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Big match preview: Fleetwood v Bristol City

17 January 2017

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Read our essential guide to Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay

Fleetwood Town will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games as they host Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City in the Emirates FA Cup third round replay.


The sides drew 0-0 in the original tie at Ashton Gate, which set up a replay at Highbury.


The visitors are without a win in eight, and the draw with Town is the only positive result in the run, which has seen them lose seven on the bounce in the league.




Town beat City’s close rivals, Bristol Rovers, 3-1 on Saturday at Highbury thanks to goals from Ash Hunter, Cian Bolger and David Ball.


Town led at the break after Hunter opened the scoring in the 13th minute with his tenth of the season, while Bolger doubled Town’s lead ten minutes later as he turned home George Glendon’s corner at the back post.


Rovers rallied after the break at Billy Bodin scored in the 54th minute. But Ball’s fine solo effort sealed the win for Town, who stayed sixth in Sky Bet League One.


City on the other hand slipped to their seventh loss on the bounce in the league, as Cardiff scored two goals in the last ten minutes to snatch a 3-2 victory.


City initially took the lead in the 51st minute after Joe Bryan’s effort hit the bar and rebounded in off the back of Cardiff keeper Brian Murphy. Anthony Pilkington equalised from the spot for Cardiff, before a superb finish from Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham gave City the lead in the 78th minute.


Though it was not to be for City as Cardiff struck back through Kadeem Harris just four minutes later, and shortly after Pilkington got his second, Cardiff’s third and the winner with fantastic a 25 yard shot.




Uwe Rosler highlighted Jens Hegeler’s performance in the first match in the pre-match press conference, so there will be no doubt how dangerous he feels the ex-Hertha Berlin midfielder is.


Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham will be another one to watch for Town players and fans alike. The pacey forward has 18 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.




Ahead of Tuesday’s game, Head Coach Uwe Rosler spoke to the press.


“They not only challenged us last time – they put massive pressure on us,” he said.


“It was a great game, like Lee Johnson said it was a tactical game in the beginning and in the second half they took over.


“They also played the 3-5-2, so there was a lot of cancelling out each other for the majority of the game and we dug deep.”


Meanwhile City boss Lee Johnson has a selection dilemma ahead of the match.


“We’ve got two really important games. The FA Cup is still held in high regard at this football club and we want to win the game,” he said.


“There are one or two who I feel deserve the opportunity to show they can play and have worked very hard in training.”



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