League One
Bristol City5Port Vale0

Bristol City 5-0 Port Vale

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas celebrates scoring for Bristol City

In-form Bristol City thrashed Port Vale to move seven points clear of danger in League One.

Steve Cotterill's men found themselves 4-0 up at half-time, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scoring either side of goals from Sam Baldock and Nyron Nosworthy.

Vale's night went from bad to worse when Carl Dickinson received two quick yellow cards.

And Baldock completed the emphatic win by latching on to Wade Elliott's pass to fire in his 22nd goal of the season.

The victory moved City up to 13th in the table - their highest position since August - and they are now unbeaten in six games.

Emmanuel-Thomas opened the goal rush with a low drive in the 16th minute, before curling a glorious shot past keeper Sam Johnson on the stroke of half-time.

After his first goal, the former Arsenal forward provided the long throw that led to loanee Nosworthy heading home.

Baldock fired in the third after poor Vale defending and coolly slotted past Johnson in the second half to complete the rout.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol City's Cotterill

"We know we are always going to score goals but a clean sheet is pleasing for the back three and Frank Fielding.

"I'm really pleased for the boys because this has been coming for a while.

"They're a good bunch of players with a good spirit amongst them.

"There's two spirals in football: one up and one down, there's nothing in between. Hopefully we're on the up."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 17Cunningham
  • 11WagstaffSubstituted forBurnsat 82'minutes
  • 36Nosworthy
  • 35Osborne
  • 3Williams
  • 21PackSubstituted forKellyat 78'minutes
  • 8ElliottBooked at 90mins
  • 24PatersonSubstituted forBarnettat 78'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 2Moloney
  • 7Kelly
  • 19Pearson
  • 23Barnett
  • 27Burns
  • 32Richards
  • 34Gillett

Port Vale

  • 12Johnson
  • 2YatesSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
  • 5DickinsonBooked at 68mins
  • 21GriffithSubstituted forTomlinat 45'minutes
  • 20GrimmerBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRobertsonat 45'minutes
  • 24Duffy
  • 9Myrie-Williams
  • 28Knott
  • 19Williamson
  • 11Pope
  • 7Loft

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 4Robertson
  • 8Dodds
  • 10Tomlin
  • 26Birchall
  • 34Boot
  • 39Hugill
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
10,940

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 5, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 5, Port Vale 0.

Booking

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

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Williamson (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City).

Ben Williamson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Bristol City).

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wes Burns replaces Scott Wagstaff.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Liam Kelly replaces Marlon Pack.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Tyrone Barnett replaces Martin Paterson.

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

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 5, Port Vale 0. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wade Elliott.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

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

Foul by Daniel Jones (Port Vale).

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

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

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

Booking

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Karleigh Osborne.

Foul by Wade Elliott (Bristol City).

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Billy Knott (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Doug Loft.

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3825854683
2Brentford3724762779
3Leyton Orient39221073676
4Rotherham38201262772
5Preston39191551772
6Peterborough3818416758
7MK Dons3916716355
8Swindon3915915454
9Walsall39131412353
10Sheff Utd3714914-151
11Port Vale3815518-1350
12Gillingham3914619-1248
13Bristol City39101613046
14Crawley35111311-546
15Bradford38101513145
16Colchester38101315-743
17Oldham39111018-1243
18Coventry37141013-142
19Crewe39101019-2740
20Tranmere3810919-2239
21Carlisle3810919-2239
22Shrewsbury3981417-1338
23Notts County3911424-1737
24Stevenage3710720-1937
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