Diedhiou included in squad for Yeovil
Posted: Friday, July 14th 2017
Saturday, July 15th 2017
City will head off to Tenerife for their pre-season training camp in confident mood after another routine victory, this time at the expense of Yeovil Town.
Lee Johnson’s side scored three times in six first-half minutes to take the game away from the hosts.
Bobby Reid continued his fine summer form with a brace, while Hordur Magnusson scored with a brave header in between.
Club-record signing Famara Diédhiou made his first appearance in City colours, closely supported by Reid up front.
The Senegalese striker showed flashes of his ability with some sharp turns and clever touches, but City initially struggled to turn ample possession into clear chances.
At the other end, Connor Smith and Otis Khan tried their luck from distance but neither could force Frank Fielding to make a save.
When City made the breakthrough midway through the first half it would come via the direct route.
Magnusson made the long trot across to the touchline down by the corner flag to launch in a long throw that was flicked on by Aden Flint and finished off from close range by the sliding Reid.
Flint had not been named in City’s initial starting line-up and was instead drafted in as a late replacement for Jens Hegeler.
But the big man was involved again three minutes later when his towering header from Jamie Paterson’s long free kick was converted by Magnusson, as the defender bravely nodded home in front of Yeovil keeper Jonathan Maddison, who came flying out fists first.
Two became three in the 28th minute when O’Dowda ran to the byeline and pulled the ball back for Reid, who was lurking just behind the penalty spot to score his second with a clinical low shot.
O’Dowda might have scored himself right at the end of the first half from an incisive City counter-attack, but his curling effort from Korey Smith’s pass just whistled past the post.
Fielding would finally be called into action after the interval, standing tall in front of Khan to make a save at close quarters before rushing from his area to clear the loose ball.
The City keeper still was yet to concede a goal in pre-season at this point and looked unbeatable when Rhys Browne connected sweetly from 25 yards, diving low to his right to repel the shot.
Meanwhile, Maddison was kept on his toes by some accurate long-range shooting from Jamie Paterson and Reid, who was hat-trick hunting.
Diédhiou’s debut would come to an end after 57 minutes – just enough time to squeeze in a crafty nutmeg on the halfway line met by a roar of approval from nearly 1,000 travelling City fans.
Plenty more substitutions would follow, including ten at once for the Glovers, who did pull one back 14 minutes from time.
Smith felt he was fouled in the build-up but Olomola was allowed to continue and took full advantage, reducing the deficit with a stunning left-footed shot from 25 yards that beat Fielding to the keeper’s left.
Bristol City: Fielding, Pisano (Pack 66), Flint, Magnusson (Moore 57), Bryan (Golbourne 66), O'Dowda (Morton 85), Brownhill, K.Smith (J.Smith 85), Paterson (Edwards 78), Reid (De Girolamo 78), Diédhiou (Hinds 57).
Attendance: 2,636 (883 away).
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