Ten-man West Ham United were dealt a third-round exit from the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Bristol City, with Tommy Conway’s early strike subjecting the visitors to a 1-0 defeat in the Ashton Gate replay.
The teams were reacquainted in the West Country a little over a week after their 1-1 draw at London Stadium, and Conway – who scored the equaliser in the first match – duly finished the EFL Championship outfit’s first real clear-cut chance to earn the crucial advantage.
Saïd Benrahma was given his marching orders shortly after the interval, and though Tomáš Souček and Emerson led the charge for a way back into the clash, City held on to secure progression to the fourth round.
A senior debut off the bench for Northern Ireland international forward Callum Marshall was one of few positives for David Moyes’ men on the night, who will now look to bounce back to winning ways at Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Moyes made four changes to the XI that started the first running of the tie, with Aaron Cresswell, Benrahma, Maxwel Cornet and Danny Ings coming in for Edson Álvarez, Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Lucas Paquetá. The Hammers found themselves on the back foot within the first three minutes of the contest, when Conway latched onto a loose pass, rounded Łukasz Fabiański, and finished from a tight angle to make it 1-0.
A first James Ward-Prowse corner gave the visitors a sniff of an opportunity in the eighth minute, but City cleared comfortably and then Ross McCrorie had a shot at goal with his side looking the more comfortable in possession in the early stages.