Bristol City 5-0 Port Vale

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."

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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