- English Football League - Championship
- Tuesday, November 3rd 2020
- John Smith's Stadium
James Crawley reports from John Smith's Stadium
Report: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Bristol City
Tuesday, November 3rd 2020
City’s substitutes helped Dean Holden’s men turn the tide at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Jamie Paterson rifling home a later winner to overcome Huddersfield Town 2-1.
The Robins had to come from behind to earn their first win since the start of October. Nahki Wells hit the crossbar but it was Josh Koroma who tucked the home side ahead just before half-time.
But a tactical shuffle helped the Robins find a way back into the game under the Yorkshire lights, with substitute Antoine Semenyo assisting Jay Dasilva to score his first goal for the club.
Semenyo would then hit the post but Dasilva eventually went from scoring to assisting in the same attack, with his cross swept home by substitute Paterson inside the 83rd minute.
The win lifts City up to sixth in the Sky Bet Championship.
Head Coach Holden made two changes for the game with Tommy Rowe and Ádám Nagy brought into the starting XI ahead of Taylor Moore and Paterson. Tyreeq Bakinson had to be withdrawn after being included in the original line-up after experiencing a severe headache, and he was replaced by Nagy. As a result, Opi Edwards earned a place on the bench.
Only the upright prevented Wells from giving City an early lead. Chris Martin would’ve added to his assists tally when he passed the ball inside to his forward partner, and Wells’ first-time shot glided through the air and bounced off the crossbar before it was clutched by the grateful Huddersfield goalkeeper Ben Hamer.
Clever hold-up play from Martin once more gave him time to pick out the run of Callum O’Dowda – a bright spark in this game, making his third consecutive start - but the Republic of Ireland international couldn’t steer his shot on target.
Pipa would fire over, while Zak Vyner met a Chris Brunt corner but headed wide from close range as the half progressed. The young defender should’ve done much better and those wasted chances came to haunt the away side before the half was out.
The Robins had been defensively solid to this point, yet the Terriers would take the lead through a late first-half suckerpunch. The backline would be beaten on this occasion with Fraizer Campbell unleashed down the right and his low cross was perfect for Koroma to curl the ball into the far corner.
Holden changed shape in the second half with Tommy Rowe sacrificed for Famara Diédhiou, as the head coach went four at the back alongside another forward option. Semenyo and Paterson would soon join the Senegal striker with Wells and Brunt subbed off, respectively.
City pushed on and got their reward with an equalising goal through an unlikely source. Semenyo was pivotal, working hard to create the opportunity for a cross and recovered when it looked like he may have overdone it, but he squeezed a low ball across the face of goal and Dasilva was on hand to tap City level at the far post.
Minutes later City capitalised again following chaos in the Terriers box. Semenyo was proving busy once more, smacking a shot against the post, while O’Dowda did well to keep possession in the aftermath. He forced the ball wide to Dasilva and the left-back turned the ball into Paterson’s path who smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
It was deflating for Huddersfield but City ultimately proved themselves hard to beat on this occasion, exactly as Holden had called for ahead of the game.
City return to action away to Cardiff City for a Friday night Severnside derby (November 6th, 6pm KO). The match is live on Sky Sports so will not be available to supporters via Robins TV.
- Koroma (43')
- Christopher Schindler, Isaac Mbenza, Josh Koroma
- Dasilva (77') , Paterson (83')
- Tommy Rowe, Chris Brunt, Nahki Wells