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.
- 5MawsonReplaced byMooreat 66 ‘minutes
- 4GrandBooked at 5 minutesReplaced byMassengoat 77 ‘minutes
- 30BakinsonReplaced byVynerat 81 ‘minutes
- 31AdelakunReplaced bywellat 66 ‘minutes
- 15NicolaisenBooked at 32 minutesReplaced byWhatmoughat 45 ‘minutes
- 3BrownBooked at 71 minutes
- 4NaylorBooked at 82 minutes
- 24JacobsReplaced byHiwula-Mayifuilaat 86 ‘minutes
- 9MarquisReplaced byHarrisonat 65 ‘minutes
- 8To close
- 37A lot
Le match se termine, Bristol City 2, Portsmouth 1.
Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Portsmouth 1.
Attempt saved. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the lower right corner.
Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) fouls.
Sean Raggett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).
Foul by Zak Vyner (Bristol City).
Ryan Williams (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Failed attempt. Chris Martin (Bristol City) header from the center of the box is close but misses to the left. Assisted by Tommy Rowe with a cross after a corner.
Corner, Bristol City. Corner concédé par Sean Raggett.
Attempt blocked. Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Rowe.
Substitution, Portsmouth. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Michael Jacobs.
Offside, Bristol City. Han-Noah Massengo tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.
Goal! Bristol City 2, Portsmouth 1. Chris Martin (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box in the upper left corner.
Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).
Substitution, Bristol City. Zak Vyner replaces Tyreeq Bakinson.
Corner, Portsmouth. Corner, England.Conceded by Taylor Moore.