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Bristol City 2-1 Gillingham

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:

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Steve Cotterill: Bristol City manager on Gillingham win

"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.

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Post match: Gillingham manager after 2-1 defeat to Bristol City

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."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Moloney
  • 3Williams
  • 34GillettBooked at 67mins
  • 5Flint
  • 18El-Abd
  • 8ElliottSubstituted forOsborneat 88'minutes
  • 19PearsonSubstituted forBurnsat 69'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9Baldock
  • 14ReidSubstituted forPackat 69'minutes

Substitutes

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

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 29Hewitt
  • 3J Martin
  • 4LinganziSubstituted forLeeat 45'minutes
  • 26Barrett
  • 6Legge
  • 12Gregory
  • 15DackBooked at 41minsSubstituted forPigottat 87'minutes
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 19SmithSubstituted forWestonat 55'minutes
  • 10McDonald

Substitutes

  • 5Davies
  • 11Weston
  • 18Lee
  • 27Fagan
  • 31Hessenthaler
  • 32Pigott
  • 35Baxter
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
11,422

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Gillingham 1.
Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Adam Barrett.
Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Gillingham) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Wes Burns (Bristol City).
Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sam Baldock (Bristol City).
Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Myles Weston (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Derrick Williams (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Karleigh Osborne replaces Wade Elliott.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Joe Pigott replaces Bradley Dack.
Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Gillingham 1. Simon Gillett (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Charlie Lee (Gillingham) because of an injury.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Sam Baldock.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3221743770
2Leyton Orient3421763570
3Brentford3220752367
4Preston34171341464
5Rotherham33171062161
6Peterborough3216412952
7Swindon3413813647
8Walsall33121110547
9MK Dons3413714246
10Port Vale3313416-843
11Bradford3391410441
12Sheff Utd3211813-441
13Crawley289118-338
14Oldham3410816-938
15Gillingham3411518-1438
16Coventry3113810337
17Carlisle3310716-1737
18Tranmere339915-1736
19Colchester3181112-435
20Bristol City3471413-735
21Crewe349817-2535
22Shrewsbury3271015-1231
23Stevenage329419-2031
24Notts County349322-1930
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