Steve Cotterill claimed victory in his first game as Bristol City manager as the League One side saw off non-league Tamworth in the FA Cup second round.

A thunderous first-half effort from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Sam Baldock's deft chip saw Cotterill's new club book a home tie with Watford in round three.

Dale Belford's Lambs, 20th in the Conference Premier, had their chances to equalise with the score at 1-0.

Andy Todd bundled in a consolation but the visitors held on for the win.

Cotterill was appointed as successor to Sean O'Driscoll on Tuesday, and while his main ambition this season is to ensure City do not suffer a second consecutive relegation, he will be pleased to have overcome a brave Tamworth side in what looked a tricky FA Cup tie before kick-off.

Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill's Bristol City, 23rd in League One, will face Championship side Watford in round three

The non-league outfit put in a brave and committed display, although they needed a combination of Tony Capaldi and Duane Courtney to keep out Aden Flint's early header.

There was a scare for the visitors when Todd's mazy run was only denied by a last-ditch tackle by Derrick Williams, before top scorer Emmanuel-Thomas netted his 15th goal of the campaign with the only moment of real quality in the first half.

Collecting the ball on half-way, the former Arsenal trainee raced forward unchallenged and fired into the top corner from 25 yards.

Scott Wagstaff missed the opportunity to double the advantage after the break, shooting wide from distance having been presented with an unguarded net after Cameron Belford's clearance was partially blocked.

The home side's best chance to equalise came when striker Justin Richards latched onto a long ball but he failed to find the target from close range with only Elliot Parish to beat.

And City skipper Baldock made Richards pay, latching onto an Emmanuel-Thomas flick-on and lifting over Belford for 2-0.

Todd's effort following a scramble in the six-yard box was awarded, despite television replays showing the ball did not fully cross the line, but Tamworth could not do enough in stoppage-time to force a replay.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Points West:

Post-match: Bristol City's Cotterill

"We knew it wasn't going to be a silky game. It was a very difficult game for us.

"I would have liked us to have played a bit more football. I don't know if the conditions were conducive but we didn't retain the ball enough.

"We're down the lower echelons of League One and we're not full of confidence, so that was a good win for us."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Tamworth

  • 01 Belford
  • 21 Thomas
  • 19 Capaldi Booked
  • 33 Morgan (Kerry - 73' )
  • 15 Courtney
  • 06 Richards-Everton
  • 20 Todd
  • 29 Hildreth Booked
  • 09 Richards
  • 28 Chadwick (Byfield - 60' )
  • 17 Peniket (Woolery - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Kerry
  • 08 Baker
  • 10 Byfield
  • 18 Woolery
  • 27 Wright
  • 31 Belford
  • 34 Keane

Bristol City

  • 13 Parish Booked
  • 02 Moloney
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 25 Elliott
  • 05 Flint
  • 03 Williams
  • 11 Wagstaff (Carey - 93' )
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 18 Taylor (Pack - 60' )
  • 09 Baldock
  • 15 Bryan

Substitutes

  • 01 Fielding
  • 06 Carey
  • 14 Reid
  • 21 Pack
  • 22 Shorey
  • 23 Harewood
  • 27 Burns
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 2,860

Match Stats

Shots

12 20

On target

4 5

Corners

6 4

Fouls

18 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tamworth 1, Bristol City 2.

90:00 +5:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tamworth 1, Bristol City 2.

90:00 +4:54

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Lee Hildreth.

90:00 +4:51

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

90:00 +2:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Louis Carey replaces Scott Wagstaff.

90:00 +1:20

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:20

Foul by Kaiyne Woolery (Tamworth).

90:00 +0:20 Booking

Booking Elliot Parish (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

89:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 1, Bristol City 2. Andy Todd (Tamworth) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

89:43

Attempt saved. Andy Todd (Tamworth) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Richards-Everton with a headed pass.

89:13

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

89:13

Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:57

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:57

Foul by Wayne Thomas (Tamworth).

87:20

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

87:20

Andy Todd (Tamworth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:44

Attempt missed. Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

86:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Kaiyne Woolery replaces Richard Peniket.

86:03

Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

86:03

Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 0, Bristol City 2. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

81:56

Attempt blocked. Andy Todd (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:50

Corner, Tamworth. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

79:40

Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:40

Foul by Andy Todd (Tamworth).

78:40

Attempt missed. Wayne Thomas (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lloyd Kerry.

77:50

Attempt saved. Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

77:22

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

77:21

Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:16

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:16

Foul by Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth).

75:39

Corner, Tamworth. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

75:32

Attempt saved. Andy Todd (Tamworth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

72:39

Foul by Sam Baldock (Bristol City).

72:39

Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Lloyd Kerry replaces David Morgan.

71:49

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Greg Cunningham with a cross.

71:24

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

69:56

Corner, Tamworth. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

68:00

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

68:00

Foul by Justin Richards (Tamworth).

66:08

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City).

66:08

David Morgan (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:39

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

65:39

Wayne Thomas (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:27

Foul by Lee Hildreth (Tamworth).

65:20

Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:23

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Wagstaff.

62:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:42

Delay in match Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) because of an injury.

60:15

Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:15

Foul by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

59:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Darren Byfield replaces Nick Chadwick.

59:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol City. Marlon Pack replaces Ryan Taylor.

58:34

Attempt missed. Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

57:52

Attempt blocked. Ryan Taylor (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

56:18

Attempt missed. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Morgan.

55:18

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Cameron Belford.

53:20

Attempt missed. Justin Richards (Tamworth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Todd with a through ball following a fast break.

53:08

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Cunningham.

52:30

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

50:26

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

50:26

Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:43

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wagstaff with a cross.

48:03

Attempt missed. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

47:12

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Bristol City).

47:12

David Morgan (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:07

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Taylor with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins Tamworth 0, Bristol City 1.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tamworth 0, Bristol City 1.

45:00 +0:23

Attempt saved. Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

44:26

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:26

Foul by Nick Chadwick (Tamworth).

43:54

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

43:54

Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:51

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:51

Foul by Tony Capaldi (Tamworth).

41:40

Attempt missed. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

35:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 0, Bristol City 1. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Baldock.

35:10

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

34:09

Brendan Moloney (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:09

Foul by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

31:39

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:39

Foul by Andy Todd (Tamworth).

29:51

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Bristol City).

29:51

Duane Courtney (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:16

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:16

Foul by David Morgan (Tamworth).

23:54

Attempt missed. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

20:53

Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:53

Foul by Nick Chadwick (Tamworth).

18:42

Derrick Williams (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:42

Foul by Justin Richards (Tamworth).

15:27

Attempt missed. Andy Todd (Tamworth) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

14:00 Booking

Booking Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13:40

Sam Baldock (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:40

Foul by Lee Hildreth (Tamworth).

13:10

Corner, Tamworth. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

13:07

Attempt blocked. Andy Todd (Tamworth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

10:25

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:25

Foul by Justin Richards (Tamworth).

9:42

Corner, Tamworth. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

9:15

Corner, Tamworth. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

7:56

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Scott Wagstaff.

6:10 Booking

Booking Tony Capaldi (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

5:56

Sam Baldock (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:56

Foul by Tony Capaldi (Tamworth).

4:38

Attempt missed. Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.

4:20

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Tony Capaldi.

4:18

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Bristol City) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Aden Flint.

4:17

Attempt blocked. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Wagstaff with a cross.

3:50

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Wayne Thomas.

2:07

Marvin Elliott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:07

Foul by Nick Chadwick (Tamworth).

0:56

Attempt blocked. Justin Richards (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Hildreth.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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