FA Cup: Bristol City 1-1 Swansea City – Semenyo earns Bristol City a replay

Rob Atkinson and Joel Piroe challenge for the ball aerially
Bristol City and Swansea have drawn four of the last five meetings at Ashton Gate

Bristol City failed to win at Ashton Gate for the eighth successive game despite Antoine Semenyo’s header earning a replay at Swansea City.

The visitors were dominant in the first half but Semenyo’s goal was deserved as the Robins dominated after half-time.

Semenyo headed home with 15 minutes remaining as Swansea failed to clear.

The visitors had been gifted the lead on 15 minutes when Rob Atkinson’s awful pass went straight to Liam Cullen, who presented Joel Piroe with a tap-in.

Both managers might feel frustrated not to have settled the tie on the day, with Swansea completely in control before the break but unable to add to the goal the hosts gifted them.

Bristol City have only progressed from four of their last 15 FA Cup third round ties, but they will take heart ahead of the replay at the Liberty Stadium from the fact they have never been knocked out by the Swans, progressing against the Welsh side three times .

Robins manager Pearson – who admitted this week he is under pressure to keep his job – unsurprisingly named a strong side, with just one change from the league draw with Coventrywith Tommy Conway replacing Nahki Wells, though Conway was withdrawn with injury after 25 minutes.

Swansea boss Russell Martin also opted to make just one change from the defeat to Burnley last time out, with Nathan Wood coming in for Harry Darling.

Attention has been focused on Pearson with his side winning just one of their last 10 league games and he would have been aghast at the way they conceded the first goal.

They provided Swansea with an absolute gift as Rob Atkinson’s wayward pass was intercepted by Liam Cullen, who gave Piroe the easiest of finishes.

Atkinson thought he had made amendments at the end of the first period, but his strong claim for a penalty was waved away by referee Craig Pawson.

Pawson also rejected Alex Scott’s penalty plea after the break as the hosts increased the pressure on the visitors.

Pearson’s side had not won any of their seven previous home games, with their last success at Ashton Gate coming in August, but they showed good spirit, despite creating few chances.

The hosts found an equalizer with 15 minutes remaining as Semenyo’s header beat goalkeeper Steven Benda, who got his hands to the ball.

The momentum was all with the Robins and Benda saved adroitly to deny Wells as the home fans sensed a winner.

Both sides had chances to avoid a replay but Max O’Leary saved Jay Fulton’s powerful effort and Joe Williams’ superb cross somehow evaded everyone in the Swansea penalty area.


Bristol City

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 12O’Leary
  • 26vyner
  • 5Atkinson
  • 4NaismithBooked at 39minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 72′minutes
  • 19TannerSubstituted forSykesat 72′minutes
  • 6James
  • 7ScottSubstituted forBellat 84′minutes
  • 16SpringBooked at 84mins
  • 14Weimann
  • 15ConwaySubstituted forWellsat 25′minutes
  • 11Semenyo


  • 1Bentleys
  • 3Dasilva
  • 8Williams
  • 10King
  • 17Sykes
  • 20Bell
  • 21Wells
  • 27Kadji
  • 35Taylor-Clarke


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Bandage
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 23woodBooked at 62mins
  • 5CabangoSubstituted forDarlingsat 45′minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 3Manning
  • 8Grimes
  • 7AllenBooked at 45minsSubstituted forcundleat 76′minutes
  • 31CooperSubstituted forCongreveat 86′minutes
  • 4Fulton
  • 20CullenSubstituted forNtchamat 76′minutes
  • 17Pyroe


  • 1Fisher
  • 6Darlings
  • 10Ntcham
  • 15Ogbeta
  • 18cundle
  • 26Naughton
  • 29Sorinola
  • 45Congreve
  • 48cotterill

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