Liam Manning reveals Bristol City dressing room reaction and sets Robins new challenge after FA Cup win vs West Ham

Tommy Conway's goal saw the Robins book their place in the fourth round
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Liam Manning

Liam Manning says his Bristol City players are desperate to take their impressive FA Cup performances against West Ham into the Championship, and challenged his players to improve their consistency.

Tommy Conway's goal in the third minute proved enough for City to progress into the next round of the FA Cup, as Said Benrahma was sent off for the Hammers.

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The original match between the sides ended 1-1 at the London Stadium after another good performance from City, but in between the two matches, the Robins suffered a disappointing defeat against out-of-form Championship rivals Preston North End.

Manning said after Tuesday's win that his players are determined to take their cup performances into league action.

"The lads just spoke in there about it, I think we had a disappointing result and performance against Preston and that's the challenge now," he said to the BBC.

"We've seen so many positives from the two FA Cup games, it's now about finding a level of consistency in the league. The lads have shown they can do it against high-level opposition so now we need to maintain that level of focus and make sure that we can find ways to win in different styles.

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"It's refreshing to hear the lads talk about it straight after the game."

City host Watford on Saturday afternoon and Manning will be hoping his side can build on their performance against David Moyes' side.

The result was Manning's best as City manager so far, and he was keen to admit how proud he was of his team.

"At times it was challenging, we had to stay calm and keep our emotions in check which wasn't easy but I thought we did a terrific job with that," he said.

"It was phenomenal, a special memory for me, a special memory for the players and the club, it's a terrific evening and one I won't forget."

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