A Jay Emmanuel-Thomas hat-trick helped Bristol City to victory over Carlisle - their first league win in 22 matches.

Sean O'Hanlon's bullet header put Carlisle ahead before half-time.

But Sean O'Driscoll's side hit back with two goals inside a minute from top scorer Emmanuel-Thomas, and Scott Wagstaff's volley made it 3-1.

Liam Noble's powerful drive pulled one back for the hosts but the ex-Arsenal forward fired in his third to earn City their first three points since 9 March.

Bristol City's wait for a win

Bristol City's last league win came on 9 March against Middlesbrough, when they were still a Championship club

City posed early threats to the Carlisle defence, with goalkeeper Mark Gillespie blocking Lewis Dunk's effort and Ryan Taylor dragging his shot wide.

But it was the hosts who took the lead when influential defender O'Hanlon thumped home a towering header from James Berrett's corner.

However, Emmanuel-Thomas inspired a sensational comeback after the break.

His first goal was a free header from eight yards after Brendan Moloney's ball in and some good work from Bobby Reid set up the forward to lash home his second.

Wagstaff chested the ball down and volleyed in to increase their lead, but Noble gave City a scare when he found the bottom corner through a packed penalty area.

But Emmanuel-Thomas slammed a left-footed shot into the Carlisle net from 12 yards to make sure of the much-needed victory.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol City striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's a great afternoon for everyone - the players, the staff and fans. I hope this is the start of a good run for us.

"It's got more difficult the longer it's gone on. We've just had to wait for that one game to click.

"Now the pressure has gone and we can get back to playing how we want to.

"That's my first senior hat-trick so it's a very pleasant day for me."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Carlisle United

  • 01 Gillespie
  • 16 Potts Booked (Buaben - 71' )
  • 02 Townsend Booked
  • 12 Thirlwell
  • 23 O'Hanlon
  • 39 Chimbonda Booked
  • 08 Noble
  • 21 Berrett (Symington - 61' )
  • 29 Guy (Miller - 60' )
  • 07 Amoo
  • 03 Robson

Substitutes

  • 05 Livesey
  • 06 Buaben
  • 09 Miller
  • 14 Gillies
  • 19 Symington
  • 20 Fleming
  • 22 Eccleston

Bristol City

  • 13 Parish
  • 02 Moloney
  • 22 Shorey
  • 14 Reid (Bryan - 78' )
  • 30 Dunk (Flint - 40' )
  • 03 Williams
  • 21 Pack
  • 25 Elliott
  • 18 Taylor
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas (Harewood - 88' )
  • 11 Wagstaff

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 05 Flint
  • 09 Baldock
  • 15 Bryan
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 23 Harewood
  • 28 McLaughlin
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 4,672

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

4 4

Corners

6 2

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Bristol City 4.

90:00 +7:27 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, Bristol City 4.

90:00 +5:16

Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +5:16

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Bristol City).

90:00 +4:50

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

90:00 +4:50

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

90:00 +0:44

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

90:00 +0:44

Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:52

Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:52

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Bristol City).

87:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Harewood replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

84:53

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

84:53

Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:12

Prince Buaben (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:12

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Bristol City).

83:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 2, Bristol City 4. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan following a fast break.

82:20

Prince Buaben (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:20

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

79:55

Hand ball by Ryan Taylor (Bristol City).

79:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 2, Bristol City 3. Liam Noble (Carlisle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

78:30

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:30

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

77:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Joe Bryan replaces Bobby Reid.

77:00

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:59

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

73:02

Attempt missed. Matty Robson (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

72:14

Prince Buaben (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:14

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

71:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 1, Bristol City 3. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

70:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Prince Buaben replaces Brad Potts.

65:27

Foul by Matty Robson (Carlisle United).

65:27

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:29

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:29

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

64:00

Ryan Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:58

Foul by Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United).

63:19

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

62:48 Booking

Booking Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

62:42

Foul by Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United).

62:42

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. David Symington replaces James Berrett.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Lee Miller replaces Lewis Guy.

57:24 Booking

Booking Conor Townsend (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

57:19

Foul by Conor Townsend (Carlisle United).

57:19

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 1, Bristol City 2. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Bobby Reid following a fast break.

50:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 1, Bristol City 1. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Brendan Moloney with a cross.

49:11

Foul by Lewis Guy (Carlisle United).

49:11

Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:53

Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:53

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

45:00

Second Half begins Carlisle United 1, Bristol City 0.

45:00 +3:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Carlisle United 1, Bristol City 0.

45:00 +1:41

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

45:00 +0:52 Booking

Booking Brad Potts (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:40

Foul by Brad Potts (Carlisle United).

45:00 +0:40

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:18

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:18

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

42:10

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

40:17

Attempt missed. Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

39:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Aden Flint replaces Lewis Dunk because of an injury.

34:46

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

33:37

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Brad Potts.

33:25

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:39

Foul by Matty Robson (Carlisle United).

31:39

Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:34

Foul by David Amoo (Carlisle United).

27:34

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:56

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

25:20

James Berrett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:20

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Bristol City).

23:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Carlisle United 1, Bristol City 0. Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Berrett with a cross following a corner.

23:35

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

23:00

Conor Townsend (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:59

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

20:44

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

20:44

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:43

Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

11:22

Attempt saved. Lewis Guy (Carlisle United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

10:53

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

10:10

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

9:43

Liam Noble (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:43

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

7:57

Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

7:22

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Sean O'Hanlon.

4:22

Attempt missed. Matty Robson (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

4:11

Attempt blocked. James Berrett (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:24

Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:24

Foul by Derrick Williams (Bristol City).

2:06

Conor Townsend (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:06

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

1:26

Attempt saved. Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:09

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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