Bristol City 2-1 Portsmouth: Chris Martin sends Robins to FA Cup fourth round

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Chris Martin has four goals and five assists this season

Chris Martin’s latest winner led Bristol City to the FA Cup fourth round after a tough test against Portsmouth.

Famara Diedhiou took a nice shot from the bottom corner of the box edge to put City in front.

Andy Cannon’s tenacious run and reduction pushed unmarked Callum Johnson to equalize.

Pompey threatened to upset, goalkeeper Daniel Bentley saving Tom Naylor’s effort, but Martin’s powerful strike from 20 yards settled the tie.

The Robins had gone 12 days without a game, while Pompey was on the pitch for the first time since Dec. 18 after testing positive for Covid-19, then frozen ground in Accrington Stanley.

The hosts welcomed Fulham Loanee Alfie Mawson to their defense after more than two and a half months away with a knee injury, and they started on the front foot.

Visiting goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray turned Martin down at close range before Diedhiou’s individual class moment saw Pompey concede for the first time in six games.

Portsmouth, who entered the tie with just one loss in 10 games, recovered well and found themselves in promising positions, but without testing Bentley at home until Johnson stabilized at halftime.

Antoine Semenyo took a first shot directly at McGillivray from 12 yards, but City created little in the second half as the visitors gradually took control.

A clear brace went to Tom Naylor, whose firm strike on goal was well repelled by Bentley, who then saved again from Naylor and Michael Jacobs as the Ligue 1 promotion pursuers turned the heat up.

Defenseman Taylor Moore twice knocked out other dangerous moments with last minute tackles, but with Kenny Jackett’s side pushing for the winner, Martin knocked out of play to put the Robins back in front. .

It was cruel to the visitors, who cursed their luck once again when Bentley made a point-blank save to deny Jordy Hiwula a last-minute equalizer.

Line-up

Bristol City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 19Mariappa
  • 22Party
  • 5MawsonReplaced byMooreat 66 ‘minutes
  • 25Rowe
  • 18Semenyo
  • 4GrandBooked at 5 minutesReplaced byMassengoat 77 ‘minutes
  • 30BakinsonReplaced byVynerat 81 ‘minutes
  • 31AdelakunReplaced bywellat 66 ‘minutes
  • septMartin
  • 9Diédhiou

Substitutes

  • 12O’Leary
  • 21well
  • 23Moore
  • 26Vyner
  • 27Edwards
  • 28Pearson
  • 33Bell
  • 34Towler
  • 42Massengo

Portsmouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 2Johnson
  • 20Raggett
  • 15NicolaisenBooked at 32 minutesReplaced byWhatmoughat 45 ‘minutes
  • 3BrownBooked at 71 minutes
  • 19Harness
  • 4NaylorBooked at 82 minutes
  • 14Canon
  • 24JacobsReplaced byHiwula-Mayifuilaat 86 ‘minutes
  • septWilliams
  • 9MarquisReplaced byHarrisonat 65 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Downing
  • 6Whatmough
  • 8To close
  • dixHarrison
  • 13Bolt
  • 17Morris
  • 26Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 37A lot
  • 41Turnbull

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