Louis Carey became Bristol City's record appearance maker as the Robins trounced fellow strugglers Stevenage.

The hosts were 2-0 up after 12 minutes, through Greg Cunningham's header and Sam Baldock's tap-in.

Baldock turned provider when he teed up Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to slot home, and the ex-Ipswich forward got his second with a brilliant solo effort.

Francois Zoko smashed in a consolation, before Carey came on for a record 646th Bristol City appearance.

Carey, playing for only the fourth time this season, replaced midfielder Simon Gillett to captain the side for the final three minutes and in the process surpassed John Atyeo's previous club record.

The 36-year-old, who was cheered with his every touch of the ball, made his Robins debut in a 1-0 defeat by Blackpool in 1996.

City remain 21st despite recording back-to-back victories for the first time since January, while Stevenage drop a place to 23rd after Crewe's surprise win at Colchester.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I saw a game today where the team showed a lot of fight, a lot of care, we had a lot of good possession, we took our game forward and created a lot of good moments. The scoreline could have been very different on a different day.

"They've scored four from their 10 attempts and we've scored one from our 19. I think the attempts on goal is a fair reflection of the afternoon.

"Obviously football is about scoring goals, but I was comfortable with the work ethic, and the care and desire of the team today."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol City

  • 13 Parish
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 11 Wagstaff (Moloney - 74' )
  • 35 Osborne
  • 05 Flint
  • 03 Williams Booked
  • 14 Reid Booked
  • 34 Gillett (Carey - 87' )
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 09 Baldock (Burns - 85' )
  • 25 Elliott Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 02 Moloney
  • 06 Carey
  • 15 Bryan
  • 16 Wynter
  • 18 Taylor
  • 27 Burns

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 22 Gray
  • 34 Deacon
  • 20 Smith (Akins - 54' )
  • 06 Jones
  • 05 Ashton
  • 02 Wedgbury Booked (Heslop - 82' )
  • 17 Tansey (Doughty - 70' Booked )
  • 10 Burrow
  • 12 Zoko
  • 15 Freeman

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 04 Chorley
  • 11 Akins
  • 14 Heslop
  • 19 Haber
  • 24 Doughty
  • 25 Andrade
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 12,038

Match Stats

Shots

10 20

On target

4 8

Corners

2 11

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol City 4, Stevenage 1.

90:00 +6:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol City 4, Stevenage 1.

90:00 +4:23

Attempt saved. Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +4:08

Attempt blocked. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:47

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

90:00 +2:20

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

90:00 +2:09

Attempt blocked. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:58

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

90:00 +1:41

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Aden Flint.

90:00 +1:33

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:32

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

88:30 Booking

Booking Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

88:04

Foul by Louis Carey (Bristol City).

88:04

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:35

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:35

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

86:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Louis Carey replaces Simon Gillett.

84:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Sam Baldock.

83:48 Booking

Booking Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

83:44

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:44

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

81:50

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

81:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Simon Heslop replaces Sam Wedgbury.

80:39 Booking

Booking Derrick Williams (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

80:32

Foul by Derrick Williams (Bristol City).

80:32

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:59

Attempt blocked. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:26

Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

78:04 Booking

Booking Bobby Reid (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

77:10 Booking

Booking Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

73:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Brendan Moloney replaces Scott Wagstaff.

73:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 4, Stevenage 1. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

71:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 4, Stevenage 0. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

69:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Doughty replaces Greg Tansey.

68:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 3, Stevenage 0. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

67:25

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

65:51

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

65:51

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:08

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:08

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

64:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:42

Delay in match David Gray (Stevenage) because of an injury.

61:08

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Aden Flint.

60:24

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

59:17

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:17

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

57:53

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

56:35

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

56:35

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

55:15

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

54:59

Attempt saved. Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Lucas Akins replaces Jimmy Smith.

49:55

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Roarie Deacon.

47:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:38

Delay in match Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) because of an injury.

45:23

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

45:23

Greg Tansey (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol City 2, Stevenage 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol City 2, Stevenage 0.

44:01

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

43:04

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

43:04

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

39:55

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

39:14

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

36:22

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

34:28

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

34:22

Attempt saved. Jon Ashton (Stevenage) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

33:59

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

33:45

Attempt blocked. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

31:33

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:33

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

27:53

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

18:27

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

17:49

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

17:49

Greg Tansey (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:58

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Simon Gillett.

14:44

Attempt blocked. Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

14:05

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

13:52

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

12:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 2, Stevenage 0. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

10:19

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Bobby Reid.

9:24

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

9:24

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:02

Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:02

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

8:16

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

8:16

Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:53

Attempt saved. Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

6:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 1, Stevenage 0. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Wagstaff.

4:10

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

2:56

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Francois Zoko.

2:41

Attempt blocked. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:08

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

2:08

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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