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2019/20 Season highlights part 2

We continue our look behind the achievements, key stats and other numerous highlights from City's season so far.

From team performance to personal player highlights, there have certainly been a few. Part one looked at first goals, an unbeaten streak and league doubles.

In this second and final review, we look at that memorable South Wales victory, recall our highest scoring game and the numbers behind one of the league's most creative talents...

Sweet success in the Servernside derby

November arrived with City heading to the Cardiff City Stadium, 17 years since their last win in South Wales.

And it arrived in the form of Josh Brownhill's dipping right-footed shot.

The Bluebirds would it the woodwork three times at a chilly Cardiff City Stadium but ultimately they had little response to Brownhill’s second-half moment of brilliance.

The wing wizard

They say the numbers don't lie and there have certainly been some eye-catching statistics behind the performances of the likes of Dan Bentley, Famara Diédhiou and Niclas Eliasson so far this campaign.

But it is the Sweden winger has more often than not been a creative spark 12 assists for the Sky Bet Championship campaign - that's just one behind West Brom's Matheus Pereira. Eliasson does have 13 assists himself when all competitions are considered.

He's chipped in with three goals too, including three Man of the Match displays since August.

It was his late, crucial goal which earned City their 1-0 win over Barnsley in January and two assists to ensure a 2-2 away draw with Barnsley.

A closer look at the statistics also show that Eliasson has made more key passes (56) than any other player, while he has made the most tackles of anyone in the squad too (55).

Eliasson in 2019/20

  • Assists: 13 (all competitions)
  • Goals: 3
  • Minutes played: 1,854 (league only)
  • Pass success rate: 71%
  • Key passes: 56
  • Tackles: 55
  • Average Opta rating: 6.95

Biggest scoreline

City 5-2 Huddersfield
Saturday, November 30th 2019
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 20,762

It was a five-star performance from City who triumphed over Huddersfield Town, thanks to an electric first half where it rained goals at Ashton Gate.

The staff had called for a response following the Robins’ midweek defeat and the players duly delivered.

On-field captain Josh Brownhill started the rout before Niclas Eliasson picked out what appeared to be a Nathan Baker header, though it may officially go down as an own goal.

Karlan Grant would get one back before City took their chances, Eliasson in super form to head in City’s third before whipping in a cross for Ashley Williams to head home and send the hosts 4-1 ahead at the break.

Andreas Weimann’s tidy finish got Lee Johnson’s side off the mark in the second half, though Juninho Bacuna pulled a goal back shortly after with the Robins seeing out the 5-2 win to secure an eighth home game without defeat.

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