- English League Cup
- Saturday, September 5th 2020
- Ashton Gate
James Crawley reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol City 2-0 Exeter City
Saturday, September 5th 2020
Antoine Semenyo scored his first club goal as Dean Holden guided his men to the perfect start in a 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Exeter City at Ashton Gate.
Jamie Paterson tucked home the first-half opener while substitute Semenyo added the late second to put City into the hat for the second round of the Carabao Cup.
The result means a first win and clean sheet in the first game of the Holden era in BS3.
The head coach named youngsters James Morton and Ryley Towler from the development squad on the bench but it was his starting XI which caught the eye. Captained by Andreas Weimann, the Robins fielded the likes of Tommy Rowe, Paterson, Famara Diédhiou, and Nahki Wells in a strong side which showed how serious the hosts were about the contest.
It didn’t take them long to carve out the first opening either when Diédhiou linked up with his strike partner Wells, but the latter’s lobbed effort lacked the required dip as the ball sailed over.
Bristol City were in control of possession in the early stages, though the away side weren’t to be outplayed and the Grecians found their rhythm as the half progressed.
Matt Jay was causing a problem in the final third too and only the slightest of touches from Zak Vyner saw the ball whistle inches wide of the far post from a flat Jay strike, while Dan Bentley was at full stretch to claw away another of his efforts.
But City pounced ten minutes from the end of the first half with a free-flowing move from the back to open the scoring. Taylor Moore, who spent the latter half of last season on loan at Blackpool, rolled the ball forward for Weimann who spread the ball wide to Hunt. The right-wing back produced a perfect cross for Paterson in the middle of the box whose first-time strike found the back of the net.
A fierce effort from Wells was kept out by Lewis Ward as City looked for a second before Josh key headed wide from a corner at the other end, with the Robins going into the break with the slight advantage.
The Robins looked comfortable as they emerged for the second half, though another goal would put the game beyond doubt. Diédhiou nearly grabbed it when he cut in on the left side and tried to pick out the far corner but for a vital deflection.
Another opportunity went amiss when a free header from Wells was glanced off target and they could have paid for it when Exeter threatened from a corner.
There was a moment of ping pong in the penalty area after City failed to clear the Grecians set-piece, the ball was eventually stabbed goalwards by Ryan Bowman but it was off the mark.
With ten minutes to go, Semenyo and Tyreeq Bakinson entered the fray, midfielder Bakinson making his first competitive first-team appearance since the Carabao Cup clash with Crystal Palace three years earlier.
And Semenyo was an instant hit with a goal to double City’s lead just minutes later. His initial shot was deflected wide but kept alive by Hunt, whose ball back across the danger area was tucked home by Semenyo.
Debutant Morton was introduced for Tommy Rowe not long after as City’s fresh legs helped to see the win in the curtain raiser and secure their spot in the next round of the competition.
The draw for the second round will take place around 2pm on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
- Paterson (35') , Semenyo (83')
- Tommy Rowe, Han-Noah Massengo, Famara Diédhiou
- Lewis Page, Nigel Atangana, Matt Jay