Bristol City earn replay against Nottingham Forest
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Bristol City earn replay against Nottingham Forest

Jan 27, 2024

Bristol City produced a spirited performance to earn an FA Cup replay against Nottingham Forest after a goalless fourth-round stalemate at Ashton Gate.

Tommy Conway missed a great chance for the Championship hosts when his half volley from Albania midfielder Anis Mehmeti’s cross flew wide.

Forest also carved out a fine opportunity through Chris Wood and Callum Hudson-Odoi, only for Brazilian midfielder Danilo to miss the target.

The two sides will try again at the City Ground on the week beginning 5 February.

Having knocked out West Ham in the third round, City were looking to eliminate more than one top-flight opponent in the same FA Cup campaign for the first time since 1919-20.

Liam Manning’s side looked dangerous going forward, particularly after half-time, but were unable to force Forest keeper Matt Turner into a serious save.

Back to the City Ground

Nuno Espirito Santo has his first clean sheet at the seventh attempt as Forest boss after a dogged defensive performance by his side.

Bristol City were roared on by a raucous crowd and carved out nine attempts over the 90 minutes – but none on target.

After Conway’s earlier miss, Cameron Pring had another great chance for an 85th-minute winner but fired into the side-netting.

In a tense finale, Wood – who had a spell on loan at Bristol City in 2012 – mis-timed a header when the New Zealand forward looked set to score and Hudson-Odoi also found the side-netting late on.

Forest needed a replay and extra time to see off League One Blackpool in the third round and will now need to win another replay if they are to advance to round five.

In the end a draw was a fair outcome, with Forest – 16th in the Premier League with a four-point cushion to the bottom three – facing Arsenal at home and Bournemouth away before the replay.

As for Bristol City, they remain unbeaten after three matches against Premier League sides – two against West Ham and one against Forest – in this season’s FA Cup, despite sitting 13th in the Championship.

Manning will hope his players can take belief from those performances to help improve their league position.

Player of the match

KnightJason Knight

Bristol City

  1. Squad number12Player nameKnight

  2. Squad number15Player nameConway

  3. Squad number2Player nameMcCrorie

  4. Squad number3Player namePring

  5. Squad number11Player nameMehmeti

  6. Squad number26Player nameVyner

  7. Squad number1Player nameO’Leary

  8. Squad number16Player nameDickie

  9. Squad number6Player nameJames

  10. Squad number22Player nameGardner-Hickman

  11. Squad number9Player nameCornick

  12. Squad number20Player nameBell

  13. Squad number19Player nameTanner

  14. Squad number21Player nameWells

Nottingham Forest

  1. Squad number15Player nameToffolo

  2. Squad number40Player nameMurillo

  3. Squad number32Player nameOmobamidele

  4. Squad number11Player nameWood

  5. Squad number5Player nameMangala

  6. Squad number14Player nameHudson-Odoi

  7. Squad number28Player nameDanilo

  8. Squad number16Player nameDomínguez

  9. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

  10. Squad number29Player nameMontiel

  11. Squad number7Player nameN Williams

  12. Squad number3Player nameNuno Tavares

  13. Squad number1Player nameTurner

  14. Squad number22Player nameYates

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1O’Leary
  • 19Tanner
  • 26Vyner
  • 16Dickie
  • 2McCrorieSubstituted forBellat 68′minutes
  • 22Gardner-HickmanBooked at 90mins
  • 6JamesBooked at 40mins
  • 3PringBooked at 20mins
  • 12Knight
  • 11MehmetiSubstituted forCornickat 78′minutes
  • 15ConwaySubstituted forWellsat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cornick
  • 10King
  • 20Bell
  • 21Wells
  • 23Bajic
  • 24Roberts
  • 27Knight-Lebel
  • 30Nelson
  • 37Backwell

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Turner
  • 29Montiel
  • 32Omobamidele
  • 40Santiago Costa dos Santos
  • 3TavaresSubstituted forToffoloat 65′minutes
  • 22YatesBooked at 30minsSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 45′minutes
  • 5Mangala
  • 16DomínguezBooked at 34minsSubstituted forN Williamsat 45′minutes
  • 28Danilo
  • 14Hudson-Odoi
  • 11Wood

Substitutes

  • 4Worrall
  • 7N Williams
  • 10Gibbs-White
  • 15Toffolo
  • 23Vlachodimos
  • 26McKenna
  • 41Aguilera
  • 49Osong
  • 53Gardner

Referee:
Stuart Attwell

Attendance:
25,787

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