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Semenyo up and running in City colours

Antoine Semenyo celebrated his first senior goal to help the Robins advance into the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Dean Holden’s first competitive game in charge since being appointed head coach saw his side welcome Exeter City to Ashton Gate and it didn’t take Semenyo long to repay the faith shown in him.

With Jamie Paterson’s strike being the difference between the sides, Semenyo entered the fray with ten minutes remaining and he got himself into a pocket of space to tuck home Jack Hunt’s cross having had an initial shot deflected.

“I am of course happy to net my first goal,” Semenyo told Robins TV. “It takes the weight off my shoulders a little bit but I’m buzzing for that first goal, I’m so happy.

“I have to give a shout out to Hunty [Jack Hunt] for the assist, and hopefully there’s more to come.

“It was a great defensive performance today, we did really well. There were phases where they had the ball in our box, but we defended really well and saw it through.”

Semenyo bags his first senior City goal

In the second period, James Morton was introduced from the bench for his City debut, while Tyreeq Bakinson made his first competitive first-team appearance since the Carabao Cup clash with Crystal Palace three years earlier – something Semenyo was thrilled to witness.

Semenyo added: “I’m glad the manager has given us all an opportunity. Us young players have been training hard since pre-season, so I’m pleased we all got to play today and hopefully there’s more to come.

“I spoke to the gaffer and he’s given me some tips on what to work on this season, so I am working on that everyday so when my opportunity does come, I take it.”

The draw for the second round will take place around 2pm on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

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