Live: Bristol City v Middlesbrough
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In the penultimate part of the memorable 2014/15 campaign retold, City continue their push towards promotion and a trip to Wembley.
The month of March started with three away games in a row in which City recorded the maximum nine points.
The first came away to Leyton Orient in a 3-1 score thanks to goals from Luke Freeman, Aden Flint and Aaron Wilbraham all after Chris Dagnall had put the hosts into an early lead.
Next up were Crawley Town and just as he was in the reverse fixture at Ashton Gate back in December, Luke Ayling was the hero with a dramatic goal in the closing stages to finally see off the relegation-threatened Red Devils.
Aden Flint’s fourth goal in his last six games set City on their way early in the second half after a first period best described as a difficult watch.
But Anthony Wordsworth dispatched a fine equaliser on the half-volley totally against the run of play to haul a physical home team level 12 minutes later.
A trip to Yeovil Town followed where the Robins were unchanged in their pursuit for a third straight victory on the road.
And they did just that in an evening which saw City move 13 points clear at the top of Sky Bet League One.
Kieran Agard and Freeman struck in quick succession at the start of the second half before George Saville added gloss to the scoreline with a well-taken third goal four minutes from time.
City returned to Ashton Gate in a goalless draw with Gillingham, in the fifth meeting between these two teams in all competitions this season.
But it was a different story when a dominant Bristol City display was rewarded with a comfortable return to winning ways against Crewe Alexandra at Ashton Gate.
The Sky Bet League One leaders were never tested from start to finish, scoring twice in the space of 11 first-half minutes to pave the way for a 45-minute precession after the break.
Wilbraham and Flint did the damage before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas sauntered through a sea of bodies to score a quite brilliant solo goal six minutes from time.
Forty-thousand Bristolians witnessed City create history by becoming the first club to lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for a third time.
City looked the brighter team from kick-off and played with energy. Little and Joe Bryan typically clocked up the miles down the flanks and Agard stretched the Walsall back four at every opportunity.
Freeman has been the division’s most potent provider and was keen to put goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell under pressure from the start with a couple of corners swinging in just under the crossbar.
After all the excitement of the day out at Wembley and another trophy added to the cabinet, City returned to league action where they were held to a 2-2 draw with Lee Johnson's Barnsley.
Marlon Pack’s 13th minute penalty looked to have set City on their way for a comfortable day’s work, but Jabo Ibehre struck a timely equaliser just before the interval to give the Tykes a foothold in the contest.
Josh Scowen silenced Ashton Gate by putting the visitors in front eight minutes into the second period, but late City pressure was rewarded when Bryan’s low shot crept just inside the far post to ensure a share of the spoils and a second 2-2 draw with the South Yorkshire outfit this season.
Now only seven fixtures remained until the end of the season...
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