Sam Baldock took advantage of some terrible defending to grab a late winner for Bristol City and ensure Notts County slipped into the League One relegation zone.

City led when Baldock netted his 24th goal of the season from close range.

But Notts deservedly drew level when Alan Sheehan's corner was powerfully headed home by Haydn Hollis.

The visitors dominated the second half and missed several chances but Baldock's composed finish won it.

Baldock made the most of a poor Hollis header and then got the better of away goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to score into an empty net.

Notts are now three points from safety while Bristol City are nine points clear of the drop zone.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"Deep down, I thought we were safe after last week [after Walsall win].

"I don't know if it was a game we deserved to win but we're not going to make any apologies for it.

"There's been many a game since I've been here that we've really deserved to win and we haven't.

"It's a good three points and hopefully that nudges us further up the table."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Bristol City

  • 30 Moore
  • 03 Williams
  • 17 Cunningham Booked (Moloney - 45' )
  • 08 Elliott
  • 35 Osborne
  • 36 Nosworthy
  • 11 Wagstaff
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas (Barnett - 81' )
  • 24 Paterson (Burns - 64' )
  • 09 Baldock
  • 21 Pack Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Moloney
  • 07 Kelly
  • 14 Reid
  • 19 Pearson
  • 23 Barnett
  • 27 Burns
  • 32 Richards

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 21 Thompson
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 04 Liddle
  • 26 Hollis Booked
  • 12 Mullins
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 07 Grealish
  • 19 Murray
  • 16 Spencer
  • 24 Vela (McGregor - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 08 McGregor
  • 17 Waite
  • 23 Speiss
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 29 Roberts
  • 39 Tyson
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 13,427

Match Stats

Shots

10 17

On target

5 6

Corners

5 8

Fouls

19 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol City 2, Notts County 1.

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Notts County 1.

90:00 +2:59

Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

90:00 +0:45

Attempt missed. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

89:47

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

88:27

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

88:27

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 2, Notts County 1. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

83:50

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:50

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

82:13

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Hayden Mullins.

80:54

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:54

Foul by Sam Baldock (Bristol City).

80:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Tyrone Barnett replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

79:45

Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

79:13

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:13

Foul by Brendan Moloney (Bristol City).

76:57

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

75:44

Foul by Ronan Murray (Notts County).

75:44

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

74:00

Attempt missed. Gary Liddle (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

70:08

Attempt blocked. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:19

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:19

Foul by Wes Burns (Bristol City).

68:55

Attempt blocked. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

67:33

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Alan Sheehan.

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Callum McGregor replaces Joshua Vela.

65:21

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

65:21

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

63:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Martin Paterson.

62:55

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

62:47

Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:29

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

60:00

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:57

Foul by Brendan Moloney (Bristol City).

58:52

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Simon Moore.

58:31

Attempt saved. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:43

Foul by Sam Baldock (Bristol City).

54:43

Curtis Thompson (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:14

Attempt missed. James Spencer (Notts County) header from very close range is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

53:17

Foul by Derrick Williams (Bristol City).

53:17

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:53

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

50:20

Nyron Nosworthy (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:20

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

49:42

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jack Grealish.

49:02

Nyron Nosworthy (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:02

Foul by James Spencer (Notts County).

46:06 Booking

Booking Haydn Hollis (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

46:01

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

46:01

Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol City 1, Notts County 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Brendan Moloney replaces Greg Cunningham.

45:00 +3:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol City 1, Notts County 1.

45:00 +2:07

Delay in match Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) because of an injury.

45:00 +0:30 Booking

Booking Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:26

Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:26

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

43:38

Attempt saved. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

41:12

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

41:12

Martin Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:53

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Joshua Vela.

39:26

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

39:11

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:51

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:51

Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Bristol City).

36:38 Booking

Booking Marlon Pack (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

36:33

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:33

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

31:45

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Notts County).

31:45

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

28:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 1, Notts County 1. Haydn Hollis (Notts County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Sheehan following a corner.

28:42

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Simon Moore.

28:22

Attempt saved. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

26:19

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

26:02

Attempt saved. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

25:00

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:58

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

22:58

Attempt saved. Derrick Williams (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

20:33

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

20:33

James Spencer (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:28

Attempt blocked. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

16:03

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:03

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

15:05

Attempt saved. Gary Liddle (Notts County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

14:48

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

14:48

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:48

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

13:48

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol City 1, Notts County 0. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Martin Paterson.

10:51

Foul by Hayden Mullins (Notts County).

10:51

Martin Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:27

Attempt blocked. James Spencer (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

8:59

Attempt blocked. Curtis Thompson (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:14

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

6:35

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

5:18

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

4:57

Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

4:30

Haydn Hollis (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:30

Foul by Martin Paterson (Bristol City).

3:25

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

2:48

Foul by Haydn Hollis (Notts County).

2:48

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

2:27

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Wade Elliott.

1:44

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:44

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

0:16

Foul by Martin Paterson (Bristol City).

0:16

Alan Sheehan (Notts County) 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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