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Bristol City win promotion to the Championship

Bristol City secured promotion in style. Credit: PA

Bristol City became the first side in the Football League to win promotion as they booked their place in next season's Sky Bet Championship by battering Bradford 6-0.

The Robins reached 92 points with their 27th league victory of the season at Valley Parade thanks to James Tavernier's brace and further goals from Joe Bryan, Luke Ayling, Aden Flint and Aaron Wilbraham.

Tavernier, who went up as a Rotherham player out of League One last year, fired in the opener after his initial effort was blocked before Bryan jumped highest to double Bristol City's advantage.

Ayling's fortuitous effort made it 3-0 after the break, Flint then headed a free-kick home, Tavernier stabbed in his second and Wilbraham rolled home a sixth to seal victory and promotion.

Bristol City disappointed with Fifa West Ham decision

Bristol City have expressed their disappointment with Fifa's decision to only fine West Ham for fielding Diafra Sakho against them in the FA Cup.

The Senegalese striker scored the only goal of the game, despite being made unavailable for selection for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Bristol City FC notes FIFA's decision with regards to the Disciplinary Committee's case against West Ham United and their player Diafra Sakho.

The club is disappointed with the penalty handed down by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and is considering its options.

The club will be making no further comment at this time.

– Bristol City statement

Sahko header sees West Ham beat Bristol City

Diafra Sakho came off the bench to score. Credit: Reuters

Diafra Sakho's second-half header was enough for West Ham to progress in the FA Cup at Bristol City's expense.

The League One club were the better side in the first period and had two efforts cleared off the line.

West Ham struggled to make chances, but good work from Andy Carroll set up Sakho to nod in at the far post.


FA Cup teams: Bristol City v West Ham

Bristol City boss: I need to wear lucky underpants for West Ham

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill says he will have to wear the same pair of 'lucky' underpants for this weekend's FA Cup 4th round tie against West Ham that he had on for last weekend's league win.

"It's a load of nonsense really all of it...but I'll probably still stick to it," Cotterill said as he addressed the nation's media ahead of the League One leader's biggest test of the season.

The City manager is very candid about his pre match superstitions, which also include saluting magpies if he sees any on the way to games.

But on the matter of his underwear, the 50 year-old is quick to point out their cleanliness.

"They are washed...they're washed and ready to go again. They're not just left on the side for a week."