- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, November 30th 2019
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 5-2 Huddersfield Town
Saturday, November 30th 2019
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.
Head Coach Lee Johnson made five changes from the midweek defeat at West Brom, handing returns to Jack Hunt and Han-Noah Massengo.
Also back for kick-off versus Huddersfield Town were Eliasson and Famara Diédhiou, while Tommy Rowe slotted in at left-back.
Those changes meant no place in the starting XI for Bailey Wright, Korey Smith, Callum O’Dowda, Pedro Pereira or Kasey Palmer.
It was an afternoon ended early for Huddersfield’s Fraizer Campbell, who was forced off after just five minutes and replaced by Adama Diakhaby.
But it had been a great start for City as they dictated the tempo and fought back to win the ball with haste when out of possession, getting their reward inside ten minutes. Jack Hunt darted down the right against his former club, his cross cleared as far as Massengo. The young Frenchman attempted a shot at goal which fell to Weimann, whose shot was then steered over the line by a deflected Brownhill effort.
Not that City would matter how it went in, and within minutes thought they had doubled their lead. This time Weimann forced another shot which Terriers keeper Kamil Grabara couldn’t handle and Diédhiou stabbed the ball over the line, only to be greeted by a raised offside flag.
With in-form forward Grant in their side, Huddersfield would always have a threat and Dan Bentley had to be alert twice, first to keep out a long-range effort and another a close-range header, while at the other end, Bentley’s opposite number Grabara did well to block a low Eliasson shot.
The pressure kept building from the home side and it finally told when the Sweden winger’s clipped cross just before the half-hour mark was steered home by what appeared to be a decisive header from Baker.
However, Grant would have the deficit after spinning in the box and turning in a deflected shot which curled into the bottom corner.
It threatened to unnerve the Robins but in fact spurred them on in an immediate reply with two goals just four minutes apart.
Eliasson was involved for both, first powering a bullet header beyond Grabara after a neat one-two between Brownhill and Hunt, before notching his second assist of the day with an in-swinging cross which Williams headed in for City’s fourth.
There were appeals for a late first-half penalty when Brownhill was barged off the ball but referee Darren England waved play on before signalling the break shortly after.
But the goals weren’t finished there, with Weimann keeping his cool to smash in City’s fifth from a tight angle. Diedhiou’s flick on found the advancing Ádám Nagy, whose ball into the box picked out Weimann and the Austrian took the ball away from Grabara before placing his shot into the far corner.
Huddersfield bridged the gap though when Elias Kachunga found Bacuna lurking outside the box and his low, right-footed drive picked out the bottom corner.
Danny Cowley’s side seemed to grow in confidence, though they still had a task to do chasing the game and Johnson opted for two defensive changes in Taylor Moore and Pereira on to replace Baker and Hunt.
It would be another defender in Rowe who went closest to a sixth for City when Eliasson’s cross picked him out on the edge of the box. Rowe managed to punt an effort on goal but it was beaten away by Grabara, before Smith received a warm introduction as he replaced Nagy.
The chances would peter out as the game developed, somewhat to be expected as City controlled the contest and shut out their opponents to round off a job well done heading into December.
Next up for the Robins, who rise to fifth in the Championship table, is a trip to Craven Cottage where they face Fulham next Saturday (December 7th, 3pm KO).
- Brownhill (11') , Eliasson (36') , Williams (40') , Weimann (49')
- Nathan Baker, Jack Hunt, Ádám Nagy
- Kongolo (30' og) , Grant (35') , Juninho Bacuna (57')
- Terence Kongolo, Fraizer Campbell, Adama Diakhaby