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On this day: Bristol City 2-1 Hartlepool United (play-off s/f 2nd leg)

Of his 26 goals for City, Christian Roberts may well always be remembered for his 90th minute strike to send the Robins into the 2004 League One play-off final.

Hartlepool were minutes away from booking their place in the final showdown at the Millennium Stadium but Danny Wilson’s men had other ideas, leaving it late to spark celebratory scenes at Ashton Gate.

Hartlepool were 1-0 up through Antony Sweeney’s header on 63 minutes, a goal which put them 2-1 up on aggregate following the 1-1 draw back at Victoria Park.

But the Robins poured forward with time running out and they got their rewards. Substitute Marc Goodfellow drew the hosts level with a header of his own, meeting a Roberts cross in the 88th minute, and just two minutes later, Roberts was on the scoresheet himself.

His winner in the 5-4 game away to Mansfield one season prior will live long in the memory but this strike at Ashton Gate came when the stakes were at their highest. He broke through the opposition defence, cutting the ball inside to avoid a last-ditch tackle before firing the ball low into the goal.

City v Hartlepool: Phillips, Carey, Butler (Lita 82), Coles, Hill, Rougier, Doherty, Tinnion, Woodman (Goodfellow 73), Peacock (Murray 31), Roberts.
Subs Not Used: Stowell, Wilkshire.

It was a goal to secure City their spot in the final against Brighton, though the Seagulls would hold out for a 1-0 win on the day to get promotion to the Championship.

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