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Bristol City 4-1 Stevenage

Louis Carey

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:

Stevenage manager Graham Westley

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"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."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 13Parish
  • 17Cunningham
  • 11WagstaffSubstituted forMoloneyat 74'minutes
  • 35Osborne
  • 5Flint
  • 3WilliamsBooked at 81mins
  • 14ReidBooked at 79mins
  • 34GillettSubstituted forCareyat 87'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forBurnsat 85'minutes
  • 25ElliottBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Carey
  • 15Bryan
  • 16Wynter
  • 18Taylor
  • 27Burns

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Gray
  • 34Deacon
  • 20SmithSubstituted forAkinsat 54'minutes
  • 6Jones
  • 5Ashton
  • 2WedgburyBooked at 78minsSubstituted forHeslopat 82'minutes
  • 17TanseySubstituted forDoughtyat 70'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 10Burrow
  • 12Zoko
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 4Chorley
  • 11Akins
  • 14Heslop
  • 19Haber
  • 24Doughty
  • 25Andrade
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,038

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home10
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 4, Stevenage 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 4, Stevenage 1.

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

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Aden Flint.

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Louis Carey (Bristol City).

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

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

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Louis Carey replaces Simon Gillett.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Sam Baldock.

Booking

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Simon Heslop replaces Sam Wedgbury.

Booking

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

Foul by Derrick Williams (Bristol City).

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

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

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

Booking

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

Booking

Sam Wedgbury (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Brendan Moloney replaces Scott Wagstaff.

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.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Doughty replaces Greg Tansey.

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.

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

Foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City).

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

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

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2315441749
2Leyton Orient2314632548
3Wolves2314632148
4Preston2312831044
5Peterborough231238839
6Rotherham231085838
7Port Vale231139036
8Swindon231049934
9Walsall23977434
10Bradford237106931
11MK Dons22949431
12Coventry231166829
13Crawley23788-529
14Colchester23698-427
15Carlisle237610-1227
16Gillingham247512-1026
17Sheff Utd236710-725
18Oldham226610-524
19Shrewsbury235810-423
20Tranmere236512-1623
21Bristol City234109-322
22Crewe235612-2621
23Stevenage235414-2019
24Notts County245316-1118
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