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13th April 2003 21:39

From Sport First:

Hat-trick for super Scott

Bristol City's exhilarating win did nothing to dampen Danny Wilson's anger at referee Paul Taylor.

The Herts official booked midfielder Tommy Doherty for an aerial challenge after only four minutes and was threatening to send him off when Wilson wisely substituted his captain 19 minutes later.

The City boss insisted: “It was a harsh caution and means Tommy will miss our last two games through suspension. That is bad enough. But it was one of numerous poor decisions.”

Scott Murray's hat-trick punished Mansfield's leaky defence and left the Scottish winger on 25 goals for the season, more than double his best previous tally. In contrast, Mansfield are now staring at relegation and player-manager Keith Curle, a former City player, said: “The players will be in at 8.30 in the morning. I can't wait until Monday to say the things that need to be said.”

Lee Peacock and then Murray put City 2-0 up, before Craig Disley produced a fine solo run to give Mansfield hope after 36 minutes, but it was 3-1 six minutes after the break as Murray broke clear to shoot his second.

Tony Butler's headed own-goal 10 minutes later kept Mansfield in the hunt before they were killed off by a 70th-minute shot from Lewis Carey. Murray rounded things off nine minutes from time.
Transcribed by Carole


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