Simon Gillett scored a brilliant 83rd-minute winner to seal Bristol City a vital victory against Gillingham.

Sam Baldock broke the deadlock for the hosts after hammering a sweetly struck right-footed volley past Stuart Nelson from 15 yards.

Gillingham equalised when Charlie Lee blasted home from close range.

But late on Gillett, on loan from Nottingham Forest, unleashed a spectacular 25-yard shot that ripped into the top corner of the net.

The victory means Bristol City are now out of the relegation places but only on goal difference with Crewe also on 35 points.

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It could have been a lot better today. I thought we started the game really well. I think it's difficult when you're at home, but we've got a really passionate crowd behind us.

"I thought they started the game well and the team started well, of course when you get your nose in front, there's a little bit of worry that comes into things.

"Just before the end of the first half our passing had become a little bit untidy, and we gave possession away. We thought we had adjusted that, changed things at half-time and we were OK.

"But straight from kick-off, one of the lads fires it back to Steven Pearson. I don't know if he kicked it or it came out of a cannon, but either way it's come rifling back to him he then rifles it and it goes straight out of play.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was not good enough in the first half. We did get better second half, but you can't afford to start games like we started.

"To be fair, the players kept going. We got a good goal from Charlie (Lee), but then they scored a wonder goal.

"If our performance was better I'd have lived with that a little bit more, but the performance has to be better than that."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol City

  • 01 Fielding
  • 02 Moloney
  • 03 Williams
  • 34 Gillett Booked
  • 05 Flint
  • 18 El-Abd
  • 08 Elliott (Osborne - 88' )
  • 19 Pearson (Burns - 69' )
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 09 Baldock
  • 14 Reid (Pack - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Bryan
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 21 Pack
  • 23 Barnett
  • 27 Burns
  • 32 Richards
  • 35 Osborne

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 29 Hewitt
  • 03 Martin
  • 04 Linganzi (Lee - 45' )
  • 26 Barrett
  • 06 Legge
  • 12 Gregory
  • 15 Dack Booked (Pigott - 87' )
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 19 Smith (Weston - 55' )
  • 10 McDonald

Substitutes

  • 05 Davies
  • 11 Weston
  • 18 Lee
  • 27 Fagan
  • 31 Hessenthaler
  • 32 Pigott
  • 35 Baxter
Ref: Gary Sutton
Att: 11,422

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

4 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol City 2, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +4:46 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +4:22

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

90:00 +3:22

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

90:00 +2:06

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:47

Foul by Wes Burns (Bristol City).

90:00 +0:47

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:53

Foul by Sam Baldock (Bristol City).

89:53

Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:00

Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:59

Foul by Derrick Williams (Bristol City).

87:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Karleigh Osborne replaces Wade Elliott.

86:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Joe Pigott replaces Bradley Dack.

85:54

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

85:54

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

82:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 2, Gillingham 1. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

78:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:13

Delay in match Charlie Lee (Gillingham) because of an injury.

70:59

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Sam Baldock.

70:05

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

68:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Bobby Reid.

68:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Stephen Pearson.

67:33

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

67:33

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

66:19 Booking

Booking Simon Gillett (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

66:14

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

66:14

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 1, Gillingham 1. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

63:32

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Aden Flint.

62:29

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

60:47

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

54:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces Connor Smith.

52:14

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Steven Gregory.

51:41

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:41

Foul by Connor Smith (Gillingham).

51:21

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

51:21

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

50:13

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

49:55

Attempt saved. Connor Smith (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

48:58

Aden Flint (Bristol City) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

48:33

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Steven Gregory.

48:04

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

48:04

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol City 1, Gillingham 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Amine Linganzi.

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol City 1, Gillingham 0.

40:53 Booking

Booking Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

40:48

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

40:48

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

39:50

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

39:50

Foul by Steven Gregory (Gillingham).

38:33

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Bristol City).

38:33

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:51

Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:51

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

35:33

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Bristol City).

35:33

Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:46

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

32:46

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

30:13

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

30:13

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Gillingham).

26:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 1, Gillingham 0. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Wade Elliott.

25:34

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Bobby Reid.

23:22

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Bristol City).

23:22

Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:07

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Martin.

18:36

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

18:36

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

16:23

Attempt saved. Stephen Pearson (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:57

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Leon Legge.

14:52

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

14:02

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Leon Legge.

11:15

Simon Gillett (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:15

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

9:37

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:45

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joe Martin.

4:05

Attempt blocked. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

3:29

Attempt missed. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

1:59

Attempt blocked. Connor Smith (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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