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Bristol City manager warns of complacency against Gillingham

Bristol City take on Gillingham tonight Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City are just 90 minutes away from a Wembley cup-final.

They take on Gillingham tonight in the second leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final.

City take a 2 goal lead into the game, but the manager says his players won't get complacent.

Steve Cotterill has warned of complacency

The prize for a player to play at Wembley, you know - it's a career moment for them. They will always look back and cherish that for the rest of their lives but we know that's the same for the Gillingham players.

We won't go into this game complacent. That's for sure.

– Steve Cotterill, Bristol City Manager

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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.

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

City through to face West Ham in the FA Cup

Bristol City's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas celebrates scoring their first goal with Aden Flint Credit: PA

In football, Bristol City are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating Doncaster 2-0 in tonight's replay.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored both goals.

City will play Premier League side West Ham at Ashton Gate in the next round, after The Hammers beat Everton on penalties in their replay tonight.

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'Shed Fan' gets a Bristol City season ticket

The view from Ben Swift's garden. Credit: ITV News

A Bristol City fan, who's been enjoying uninterrupted views of Ashton Gate on matchdays from his shed, has been given a season ticket by the club.

Ben Swift, otherwise known as 'Shed Fan', lives right next to the stadium, and has been able to catch games for free from the back of his garden ever since redevelopment of the stadium began.

He'll lose that once the new south stand is completed so the club have given him a proper seat. He told us he can't believe his luck.

Bristol City fan who watched games from his shed is given season ticket

Bristol City fan Ben Swift is thrilled to have been given a season ticket Credit: ITV News

A Bristol City fan, who's been enjoying uninterrupted views of Ashton Gate on match days - from his shed - has been given a season ticket by the club.

Ben Swift, otherwise known as "Shed Man", has been able to catch games for free from the back of his garden ever since redevelopment of the stadium began. He'll lose that once the new south stand is completed so the club have given him a proper seat.

He told ITV News: "It's come as quite a big surprise they didn't really have to do that. I haven't really done too much in a way to earn it as I've been watching it for free for most of the season."

Matt Smith takes Bristol City a step closer to Wembley

Bristol City's Matt Smith celebrates scoring at the Priestfield Stadium Credit: PA

Bristol City are a step closer to Wembley after winning 4-2 at Gillingham in the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final.

The home side went ahead in the 6th minute, but Matt Smith responded with all four of City's goals. He's now scored seven times since joining on loan from Fulham.

No date has been confirmed yet for the return leg at Ashton Gate.

Rovers & Torquay fans raise £4,000 for Oskar

Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs presenting Oskar Pycroft and his mum Lizzy with more than £4,000 in donations at the New Year's Day game Credit: Neil Brookman

A total of £4,198.39 was raised by Bristol Rovers Supporters through bucket collections prior, during and after the New Year’s Day Torquay United match at the Memorial Stadium, to help pay towards an operation for 6 year-old Bristol City fan, Oskar Pycroft.

Oskar has bilateral spastic cerebral palsy. He can't stand, sit or walk without help and is in constant pain with his muscles and joints. Without complex medical intervention, Oskar faces a life of continuing pain and will never be able to walk independently.

An operation called SDR which could change his life. Surgeons will perform the operation in Bristol on a private basis as Oskar does not meet current NHS criteria.

Oskar’s mum Lizzy is aiming to raise £50k to enable Oskar to have this treatment in Bristol.

I would like to thank all our supporters and those of Torquay who gave so generously for Oskar‘s operation. This money, together with the Supporters Club quiz night and a donation from the Fans Forum, means the total donation from Bristol Rovers fans is in excess of £4,650 and I know this will greatly help boost Oskar’s operation appeal.

It is only right that there should be rivalry in Bristol which is all part of the excitement of football. However, what is even more important is that football is very much a family. It is at times like this that two football families in Bristol have rightly come together to support Oskar to help him walk. We wish the youngster every success with the operation ahead.

– Nick Higgs, Bristol Rovers Chairman

You can find out more about Oskar's appeal here.

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