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Bristol City vs West Ham Utd
 0 - 1 
Date: 
25/01/2015
Venue: 
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 
12,682
Referee: 
Lee Mason
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BRISTOL CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
FA CUP FOURTH ROUND
ASHTON GATE
SUNDAY 25 JANUARY 2015
KICK-OFF: 2PM
REFEREE: LEE MASON

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Full time: Bristol City 0-1 West Ham United

FT: All over and West Ham are through to the fifth round. One goal was the difference, and the Hammers may have left it late, but Diafra Sakho is the man to notch the winner on his return from a back injury. It was a terrific header at the back post from Carroll's cross and took his tally for the season to ten. Bristol City started the game at pace and twice had headers cleared off the line, but West Ham held firm and restricted their chances after the break. They then took their chance when it arrived and we're in the hat for tomorrow night's draw.

90+2: If they're going to score it will be from a Smith header and he rises to meet Emmanuel-Thomas' cross, but sends his effort just wide of the mark. Still 1-0.

90: Sakho receives the ball into feet, turns and looks for Carroll, but just gets too much on the pass, which runs away from the No9. Three minutes of added time have been signalled.

89: Smith has been at the hub of Bristol City's chances this afternoon and he flicks a header goalwards, but straight at Adrian, who holds on.

88: West Ham make their final change of the afternoon, with Guy Demel coming on for Kevin Nolan.

83: Before the game restarts, Bristol City make two changes with Pack and Agard replacing Freeman and Saville. That header from Sakho is the perfect return to action, on his first game since New Year's Day. That's his tenth of a fine debut season in E13.

81: GOAL! West Ham have their goal! Carroll's persistence in the right hand channel of the penalty area pays off as he works space for a cross. It's stood up to the far post where Sakho is arriving to crash home a header from close range.

80: Back to the other end and Amalfitano tests Fielding's handling with a curling effort, which was heading inside the post. Meanwhile Mark Noble is booked after a foul which Mason played advantage from.

79: Chance at the far post for defender Ayling, who had made his way up into the box. Bryan's cross was deep but it found Ayling, who headed over.

78: Referee Lee Mason gets his yellow card out for the first time of the afternoon as Nolan overruns the ball and dives in to try and retrieve it, but catches Bryan. Booking.

75: Bristol City make their first change of the afternoon, with Scott Wagstaff replacing Mark Little.

74: Decent move from the Hammers and it results in a chance as Cresswell gets in round the back. He cuts the ball back for Sakho, but Flint throws his giant frame in the way to block. West Ham attack again and Sakho flicks it over his man's head before drilling goalwards and the ball kisses the crossbar on its away over. Closest we've come so far.

72: A foul on Nolan on halfway gives the Hammers a chance to deliver a free-kick from deep and it results in a corner. Noble delivers from the left. Bristol City stand firm and clear.

68: Adrian does well again to get a strong fist on the ball from Bryan's left-wing cross. Unsurprisingly Smith was his target, but the goalkeeper got there first.

67: Adrian has to scamper from his line to boot clear after Emmanuel-Thomas attempts to slip his strike partner Smth in on goal. There was just a shade too much on the oass and Adrian was alert to sweep up.

63: The intensity has dropped somewhat following the break. Bristol City have put plenty of energy into the contest and will they feel the effects in the final third of the game?

61: Downing exchanges passses with Nolan on the edge of the box and makes a good, purposeful run across the face of the area. Eventually space opens up for a shot, but he drills over the top.

57: The Hammers make a double change, with Diafra Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano replacing Enner Valencia and Alex Song.

54: Free-kick to Bristol City 25 yards out after a Nolan foul and Emmanuel-Thomas' effort is on target, but Adrian is behind it and claims the ball on the bounce.

52: It's been a scrappy start to this half, no real chances for either side yet.

48: The ball comes into the box for the first time this half from the Hammers and Carroll looks to head Cresswell's delivery into Nolan's path, but the No4 is offside.

3.03pm We're back underway. No changes for either side.

HT: The half-time whistle goes and it's a scoreless first half. Bristol City have been full of energy and attacking enterprise and will think themselves unfortunate not to have scored, with two Matt Smith efforts having been cleared off the line. The Hammers have struggled to exert sustained pressure but will look for more of that after the break, still from a position of parity.

45: Valencia takes a clatter on the right touchline and West Ham have a free-kick. Before it's taken, one minute of added time is signalled. West Ham work the free-kick short and have Nolan in space inside the box, buy Bryan gets across well to block.

41: A Jenkinson cross is headed out, but Noble picks up the pieces, skips over a couple of challenges and opts to try and slip Carroll in rather than shoot himself. However, the pass is cut out and City can clear again.

38: Close. Jenkinson whips over a dangerous low cross from the right and Carroll stabs it goalwards. He's put under heavy pressure by Ayling, and it's a good piece of defending as Carroll finds Fielding with his effort.

37: West Ham have possession on the right and Jenkinson's cross is a deep one. Nolan launches into an acrobatic attempt, but the shot is blocked at source and Fielding slides in to claim.

34: Corner to Bristol City after Little crosses from the right and Reid knocks behind. Smith is again the target, but West Ham defend it well.

32: Adrian is not very happy with Emmanuel-Thomas, who slides through Reid as he shields a ball out for a goal kik. Referee Lee Mason calls the striker across for a chat, but doesn't dole out any further punishment and on we go.

28: Carroll lines up another shot from range, but again he doesn't catch it cleanly and the low effort skims across the ground and out for a goal kick.

26: Carroll's involved at the other end now and after his attempt at a cross his blocked, he looks to hammer the rebound at goal. However, he drags the effort and it doesn't come close to troubling goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

24: Off the line again! The Hammers are living dangerously and Carroll has to retreat back to his own line to head Smith's header off the line after Freeman and Emmanuel-Thomas work a corner neatly. Brilliant clearance from Carroll.

23: Bristol City will be well pleased with the start they've made to the game. They're on the front foot at the moment and the Hammers need to stamp their authority on the contest.

19: Valencia overruns it in midfield, allowing Emmanuel-Thomas to run at the Hammers. Tomkins tackles him well, but then the second wave comes and Bryan drills a shot across the face of goal and not far wide.

17: Bristol City's wing backs bomb on for fun and Mark Little makes tracks again down the right. The cross comes over and Matt Smith is lurking, but the ball drifts out for a goal kick.

13: The game's had a terrific tempo to it so far, with Bristol City very adventurous when they come forward. West Ham would probably be well served in taking some of the sting out of it and they look to do so with a spell of possession.

10: At the other end, Bristol City have a corner now, and their giant defender Aden Flint looks to attack it. Kevin Nolan diligently follows him and wins the header, takes a clatter from Flint and wins a free-kick.

9: West Ham break down the right through Song, Downing and Valencia. The latter stops the ball on the by-line and looks to deliver, but the cross is cut out by the first man.

7: First corner for the visitors after Cresswell tries to pick Carroll out, but Williams knocks the ball behind. The corner comes to nothing, however.

6: Bristol City maintain their attack and Matt Smith's header is cleared off the line by Mark Noble. Close for the hosts, the fans in front of us were already up on their feet.

5: Song's pass to Downing is a little underhit and Saville pinches possession. Bristol City break down the left and Freeman's cross is headed out by Reid.

3: Mark Noble is penalised for a foul on George Saville and Korey SMith delivers the free-kick. The ball eventually comes to Matt Smith, whose powerful right-footed shot is blocked by James Tomkins.

2: West Ham enjoy the early possession, but Alex Song's pass square to Mark Noble is cut out and the hosts get their first extended feel of the ball.

2pm We're off and underway. Come on you Irons!

1.57pm The teams will turnaround before kick-off, with West Ham kicking towards the building site end in the firat half.

1.55pm Kevin Nolan leads the Hammers out onto the pitch, we'll be wearing our purple FA Cup kit today.

1.50pm Bristol City have given red and white scarves to all their fans at today's game and they're certainly making for a colourful presence in the build-up to kick-off.

1.40pm Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill has outlined the size of the task facing his side this afternoon in his programme notes.

He said: "West Ham have had an outstanding first half of the season and come to Ashton Gate as the top flight's seventh placed team. That takes some doing.

"It's great to see an English manager doing well in the Premier League and he deserves full credit for that."

1.20pm One change for the Hammers then, with Winston Reid coming in for James Collins, who is suffering with a back injury.

Diafra Sakho, meanwhile, has shaken off his back problem and is on the bench today

1pm The team sheets are in!

Bristol City: Fielding, Little, Williams, Flint, K.Smith, M.Smith, Emmanel-Thomas, Saville, Freeman, Ayling, Bryan
Subs: RIchards, Osborne, Elliott, Wagstaff, Cunningham, Agard, Pack

West Ham United: Adrian, Reid, Cresswell, Nolan (c), Tomkins, Carroll, Downing, Noble, Jenkinson, Song, Valencia
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Jarvis, Sakho, Demel, Amalfitano, Poyet, Cole

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of today's FA Cup tie at Bristol City.

The Robins have been in superb form this season, currently sitting second in Sky Bet League One with 54 points with a game in hand.

Steve Cotterill's men go into Sunday's game on the back of a fruitful run of games which has seen them unbeaten in seven, winning ten of their last 12 matches.

Having come through that epic third round replay against Everton with Adrian's winning penalty, the Hammers went on to beat Hull City 3-0 at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday 18 January.

Sam Allardyce's men are currently enjoying a record points total at this stage of the season, with 36 points from 22 games, lying seventh in the Premier League table.

Stay here for all the build up to kick-off, with team news expected at 1pm.

Diafra Sakho's late header gives West Ham United victory at Bristol City in the FA Cup fourth round
 Match Stats
 
  Bristol City West Ham
Goals : 0 1
Possession : 0% 0%
Shots On Target : 2 3
Shots Off Target : 11 10
Corners : 5 2
Fouls : 8 10
Most Fouls : Smith (3) Nolan (4)
Yellow Cards : 0 2
Red Cards : 0 0
 
Scorers :
Sakho 81
 
 Team Line Ups :
 
Frank Fielding   
Luke Ayling   
Aden Flint   
Derrick Williams   
Mark Little 75
Korey Smith   
George Saville 83
Joe Bryan   
Luke Freeman 82
Matt Smith   
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas   
 
Substitutes :
 
Karleigh Osborne   
Wade Elliott   
Scott Wagstaff 75
Dave Richards   
Greg Cunningham   
Kieran Agard 82
Marlon Pack 83
 
 
   Adrian
   Carl Jenkinson
   Winston Reid
   James Tomkins
   Aaron Cresswell
57 Alex Song
   Mark Noble
88 Kevin Nolan
   Stewart Downing
57 Enner Valencia
   Andy Carroll
 
 
 
   Matthew Jarvis
   Jussi Jaaskelainen
57 Diafra Sakho
88 Guy Demel
57 Morgan Amalfitano
   Diego Poyet
   Carlton Cole
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