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Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Callum O'Dowda scores Bristol City's fourth goal against Crystal Palace
Callum O'Dowda's goal was Bristol City's 14th in four ties in this season's Carabao Cup

Roy Hodgson admitted his Crystal Palace team "capitulated" as Championship side Bristol City knocked a third Premier League club out of this season's Carabao Cup to reach the quarter-finals.

Palace, bottom of the table, had taken the lead at Ashton Gate through Bakary Sako's low finish following Ruben Loftus-Cheek's clever pass.

But two goals in five minutes before half-time turned the tie on its head, as an awful mistake by Patrick van Aanholt let in Matty Taylor to equalise before substitute Milan Djuric pounced after a long throw by Iceland defender Hordur Magnusson.

Defender Joe Bryan's unstoppable shot made it 3-1 before Callum O'Dowda completed Palace's misery from outside the area.

"We contrived to give away goals at important times, and in the end we are on the back of a heavy defeat," said Hodgson.

"For the first 45 minutes we had arguably the better of the game.

"I am very disappointed for the fans who came all this way, and I am disappointed by the way we capitulated."

City, seventh in English football's second tier, are three games away from the Wembley final on 25 February.

Lee Johnson's team had overcome top-flight sides Watford and Stoke City to reach this stage and they embarrassed Hodgson's Palace on their way to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1989.

Bristol City are in the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1989

Hodgson, who managed City between January and April 1982, made nine changes to the side that started last Saturday's 1-0 league defeat at Newcastle.

His fringe players were overrun despite taking the lead with their first away goal since 23 April.

"I took a risk - I take responsibility for that," said the former England manager.

"It was an opportunity for them to knock on the door of the first team and threaten the places of the team I have played in the last two games.

"I am bitterly disappointed that didn't work out because there were very few performances that made me think I was picking the wrong team."

This was Palace's fifth defeat in seven games since Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer on 12 September.

The Eagles have conceded 16 times in those seven games.

Crystal Palace have lost five out of seven since Roy Hodgson took charge in September

On a memorable night for the hosts, Bristol City took their tally to 14 goals in four ties in this season's League Cup despite making five changes of their own.

They will discover their quarter-final opponents when the draw is made on Thursday at 16:00 BST.

Hordur Magnusson tweet
Bristol City's Icelandic defender Hordur Magnusson couldn't resist referencing his country's win over Roy Hodgson's England at Euro 2016


Bristol City

  • 15Steele
  • 2PisanoSubstituted forPatersonat 65'minutes
  • 4Flint
  • 5Wright
  • 23Magnusson
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 21Pack
  • 8Brownhill
  • 3Bryan
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forDjuricat 31'minutesSubstituted forBakinsonat 80'minutes
  • 10Taylor


  • 1Fielding
  • 19Eliasson
  • 20Paterson
  • 22Djuric
  • 25Kelly
  • 26Vyner
  • 30Bakinson

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 34Kelly
  • 5Tomkins
  • 3van AanholtSubstituted forLumekaat 83'minutes
  • 42Puncheon
  • 44Riedewald
  • 14LeeSubstituted forLadapoat 57'minutes
  • 8Loftus-Cheek
  • 25KaikaiSubstituted forSouaréat 64'minutes
  • 26Sako


  • 19Ladapo
  • 22Mutch
  • 23Souaré
  • 27Delaney
  • 30Henry
  • 32Lumeka
  • 35Phillips
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Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamCrystal Palace
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 4, Crystal Palace 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 4, Crystal Palace 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Freddie Ladapo (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bakary Sako.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Luke Steele.

  6. Post update

    Freddie Ladapo (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tyreeq Bakinson (Bristol City).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Freddie Ladapo (Crystal Palace).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Levi Lumeka replaces Patrick van Aanholt.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

  13. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Tyreeq Bakinson replaces Milan Djuric.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Freddie Ladapo (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jairo Riedewald.

  16. Post update

    James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Milan Djuric (Bristol City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Freddie Ladapo.


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