Gallery: Bristol City 2-0 FC Twente
Posted: Friday, July 28th 2017
Friday, July 28th 2017
City passed their toughest pre-season test with flying colours, easing to victory over FC Twente of the Dutch top flight.
Marlon Pack met Jamie Paterson’s free kick with a downward header to give City the lead in a first half in which Eros Pisano and Famara Diédhiou both struck the woodwork.
Joe Bryan’s curling free kick doubled the advantage ten minutes into the second period at Ashton Gate.
Twente finished seventh in the Eredivisie last season, but Frank Fielding remained a virtual spectator from start to finish in the City goal.
The hosts made a statement of intent by launching an incisive attack within the first minute. Paterson’s cute backheel and Bobby Reid’s first-time pass combined to set free Bryan down the left, whose cross to the far post was steered narrowly wide by Josh Brownhill.
Then Bryan saw a shot blocked before a Brownhill cross was headed over by Pisano, with Paterson perhaps better placed to score stood behind the Italian.
Pisano already has two goals to his name in pre-season and must have thought he’d got a third when he adjusted his body to divert Bryan’s cross towards goal.
The delivery may have taken a touch on the way through, forcing the defender to improvise at the last second and flick a heel at the ball from no more than six yards with the goalkeeper already out of the equation, but his effort cannoned out off the face of the crossbar.
Virtually the entire game was being played in the Twente half. City had another sight of goal when the lively Brownhill vacated his touchline and played a pair of one-twos before teeing up Korey Smith, whose curling shot had to be tipped over.
Lee Johnson’s side had the goal their dominance deserved in the 27th minute, as Paterson chipped up a free kick from the right side of the penalty area on to the head of Pack – a late arrival at the far post who gleefully nodded home.
City looked good value for more goals and should have doubled the lead seven minutes later.
Reid fizzed a low pass into the unmarked Diédhiou, who took the ball expertly in his stride with a super first touch.
But as the keeper advanced, City’s record signing sent a firm side-footed shot crashing against the base of the post, missing the chance to mark his Ashton Gate debut with a goal.
Johnson made a trio of changes at the interval including both central defenders, with Aden Flint and Hordur Magnusson replacing Bailey Wright and Jens Hegeler.
Elsewhere, Callum O’Dowda was given 45 minutes to impress on the right flank and Brownhill offered a rest ahead of next week’s Sky Bet Championship opener against his former club Barnsley.
But rather than O’Dowda’s, it was another of City’s trusted lefties that doubled the advantage ten minutes after the restart.
Awarded a set-piece 20 yards out just to the left of the ‘D’, the angle was possibly better suited for a right footer.
But Bryan had other ideas as the ball was nudged towards him, opening up the angle for the Bristolian to curl a delightful free kick around the wall to beat Joel Drommel at his near post.
There were further opportunities for Paterson, denied by Drommel, and Diédhiou, who took another good first touch but rather snatched at the second.
Twente finally offered something for their 63 travelling supporters to get excited about when substitute Jari Oosterwijk let fly from distance, but still Fielding remained untested as he watched the shot skid beyond his left-hand post.
Instead it was Drommel still making saves, as Pack's disguised free kick stung the palms of the Netherlands Under-20 international.
Bristol City: Fielding, Pisano, Wright (Flint 46), Hegeler (Magnusson 46), Bryan (Kelly 70), Brownhill (O'Dowda 46), K.Smith, Pack, Paterson (Morrell 81), Reid (Engvall 63), Diédhiou (Hinds 81).
Scorers: Pack 27, Bryan 55.
Attendance: 5,330 (63 away).
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