In a stunning upset, Bristol City knocked Premier League side West Ham out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory in a third-round replay. Tommy Conway, who had previously forced a replay with an equalizer, secured the win with an early goal. West Ham’s troubles compounded when Said Benrahma received a red card in the second half, leaving them with 10 men and unable to mount a comeback. Bristol City will advance to face either Nottingham Forest or Blackpool in the fourth round.
Despite a slow start, Bristol City dominated the game, with Conway capitalizing on a defensive mistake to slot the ball into an empty net. West Ham had chances to equalize before halftime through Maxwel Cornet and Danny Ings, but their efforts fell short. The Hammers’ manager, David Moyes, fielded a strong side, but injuries and a red card contributed to their first third-round exit since 2017.
The disappointment for West Ham extends their 44-year wait for FA Cup success, having recently tasted silverware in the UEFA Europa Conference League. The player of the match was rightfully awarded to Tommy Conway, who not only forced the replay but stole the show with his composed finish.
In other FA Cup results, Bristol City’s reward is a home tie against either Premier League Nottingham Forest or third-tier Blackpool. The original third-round ties lacked drama, but the clash between Bristol City and West Ham at Ashton Gate provided a tempestuous and full-blooded encounter, culminating in West Ham’s early exit from the competition.