The FA Cup - Third Round
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Bristol City 1-1 Watford

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

League One Bristol City fought back to earn an FA Cup third-round replay against Championship side Watford.

The visitors came closest to scoring before the break when Gabriele Angella clipped the bar, while Joe Bryan forced a smart save from Manuel Almunia.

Watford eventually went ahead five minutes from time through Sean Murray's right-foot shot.

But City's response was immediate, with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's tap-in from close range setting up a replay.

The hosts almost won it in injury time but Almunia managed to tip away a goal-bound Wes Burns cross.

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Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I thought it was a good game today. I'm really pleased we showed good character going 1-0 down so late - it would have been easy for the boys to give in. But they didn't and they have a good spirit about them.

"They're a great club with really nice people there. They have a new manager in there now and so they'll be looking to climb the Championship table as well.

"So it was a tough game for our boys today, and I think we did really well."

Watford coach Alec Chamberlain told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I thought it was a really tough game. Bristol City had their moments and we obviously had our moments.

"When we broke the deadlock everyone assumed we would go on and win the game but credit to Bristol City, they came straight at us from the kick off.

"Overall I think it was a fair result. We're in the hat and there are a lot of people who aren't, so we have to take the positives out of it."

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Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Parish
  • 11WagstaffSubstituted forBurnsat 71'minutes
  • 15BryanSubstituted forCunninghamat 82'minutes
  • 4FontaineSubstituted forMoloneyat 77'minutes
  • 5Flint
  • 35Osborne
  • 25Elliott
  • 14Reid
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 9Baldock
  • 21Pack

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Carey
  • 16Wynter
  • 17Cunningham
  • 18Taylor
  • 27Burns

Watford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Almunia
  • 27CassettiSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 7Battocchio
  • 6Ekstrand
  • 4Angella
  • 33Nosworthy
  • 16Murray
  • 23Santos Da Silva
  • 9Deeney
  • 20Fabbrini
  • 10McGugan

Substitutes

  • 12Doyley
  • 15Acuña Caballero
  • 25Ikpeazu
  • 28Smith
  • 30Bond
  • 32O'Nien
  • 40Kyprianou
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
10,165

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 1, Watford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Watford 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Nyron Nosworthy (Watford).

  4. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Karleigh Osborne (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Wes Burns (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Battocchio (Watford).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Manuel Almunia.

  9. Post update

    Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Connor Smith (Watford).

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 1, Watford 1. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Wes Burns.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 0, Watford 1. Sean Murray (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Greg Cunningham replaces Joe Bryan.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Brendan Moloney.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Wes Burns.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Wes Burns (Bristol City).

  20. Post update

    Sean Murray (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.