A late strike from Diafro Sakho gave West Ham United a 1-0 win over Bristol City at the Ashton Gate Stadium, on Sunday afternoon in a Fourth Round FA Cup encounter. Bristol were looking lively in the early parts of the match. After the 20th minute it was still 0-0 but an attempt was missed by Joe Bryan as his left footed shot missed to the right of the goal posts.
Andy Carroll had an attempt at goal but his right footed shot went wide of goal. After half an hour it was still deadlocked. In the 38th minute Carroll’s header went straight to Frank Fielding’s hands as the Hammers were on the attack again. Kevin Nolan’s shot was then blocked in the 45th minute as the match went to half-time 0-0.
Sam Allardyce’s side started more aggressively in the second half as they were looking for the crucial goal. The hosts were awarded a free kick in an attacking half and Emmanuel Thomas took it but hit it straight at the goalkeeper. The visitors made a double change in the 57th minute as Sakho replaced Enner Valencia and Morgan Amalfitano came on for Alex Song as they were still looking for the crucial goal.
City had a good chance as the cross came from the left hand side but Matt Smith’s header went just over the cross bar in the 69th minute. In the 74th minute Sakho almost gave his side a goal but his shot nicked the cross bar as his side started to threaten. In the 79th minute Amalfitano’s shot went straight to Fielding, who was keeping his side in the match.
Carrol’s hard work on the right payed off as he delivered a good high cross and Sakho’s header opened the scoring for the visitors in the 81st minute. The home side threw everything at Allardyce’s charges in a desperate attempt to draw level but in the end it was the London club that marched on to the Fifth Round.