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Carlisle United 2-4 Bristol City

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

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.

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.

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Post-match: City's Emmanuel-Thomas

"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."

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Gillespie
  • 16PottsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBuabenat 71'minutes
  • 2TownsendBooked at 58mins
  • 12Thirlwell
  • 23O'Hanlon
  • 39ChimbondaBooked at 63mins
  • 8Noble
  • 21BerrettSubstituted forSymingtonat 61'minutes
  • 29GuySubstituted forMillerat 60'minutes
  • 7Amoo
  • 3Robson

Substitutes

  • 5Livesey
  • 6Buaben
  • 9Miller
  • 14Gillies
  • 19Symington
  • 20Fleming
  • 22Eccleston

Bristol City

  • 13Parish
  • 2Moloney
  • 22Shorey
  • 14ReidSubstituted forBryanat 78'minutes
  • 30DunkSubstituted forFlintat 40'minutes
  • 3Williams
  • 21Pack
  • 25Elliott
  • 18Taylor
  • 10Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forHarewoodat 88'minutes
  • 11Wagstaff

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Flint
  • 9Baldock
  • 15Bryan
  • 17Cunningham
  • 23Harewood
  • 28McLaughlin
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
4,672

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 2, Bristol City 4.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Bristol City).

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

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

Foul by Lee Miller (Carlisle United).

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

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

Foul by Marlon Harewood (Bristol City).

Substitution

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

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

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

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

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Bristol City).

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.

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

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

Hand ball by Ryan Taylor (Bristol City).

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.

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

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Joe Bryan replaces Bobby Reid.

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

Foul by Sean O'Hanlon (Carlisle United).

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.

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

Foul by Bobby Reid (Bristol City).

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Prince Buaben replaces Brad Potts.

Foul by Matty Robson (Carlisle United).

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

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

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

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

Foul by Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United).

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

goal

As It Stood

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2Wolves1310212581732
3Peterborough1410222491532
4Preston147522215726
5Brentford147341917224
6Bradford1464424141022
7Walsall146441714322
8Swindon146262418620
9Port Vale146261919020
10Rotherham145541920-120
11MK Dons145452320319
12Crawley135441819-119
13Coventry148333122917
14Colchester143741318-516
15Carlisle134361324-1115
16Oldham134271619-314
17Stevenage144281521-614
18Shrewsbury142751316-313
19Gillingham143381724-712
20Sheff Utd143381321-812
21Tranmere143381428-1412
22Crewe143381231-1912
23Bristol City131662026-69
24Notts County1321101424-107
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