference.

"It certainly will be a busy rest of the week. I don't know where it will go and how we will end up, but we will get some players - you can see we need them."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol City

  • 13 Parish
  • 02 Moloney
  • 03 Williams (Fontaine - 74' )
  • 05 Flint
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 11 Wagstaff
  • 14 Reid
  • 15 Bryan Booked (Pack - 64' )
  • 25 Elliott
  • 09 Baldock (Harewood - 72' )
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 04 Fontaine
  • 20 Wilson
  • 16 Wynter
  • 21 Pack
  • 27 Burns
  • 23 Harewood

Crystal Palace

  • 25 Alexander
  • 23 Marange
  • 28 Ramage
  • 36 Wynter (De Silva - 68' )
  • 49 Je Williams
  • 10 Garvan
  • 12 O'Keefe Booked
  • 20 Jo Williams
  • 24 Grandin
  • 11 Dobbie (Phillips - 46' )
  • 18 Wilbraham (Appiah - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Fitzsimons
  • 26 Parsons
  • 41 Taylor
  • 35 De Silva
  • 38 Boateng
  • 09 Phillips
  • 32 Appiah
Ref: Williamson
Att: 6,816

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

5 2

Corners

11 3

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:29

Neil Alexander takes the free kick.

90:00 +4:12

Greg Cunningham concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle De Silva.

90:00 +3:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Owen Garvan - Bristol C 2 - 1 C Palace Owen Garvan slots the ball left footed into the goal. Bristol City 2-1 Crystal Palace.

90:00 +2:57

Liam Fontaine manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:52

The ball is crossed by Stuart O'Keefe.

90:00 +1:57

Shot by Kevin Phillips went wide of the left-hand upright.

90:00 +1:47

Shot by Kwesi Appiah.

90:00 +1:25

Owen Garvan takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Owen Garvan by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

90:00 +0:42

Kyle De Silva crosses the ball.

90:00 +0:16

Stuart O'Keefe takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:11

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on Stuart O'Keefe, free kick awarded.

89:18

Shot by Jonathan Williams. Marvin Elliott gets a block in.

88:45

Jonathan Williams takes the free kick.

88:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Harewood on Owen Garvan.

88:11

Kevin Phillips takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

87:47

The ball is delivered by Owen Garvan.

86:19

Brendan Moloney restarts play with the free kick.

86:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Williams on Scott Wagstaff.

84:23

Greg Cunningham takes the free kick.

84:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by Stuart O'Keefe.

82:37

Kyle De Silva has an effort at goal. Elliot Parish catches the ball.

82:18

Liam Fontaine manages to make a clearance.

82:16

The ball is sent over by Elliot Grandin.

81:20

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas crosses the ball.

81:00

Brendan Moloney produces a cross.

78:46

Liam Fontaine manages to make a clearance.

78:43

A cross is delivered by Stuart O'Keefe.

78:34

Stuart O'Keefe restarts play with the free kick.

78:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Cunningham on Kyle De Silva.

78:14

Clearance made by Stuart O'Keefe.

78:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

77:31

Shot by Marlon Harewood. Fine finger tip save by Neil Alexander.

76:21

Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

76:17

Centre by Brendan Moloney.

76:06

Kwesi Appiah has an effort at goal. Blocked by Aden Flint.

75:55

Owen Garvan sends in a cross.

74:53

Marvin Elliott manages to make a clearance.

74:47

The ball is crossed by Owen Garvan.

74:36

Corner taken by Owen Garvan from the right by-line.

74:19

Jonathan Williams has an effort at goal. Aden Flint gets a block in.

74:01

Elliot Parish takes the free kick.

73:33 Substitution

Substitution Derrick Williams leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Fontaine.

73:12

Elliot Grandin challenges Greg Cunningham unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71:58 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Harewood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sam Baldock.

71:36

Free kick taken by Elliot Parish.

71:21

The referee blows for offside.

70:07

Assist by Bobby Reid.

70:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Wagstaff - Bristol C 2 - 0 C Palace Scott Wagstaff scores with a right foot finish. Bristol City 2-0 Crystal Palace.

67:30 Substitution

Substitution Alex Wynter goes off and Kyle De Silva comes on.

67:09

Kwesi Appiah takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

66:34

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas makes a clearance.

66:30

Corner taken by Elliot Grandin.

66:13

Jerome Williams delivers the ball.

64:39

Clearance made by Alex Wynter.

64:37

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas crosses the ball.

64:34

Bobby Reid takes the free kick.

64:07 Booking

Booking

64:07

Stuart O'Keefe shown a yellow card.

63:59

Stuart O'Keefe concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Reid.

63:42

Elliot Parish restarts play with the free kick.

63:14 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Pack on for Joe Bryan.

61:56

The official flags Kevin Phillips offside.

60:39

Clearance made by Peter Ramage.

60:36

The ball is sent over by Scott Wagstaff.

60:17

Scott Wagstaff sends in a cross.

58:05

Assist on the goal came from Sam Baldock.

58:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - Bristol C 1 - 0 C Palace Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scores with their right foot. Bristol City 1-0 Crystal Palace.

57:00

Shot by Bobby Reid cleared the crossbar.

56:53

The ball is sent over by Scott Wagstaff.

55:41

Joe Bryan produces a cross.

55:10

Elliot Parish takes the free kick.

55:05

Kwesi Appiah is ruled offside.

54:15 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Wilbraham goes off and Kwesi Appiah comes on.

52:52

Stuart O'Keefe makes a clearance.

52:48

Corner taken by Joe Bryan.

52:29

A cross is delivered by Scott Wagstaff.

52:02

The ball is crossed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

51:15

Aden Flint restarts play with the free kick.

50:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Wagstaff by Owen Garvan.

49:47

Greg Cunningham restarts play with the free kick.

49:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Williams on Marvin Elliott.

46:25

The ball is delivered by Sam Baldock.

45:29

Joe Bryan produces a cross.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Kevin Phillips coming on for Stephen Dobbie.

45:00 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:06

Centre by Jonathan Williams.

44:39

Elliot Parish takes the free kick.

44:16

Elliot Grandin challenges Greg Cunningham unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:59

A cross is delivered by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

43:45

Corner taken by Joe Bryan.

43:25

The ball is crossed by Joe Bryan.

42:56

Clearance made by Florian Marange.

42:51

Corner taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

42:35

Corner taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

41:25

Clearance by Greg Cunningham.

41:20

Stephen Dobbie crosses the ball in from the free kick.

41:00

Scott Wagstaff challenges Stuart O'Keefe unfairly and gives away a free kick.

37:15

The ball is sent over by Stephen Dobbie.

36:16

Headed chance falls to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

36:05

Corner taken by Joe Bryan from the left by-line.

35:44

Centre by Joe Bryan.

32:05

Free kick taken by Neil Alexander.

31:35

Corner from the left by-line taken by Bobby Reid.

31:12

Sam Baldock sends in a cross.

30:18

Marvin Elliott restarts play with the free kick.

30:14

Foul by Stephen Dobbie on Bobby Reid, free kick awarded.

28:59

Centre by Joe Bryan.

28:20

Header at goal by Elliot Grandin goes over the frame of the goal.

28:13

Corner from the left by-line taken by Stephen Dobbie.

26:52

Free kick taken by Neil Alexander.

26:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Williams by Scott Wagstaff.

25:49

Free kick crossed by Bobby Reid.

25:24

Aaron Wilbraham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott.

23:09

Stephen Dobbie crosses the ball in from the free kick.

22:40

Joe Bryan receives a caution.

22:40 Booking

Booking

22:36

Jonathan Williams fouled by Joe Bryan, the ref awards a free kick.

21:54

Alex Wynter manages to make a clearance.

21:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Bobby Reid.

21:22

Bobby Reid produces a cross.

19:54

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

19:35

Elliot Parish takes the free kick.

19:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aden Flint by Aaron Wilbraham.

19:15

The ball is sent over by Elliot Grandin.

16:39

Florian Marange makes a clearance.

16:35

Corner taken by Joe Bryan.

15:58

Chance falls to Scott Wagstaff who heads at goal. Neil Alexander turns it away with a finger tip save.

15:31

Clearance made by Peter Ramage.

15:27

Brendan Moloney produces a cross.

14:08

Free kick taken by Marvin Elliott.

14:01

Owen Garvan is penalised for a handball.

13:29

Free kick taken by Alex Wynter.

13:14

Jonathan Williams fouled by Greg Cunningham, the ref awards a free kick.

12:59

Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

12:55

The ball is swung over by Joe Bryan.

10:42

Clearance made by Peter Ramage.

10:39

The ball is sent over by Joe Bryan.

9:30

Sam Baldock takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

9:19

Joe Bryan produces a cross.

7:50

Free kick taken by Peter Ramage.

7:31

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Williams by Bobby Reid results in a free kick.

4:43

Stephen Dobbie has an effort at goal. Derrick Williams gets a block in.

2:05

Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

1:59

Corner taken by Bobby Reid.

1:46

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a fantastic shot.

1:27

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot.

1:11

Corner taken by Joe Bryan.

0:45

Centre by Scott Wagstaff.

0:33

The ball is swung over by Bobby Reid.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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