League One
Wolves3Bristol City1

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Bristol City

Nouha Dicko celebrates

Wolves closed the gap on League One's automatic promotion places to two points with victory over Bristol City.

Nouha Dicko fired Wolves ahead with an angled left-foot shot but City levelled with Sam Baldock's penalty after James Henry pulled down Greg Cunningham.

The hosts were back in front when Dicko's cross-shot deflected in off visiting defender Derrick Williams.

And substitute Bakary Sako settled it with a fierce low left-footed first-time drive from 20 yards.

Victory means third-placed Wolves now trail leaders Brentford by four points and are two behind Leyton Orient, while Steve Cotterill's City side are second from bottom, three points from safety.

A minute's applause was held before the game to celebrate the career of Wolves legend and former England goalkeeper Bert Williams, who died on Sunday.

Bristol City began brightly and Bobby Reid forced an early save out of home keeper Aaron McCarey before Dicko, who had a spell on loan at Wolves last season before joining permanently from Wigan earlier this month, burst on to Lee Evans's pass and drilled powerfully past Elliot Parish.

Baldock's penalty deservedly levelled matters but the pace on Dicko's cross was too much for Williams, who could only turn the ball past his own keeper as Wolves went back in front just before half-time.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas forced a full-length save from McCarey and fired a long-range free-kick narrowly wide as Bristol City searched for an equaliser before Sako fired in from another Evans pass.

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Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol City's Cotterill

"There was nothing wrong with where we were and what we were doing, it was our selection.

"As disappointing as it is, we will continue to play like that. We've played that from the minute I came in the door and we will not change.

"They know that would be the disappointment of today and we will work to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 31McCarey
  • 18Ricketts
  • 26GolbourneBooked at 45mins
  • 11McDonald
  • 5Stearman
  • 6BatthSubstituted forElokobiat 90+1'minutes
  • 7HenrySubstituted forSakoat 68'minutes
  • 19Price
  • 40Dicko
  • 14Evans
  • 27Jacobs

Substitutes

  • 1Hennessey
  • 3Elokobi
  • 9Griffiths
  • 10Sako
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Doyle

Bristol City

  • 13Parish
  • 35OsborneSubstituted forBurnsat 77'minutes
  • 17CunninghamBooked at 41mins
  • 3Williams
  • 5Flint
  • 18El-Abd
  • 25Elliott
  • 34GillettBooked at 83minsSubstituted forPackat 88'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9Baldock
  • 14ReidSubstituted forBarnettat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Moloney
  • 4Fontaine
  • 15Bryan
  • 21Pack
  • 23Barnett
  • 27Burns
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
18,501

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Bristol City 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. George Elokobi replaces Danny Batth because of an injury.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Simon Gillett.

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

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

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Simon Gillett (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Tyrone Barnett replaces Bobby Reid.

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Karleigh Osborne.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 3, Bristol City 1. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Evans.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt saved. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bakary Sako replaces James Henry.

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

Attempt blocked. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bristol City 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bristol City 1.

Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

Booking

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Bristol City 1. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2718542259
2Leyton Orient2617633257
3Wolves2716742455
4Preston261394948
5Rotherham2712961145
6Walsall2812971045
7Peterborough2814311845
8Swindon2712411840
9Port Vale2612311-239
10MK Dons2610610336
11Coventry2612861034
12Colchester268108134
13Bradford267127633
14Gillingham289514-1132
15Crawley257108-531
16Oldham278613-630
17Tranmere277713-1828
18Notts County298318-1127
19Carlisle267613-1927
20Crewe287615-2727
21Sheff Utd266812-926
22Shrewsbury286814-1126
23Bristol City2641210-524
24Stevenage266416-2022
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