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Bristol City 2-0 Doncaster

FA Cup: Bristol City 2-0 Doncaster

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas struck twice to secure League One side Bristol City a televised FA Cup fourth-round home tie against West Ham.

The forward nodded in the first-half opener from close range after keeper Marko Marosi denied Aden Flint.

James Coppinger's shot was cleared off the line for Doncaster, who pushed hard after the interval.

But Emmanuel-Thomas ran half the length of the pitch to score a second on the break with a cool finish.

Bristol City, knocked off the top of League One by Swindon's win at Coventry on Monday, deserved their victory despite Doncaster's second-half efforts.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - Cup hero
Bristol City's match-winner Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored in every round to help Arsenal win the FA Youth Cup in 2008-09, lifting the trophy as they beat Liverpool 6-2 on aggregate in the final

On-loan Fulham forward Matt Smith - who went into the game on a run of nine goals in five matches - nodded an early chance wide before Flint headed over when unmarked from Marlon Pack's corner.

Flint made amends by playing a part as Steve Cotterill's side took the lead, though, with a header that Marosi pushed out before Emmanuel-Thomas scrambled in the loose ball.

Slovakia Under-21 international Marosi - making his first senior start after Manchester United recalled Sam Johnstone to send him out on loan to Preston - then had a lucky escape when his clearance hit Smith's back, but the ball drifted wide.

Doncaster, mid-table in League One, threw on strikers Nathan Tyson and Theo Robinson in a bid to save the game, but Emmanuel-Thomas snuffed out any hopes of a comeback.

West Ham needed a penalty shootout to defeat Everton.

The Hammers' fourth-round tie away at Ashton Gate will be live on BBC One on 25 January.

Bristol City defender Mark Little told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's a fantastic draw. There wasn't much between them, both would have been good ties, but in the end it's West Ham and it will be a good test.

"We'll be playing one of the top teams in the country.

"That's the league everyone wants to play in so we can go and see how we're going to cope with such a good team.

"They're coming here [Ashton Gate], which will be a bonus for us. We always play well here."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 4Flint
  • 22Ayling
  • 17Cunningham
  • 7Smith
  • 21Pack
  • 11WagstaffSubstituted forFreemanat 76'minutes
  • 2Little
  • 9SmithSubstituted forOsborneat 88'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 5Osborne
  • 8Elliott
  • 13Richards
  • 15Freeman
  • 16Wynter
  • 23Bryan

Doncaster

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Marosi
  • 22Wabara
  • 12McCullough
  • 16Butler
  • 17Stevens
  • 18KeeganSubstituted forBennettat 78'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 19Wellens
  • 29MiddletonSubstituted forTysonat 62'minutes
  • 10ForresterSubstituted forRobinsonat 62'minutes
  • 11Main

Substitutes

  • 6McCombe
  • 9Robinson
  • 14Tyson
  • 15Wakefield
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 23Bennett
  • 40McLaren
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
6,951

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  2. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  4. Post update

    Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Karleigh Osborne replaces Matt Smith.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Richard Wellens.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

  19. Post update

    Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 2, Doncaster Rovers 0. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marlon Pack.