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Bristol City 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Aden Flint
Aden Flint headed in his fourth goal for Bristol City

Second-half goals from Aden Flint and Greg Cunningham earned Bristol City victory over Scunthorpe United and took them second in the League One table.

Gary McSheffrey went close for the struggling visitors early on with a thumping strike that hit the far post.

But the Robins took the lead when Flint nodded Luke Freeman's corner back across goal and into the net.

The points were wrapped up when Cunningham ran on to Korey Smith's pass and drilled the ball in from the left.

Scunthorpe, who have now lost four of their six league games, drop to third from bottom.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I thought that they were going to be a tough nut to crack, they came here with a few injuries and ended up having two full-backs to try stop Mark Little.

"They ended up with a back six - the back four defended within the 18 yard box, plus the two wide men.

"It wasn't about going around them, we actually needed to go through the middle of them which we did for the corner that got the goal.

"We are pleased that in the second half our performance was upped a lot, but in the first half we needed to think about that situation because we may get that a few more times."

Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"First and foremost I've got to say Bristol City are a top, top team and I think they showed that in patches today but I think we showed what we're about.

"We just needed that first goal and we've just got to be a bit more ruthless in both boxes.

"It's been a long four weeks to be honest. There's players out there for us who have played nine games in four weeks and I've moaned about the schedule and I think it showed today in the last fifteen minutes."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 4Flint
  • 22Ayling
  • 23BryanSubstituted forCunninghamat 82'minutes
  • 15Freeman
  • 7Smith
  • 8Elliott
  • 2Little
  • 18WilbrahamSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 85'minutes
  • 19AgardSubstituted forWagstaffat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 21Pack

Scunthorpe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Olejnik
  • 3Dawson
  • 6Canavan
  • 32LleraBooked at 30mins
  • 2Nolan
  • 30Williams
  • 12Bishop
  • 4McAllisterSubstituted forKeeat 82'minutes
  • 16AdelakunSubstituted forMyrie-Williamsat 72'minutes
  • 9MaddenSubstituted forTaylorat 72'minutes
  • 28McSheffrey

Substitutes

  • 7Sparrow
  • 11Myrie-Williams
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 19Taylor
  • 21Weaver
  • 25Boyce
  • 27Kee
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
12,007

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home16
Away7
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 2, Scunthorpe United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Scunthorpe United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Lyle Taylor.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Miguel Angel Llera.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 2, Scunthorpe United 0. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Kieran Agard.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Joe Bryan.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Billy Kee replaces Sean McAllister.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Scunthorpe United).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Miguel Angel Llera.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Miguel Angel Llera.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.