FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Bristol City 0-1 West Ham United

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Bristol City 0-1 West Ham highlights
  • Bristol City beaten by late Sakho strike
  • West Ham in fifth round for first time since 2011
  • City striker Smith has two headers cleared off line
  • League One side have not reached fifth round in 21 years

Diafra Sakho headed a late winner as West Ham withstood a frantic start from Bristol City to book their place in the FA Cup fifth round.

The League One side dominated the opening exchanges at a sell-out Ashton Gate and striker Matt Smith twice had headers cleared off the line.

But West Ham kept their composure and Sakho headed in Andy Carroll's tempting cross nine minutes from the end.

Sakho, who came on as a 56th minute substitute, also hit the crossbar.

Bristol City went into the contest in imperious form, on the back of four straight wins and with just one defeat in their last 12 outings.

Much of the Robins' success in League One this season has been built on a strong defence.

Match of the Day 2 analyst Phil Neville
"Looking at the results and big teams going out if I was West Ham I'd be going hell for leather to win this.
"Two games from a Wembley semi then you look to the final. If I was West Ham I'd be going for it."

They have conceded just 22 goals in 25 league games and sit joint-top alongside Swindon.

And Steve Cotterill's team began in confident fashion, with the pace of Luke Freeman and the height and physical presence of forward Smith causing the Hammers problems.

Twice Smith had headers cleared off the line, first by Mark Noble before Andy Carroll came to West Ham's rescue with a superb clearance after keeper Adrian was again beaten by Smith. Carroll had his arm raised but television replays showed he used his head to clear the ball.

Bristol City v West Ham
Diafra Sakho's header was his 10th goal of the season

The Hammers, who are seventh in the Premier League and unbeaten since the turn of the year, improved markedly after the break, especially after the introduction of Sakho and fellow substitute Morgan Amalfitano.

Sakho gave warning of what was to come when he clipped the crossbar with a strong shot.

His goal came courtesy of good work on the right by Carroll, who delivered an inviting cross which Sakho headed past Frank Fielding.

Smith had one last headed attempt for the home side, connecting with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's stoppage-time cross but he put his effort wide of the post.

The Hammers had reached the fourth round courtesy of a 9-8 penalty shoot-out replay win over Everton and West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had made it clear to his players that he did not want to waste that hard work.

After a weekend of shocks, with Chelsea and Manchester City losing, West Ham avoided going the same way.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "I knew it was going to be tough and it was exactly that. Bristol City showed why they are where they are in their league.

"We found it difficult to get our passing game going but thankfully Andy's cross and Sakho's header was all we needed to get a very important win.

"This is a pretty big result for us."

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill: "We've played like that for most of the season but we had to score in that first half hour because our tempo was so good.

"I was surprised at how many times we got a look at their goal. But overall I am very proud of the lads."

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Bristol City reached the FA Cup final in 1909, where they lost to Manchester United
Bristol City v West Ham
West Ham required a replay and a marathon penalty shoot-out to get past Everton in the third round
Bristol City v West Ham
The only previous FA Cup meeting between the sides was in the third round in 1969, when West Ham won 3-2 at Upton Park
Bristol City v West Ham
Steve Cotterill was appointed manager of Bristol City in December 2013

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 2LittleSubstituted forWagstaffat 75'minutes
  • 12SavilleSubstituted forPackat 83'minutes
  • 7Smith
  • 23Bryan
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forAgardat 82'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 8Elliott
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 17Cunningham
  • 19Agard
  • 21Pack

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 5Tomkins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30SongSubstituted forAmalfitanoat 57'minutes
  • 16NobleBooked at 80mins
  • 4NolanBooked at 78minsSubstituted forDemelat 88'minutes
  • 11Downing
  • 31E ValenciaSubstituted forSakhoat 57'minutes
  • 9Carroll

Substitutes

  • 7Jarvis
  • 15Sakho
  • 20Demel
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
12,682

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 0, West Ham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, West Ham United 1.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with a cross.

Foul by Diafra Sakho (West Ham United).

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Guy Demel replaces Kevin Nolan.

Offside, West Ham United. Adrián tries a through ball, but Andy Carroll is caught offside.

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kieran Agard.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces George Saville.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Luke Freeman.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 0, West Ham United 1. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Andy Carroll with a cross.

Booking

Mark Noble (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Bristol City) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

Booking

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Mark Little.

Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

Offside, West Ham United. Andy Carroll tries a through ball, but Kevin Nolan is caught offside.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

Foul by Winston Reid (West Ham United).

Matt Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

Attempt missed. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Carroll with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Morgan Amalfitano replaces Alexandre Song.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Diafra Sakho replaces Enner Valencia.

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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