Match ends, Tamworth 1, Bristol City 2.
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
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.
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.
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:
"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."
- 19CapaldiBooked at 7mins
- 33MorganSubstituted forKerryat 73'minutes
- 29HildrethBooked at 14mins
- 28ChadwickSubstituted forByfieldat 60'minutes
- 17PeniketSubstituted forWooleryat 87'minutes
- 13ParishBooked at 90mins
- 11WagstaffSubstituted forCareyat 90+3'minutes
- 18TaylorSubstituted forPackat 60'minutes
- Andy D'Urso
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Tamworth 1, Bristol City 2.
Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Lee Hildreth.
Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Baldock.
Substitution, Bristol City. Louis Carey replaces Scott Wagstaff.
Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kaiyne Woolery (Tamworth).
Elliot Parish (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Tamworth 1, Bristol City 2. Andy Todd (Tamworth) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.
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.
Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).
Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wayne Thomas (Tamworth).
Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).
Andy Todd (Tamworth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.
Substitution, Tamworth. Kaiyne Woolery replaces Richard Peniket.
Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).
Lee Hildreth (Tamworth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.