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Bristol City 1-1 West Ham United (Bristol City Fan's Perspective)

Wednesday 18th April 2012
Bristol City moved within touching distance of remaining in the Championship after a hard fought draw at home to West Ham.

Cole Skuse cancelled out James Tomkins' opener to earn City a much needed point with Coventry losing at home to Millwall.

The Robins extended their unbeaten run to six games and now need just a point from their final two games to maintain their status as a Championship club.

Manager McInnes made two changes from the team that drew 2-2 at Birmingham at the weekend. Yannick Bolasie, fresh off his first goal for the club in the last game at Ashton Gate on Easter Monday, was recalled to the side in place of Martyn Woolford and Ryan McGivern replaced Louis Carey in defence.

West Ham began brighter of the two and showed their Premier League calibre. Former City striker Nicky Maynard, back at Ashton Gate for the first time following his January deadline day transfer to the Hammers, had the first chance of the game but his snap shot was blocked on the line before he blazed his next effort high over the bar.

West Ham were totally dominant and soon had the ball in the net only for Vaz Te's effort to be ruled out for a hand ball in the build up from Kevin Nolan.

West Ham's dominance was finally rewarded after 25 minutes when James Tomkins rose unmarked at the back post to turn in a Mark Noble free kick.

City however made a quick comeback through a Cole Skuse 30 yard drive. The midfielder latched on to Jon Stead's knockdown to fire the ball into the net, via an awkward bounce in front of the sprawling Robert Green for his 1st goal of the season.

The goal seemed to shock West Ham and the Hammers failed to regain control of the half and City began to dominate. However there was a heart in mouth moment right at the end the half as Winston Reid's miss kick started a goal mouth scramble in the City box before Dean Gerken bravely smothered the ball.

City began the second half the brighter of the two teams and the popular Yannick Bolasie was proving a huge threat down the City right and sucked in Reid who received a booking for his lunge.

West Ham were slow to find their feet but were soon passing the ball around smoothly and were making most of the running.

Henri Lansbury was the next player to go close, his powerful effort striking the top of the bar before testing Gerken shortly after with another powerful effort.

With City being penned back in their own half McInnes brought on Albert Adomah, and the winger was quickly in on the action as his shot across the box found its way to Chris Wood, but his effort was quickly blocked by Green.

West Ham were really beginning to turn the screw and Jon Carew passed up two glorious chances. Firstly he headed over from eight yards out then spurning an even better chance by heading straight at Dean Gerken from close range.

Despite wave after wave of West Ham attacks during the final few minutes, Bristol City defended bravely and with results going in their favour the point was a well-earned reward and City now just need one point from their final two games of the season to remain a Championship club next season.
Thomas Langridge

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