Report: Bristol City 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Saturday, January 5th 2019
Josh Brownhill’s second-half strike fired City into the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The goal was enough to sink the Premier League’s Huddersfield Town in a crisp and cold evening at Ashton Gate.
In a game of few chances, Callum O’Dowda rattled the crossbar with the Terriers wasteful in front of goal, before Brownhill rippled the back of the net with a low shot from a tight angle.
The result would see City overcome a Premier League opponent in the FA Cup for only the first time since their memorable 1-0 win against Liverpool in 1994. The draw for the next round of the competition will take place on Monday evening (January 7th).
Bailey Wright and Joe Morrell were called up for their first starts of the campaign, with Under-18 regular Sam Pearson named on the bench.
City settled early on with Huddersfield seeing plenty of the ball themselves but were unable to get in behind the host’s backline, that was until Wright was the well-positioned defender to hook away Chris Löwe’s cross.
City had the crowd on their feet immediately after the resulting corner, as they burst forward on the counter attack, only for Famara Diédhiou’s stabbed effort to roll wide.
A tight affair would follow as BS3 took time to warm up in the chilly conditions and while chances would be of a premium, the Robins looked switched on and strong out of possession.
The crossbar would be the closest the Robins would go to a first-half goal, as Ben Hamer tipped Callum O’Dowda’s effort on to the woodwork before Diédhiou couldn’t keep his follow-up header down.
With minutes of the opening period left the match began to liven. First, Jamie Paterson would go close against his former side when his rifled shot sailed narrowly over after the bar, while at the other end Laurent Depoitre somehow mistimed from close range, skewing the ball wide from Erik Durm’s cross.
Half-time substitutes Alex Pritchard and Steve Mounié looked to give the visitors a more attacking threat after the break with Pritchard looking to get himself involved early on, particularly.
He was at the centre of a penalty appeal when crowded out in the City area, before firing wide minutes later.
In reply City, now attacking the South Stand, saw Adam Webster denied twice; once by Hamer with a comfortable catch from a header before a fierce drive from the centre-back which had to be blocked by Jason Puncheon.
Two great chances would follow on the hour-mark for David Wagner’s Town, with both Löwe and Jonathan Hogg wasteful; first Löwe flashed a shot inches wide of the far post from a tight angle, before the Terriers picked off City as they switched off in midfield, with Hogg slicing wide on the edge of the penalty area.
Now Town were finding their feet and more chances went begging thanks to Bailey Wright as he got back to clear the ball off the line from Mounié’s lob, before Mäenpää position himself to hold on to another shot from the Huddersfield forward.
Matty Taylor and Tomas Kalas would be Johnson’s double roll of the dice with a little more than 20 minutes remaining, and it was the loanee from Chelsea Kalas who played his part in opening the scoring.
A corner was palmed as far the defender who Brownhill lurking on the edge of the area. The City number eight drove into the Terriers box, twisting away from his marker before unleashing a low drive from a tight angle to beat Hamer.
He could have had another as the minutes ticked by, but for the strong hand of Hamer this time.
City would throw bodies in the line as Huddersfield piled on stoppage-time pressure but the full-time whistle would shortly follow after Isaac Mbenza’s fizzing strike went wide.
The win sees City progress in the FA Cup, while extending their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.
They return to Sky Bet Championship action with the visit of Bolton Wanderers to BS3 next Saturday (January 12th, 3pm KO).
Photography by JMPUK.