The FA Cup - Second Round
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Tamworth 1-2 Bristol City

Bristol City celebrate Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's goal at Tamworth

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.

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."

Line-ups

Tamworth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Belford
  • 21Thomas
  • 19CapaldiBooked at 7mins
  • 33MorganSubstituted forKerryat 73'minutes
  • 15Courtney
  • 6Richards-Everton
  • 20Todd
  • 29HildrethBooked at 14mins
  • 9Richards
  • 28ChadwickSubstituted forByfieldat 60'minutes
  • 17PeniketSubstituted forWooleryat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kerry
  • 8Baker
  • 10Byfield
  • 18Woolery
  • 27Wright
  • 31Belford
  • 34Keane

Bristol City

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 13ParishBooked at 90mins
  • 2Moloney
  • 17Cunningham
  • 25Elliott
  • 5Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 11WagstaffSubstituted forCareyat 90+3'minutes
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 18TaylorSubstituted forPackat 60'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 15Bryan

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 6Carey
  • 14Reid
  • 21Pack
  • 22Shorey
  • 23Harewood
  • 27Burns
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
2,860

Match Stats

Home TeamTamworthAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tamworth 1, Bristol City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tamworth 1, Bristol City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Lee Hildreth.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Louis Carey replaces Scott Wagstaff.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kaiyne Woolery (Tamworth).

  8. Booking

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

  9. Goal!

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

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Wayne Thomas (Tamworth).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Greg Cunningham (Bristol City).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Tamworth. Kaiyne Woolery replaces Richard Peniket.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Elliott (Bristol City).

  20. Post update

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