Banner image

Smith And Matthews Make Comeback

Korey Smith made a goalscoring return for City in a behind-closed-doors 6-0 victory over Cheltenham Town this afternoon.

The midfielder, who last appeared for the first team against Fleetwood Town at the start of January, signalled his recovery from a hamstring injury with the first goal of the rout.

Smith and Adam Matthews both completed 45 minutes in the fixture, before being substituted at half-time as planned.

Smith’s only two first-team goals came against Cheltenham in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2014 and he kept up the tradition by heading in Callum O’Dowda’s cross after three minutes.

It was two soon after when Hordur Magnusson headed in unmarked from Bobby Reid’s corner kick.

Reid turned goalscorer on 15 minutes after being picked out by the ever-dangerous Jamie Paterson, who had launched a counter down the left flank. Reid took one touch on the edge of the box before drilling a low shot inside the far post.

City were 4-0 up by the interval as Paterson was again the provider, slicing the Cheltenham defence apart with a through ball for O’Dowda to run clear and slot home.

Aaron Wilbraham scored the fifth goal after the break, tapping in after substitute Jonny Smith’s shot had been parried out by the keeper.

Gustav Engvall hobbled off on 80 minutes with an ankle injury and his replacement Kel Akpobire completed the scoring two minutes from the end.

Head coach Lee Johnson said: “It was always the plan to give Korey and Adam 45-minute run outs. I think Saturday (at Derby) will come too soon for them, but we’ve got six games in 15 days coming up, so we need as many players available as possible.”

City: Fielding, Matthews (Harris 46), Vyner, Magnusson, Nurse, O’Dowda, Reid, Smith (Morton 46), Paterson (J.Smith 46), Wilbraham (Bascombe 60), Engvall (Akpobire 80).

 

Related News

Djuric Delghted With Maiden Goal

Djuric Delghted With Maiden Goal

Posted: Monday, February 6th 2017

New Date For Fulham Clash

New Date For Fulham Clash

Posted: Monday, February 6th 2017

Johnson's Pride As City Return To Winning Ways

Johnson's Pride As City Return To Winning Ways

Posted: Saturday, February 4th 2017

Report: Bristol City 1-0 Rotherham United

Report: Bristol City 1-0 Rotherham United

Posted: Saturday, February 4th 2017

Latest News

✍️ Naismith is a Red

✍️ Naismith is a Red

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

🎥 'I'm looking forward to getting started' - Naismith

🎥 'I'm looking forward to getting started' - Naismith

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

📸 Gallery: Naismiths' signing day

📸 Gallery: Naismiths' signing day

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

🗓  Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

🗓 Season Ticket price increases after June 1st

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022

Also from Bristol Sport

More than 9,000 Season Tickets sold
Rugby icon

More than 9,000 Season Tickets sold

Season Tickets for the 2022/23 campaign are selling at a record pace, with more than 9,000 supporters already committed.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Trevett named in England U18 squad for South Africa tour
Rugby icon

Trevett named in England U18 squad for South Africa tour

Academy U18 prop Louie Trevett has been named in the England U18 squad for the summer tour to South Africa.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Omar Mouneimne leaves by mutual consent
Rugby icon

Omar Mouneimne leaves by mutual consent

Omar Mouneimne has left Bristol Bears by mutual consent, the club can confirm.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Charles Piutau named in Tonga squad for Pacific Nations Cup
Rugby icon

Charles Piutau named in Tonga squad for Pacific Nations Cup

Charles Piutau has been named in the Tonga squad to compete in July’s Pacific Nations Cup and World Cup qualifier.

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2022 • Rugby

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend
Basketball icon

Join us for the Matthew Bromley Memorial Games this weekend

The Matthew Bromley memorial basketball games will take place from 4pm on Saturday, May 28th at the SGS College Arena.

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th 2022 • Basketball