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Bristol City denied by late winner

Bristol City's Matt Smith falls to his knees dejected after missing an opportunity late in the game Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Bristol City are getting over the disappointment of narrowly losing to West Ham in the FA Cup.

The Robins held onto the 81st minute before Sahko headed home a late winner for West Ham. The final score ended 1-0.

Bristol City must now turn their attention to Thursday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final second leg.


Gloucester to be top seeds in cup quarter-finals

Matt Kvesic scored two tries for Gloucester at Brive. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Gloucester will go into the quarter finals of the European Challenge Cup as top seeds.

The Cherry and Whites completed their group matches with a 31-20 bonus point win at Brive tonight.

It maintains their 100% record in the competition, picking up 29 out of a possible 30 points.

They'll have a home tie in the quarter finals.

Fans begin queueing for City v West Ham tickets

Former Bristol City winger Scott Murray has tweeted a photo with fans at Ashton Gate queueing for tickets for this Sunday's FA Cup fourth round tie with West Ham. Tickets go on general sale at 9am.

Season card holders and members have already claimed theirs. The stadium's capacity is limited to just 13,000 due to ongoing building work.

Queues at Ashton Gate this morning. Credit: Bristol City Football Club / Twitter

Bristol City manager: "I've got to wear my lucky underpants"

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!

– Steve Cotterill, Bristol City manager

Cotterill 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 that all is above board:

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

– Steve Cotterill, Bristol City manager


Somerset wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter to see specialists over serious eye injury

Somerset and England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter will see a number of specialists over the next few weeks as he continues to battle back from a serious eye injury he sustained last season.

When he came back at the tail end of last season Craig knew that his eye wasn’t quite as good as it was prior to the injury. Then when he played in the Ram Slam T20 over in South Africa it became evident to Craig that the eye hadn’t improved from where it was at the end of the season so that’s obviously a concern for him. He will see an eye specialist in Belgium next week, as well as seeing a specialist in the USA. That will hopefully give some indication as to what will happen going forward.

– Matt Maynard Somerset CCC’s Director of Cricket
Craig Kieswetter may miss the 2015 season because of an eye injury Credit: Somerset County Cricket Club

The coach is planning on the assumption that Mr Kieswetter won't be playing for the summer, but will be delighted to have him back if the results from the specialist prove positive.

Craig has to think quite selfishly at this stage about what’s best for him. He loves playing cricket for Somerset and I am sure that he would love to continue doing so but first and foremost he knows that his eye has got to be right.

“Obviously we all wish him the very best with the upcoming appointments with the specialists and hopefully we’ll have some good news for both Craig and Somerset County Cricket Club.”

– Matt Maynard Somerset CCC’s Director of Cricket

Bath Rugby's Sam Burgess named in the England Saxons squad

Bath Rugby's Sam Burgess has received his first England call since switching to Rugby Union after being named in the England Saxons squad to face Ireland Wolfhounds on January 30.

Burgess has been rewarded for an excellent start to his union career after changing codes from Rugby League.

Sam Burgess will be joined by four Bath team-mates Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

He's joined in the Saxons squad by Bath team-mates Henry Thomas, Rob Webber, Matt Garvey and Ollie Devoto.

Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic is also included.

Six Nations 2015: eight regional players named in England Squad

Eight players from the region have been named in the England Squad for the Six Nations which starts next month.

Bath Rugby have six players in, including a call-up for in-form centre Jonathan Joseph.

Joseph is joined in the squad by fellow Rec backs Kyle Eastmond, George Ford and Anthony Watson, along with forward pair Dave Attwood and Davie Wilson.

George Ford will join five other Bath players in the Squad Credit: David Davies/PA

Gloucester have two players named in the squad, winner Jonny May and centre Billy Twelvetrees.

Gloucester's Jonny May Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Ugwu scores again as Yeovil draw at Preston

Gozie Ugwu scored for Yeovil at Preston. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Yeovil Town have drawn 1-1 at promotion-chasing Preston.

Gozie Ugwu gave the Glovers the lead in first half stoppage time with his second goal in two games.

But the home side earned a share of the points when Sylvain Ebanks-Blake equalised fifteen minutes from the end.

Yeovil remain bottom of the table on goal difference.

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