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Bristol City 0-1 West Ham United

By Steve CanavanBBC Sport
  • 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."

Bristol City v West Ham
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


Bristol City

Formation 3-4-1-2

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


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

West Ham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 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


  • 7Jarvis
  • 15Sakho
  • 20Demel
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Diafra Sakho (West Ham United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Substitution

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Bristol City).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces George Saville.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Luke Freeman.

  16. 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.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Booking

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