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Bristol City 5-2 Huddersfield Town: Hosts go fifth with comfortable win over Terriers

Andreas Weimann
Andreas Weimann (right) made it 5-1 to the hosts in the 49th minute

Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley believes his struggling side lacked "good men" after they were hammered by Championship play-off hopefuls Bristol City.

The hosts took an early lead when Josh Brownhill turned in Andreas Weimann's effort at goal before Terriers defender Terence Kongolo put through his own net under pressure from Nathan Baker.

Karlan Grant got the visitors back in it with a fine finish, but Niclas Eliasson restored the hosts' two-goal cushion just 67 seconds later with a powerful effort and Ashley Williams headed in an Eliasson corner to make it 4-1 at half-time.

Weimann finished calmly after being played in behind the visitors' defence before Juninho Bacuna notched a Huddersfield consolation from 20 yards.

"I thought it went beyond football, it's about good men," Cowley told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I have been involved in some successful teams that have had good men, and we were well short of them today."

He added: "I actually felt ashamed when I went over to applaud our fans at the end.

"We are pampered and flew down yesterday when they were working to earn the money to come and watch us.

"Now they face a long journey home and I feel for them because they stuck behind the players throughout the game and were a credit to our club."

Huddersfield are winless in four and just two points above the relegation zone ahead of next week's clash with table-topping local rivals Leeds.

"There is a lot of things wrong, there is no hiding place from that," said Cowley when asked if changes were needed.

"People make dressing rooms, people make football clubs and you need good men, and we didn't have enough good men today.

"I'm not into public hangings, I don't think that's the right way to go about things, I don't think that's going to help the football club, certainly not in the short term, but if you were here today, you would know."

The win took City up to fifth and was the perfect response from Lee Johnson's men after their midweek 4-1 defeat at promotion-chasing West Brom.

Johnson made five changes from the team who started the game at The Hawthorns, including just a fourth start of the season for winger Eliasson.

The former Sweden Under-21 international enjoyed a brilliant afternoon, with a goal and two assists in the first half.

City will be looking to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since August when they travel to third-placed Fulham.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"The boys were fantastic. It has been a tough week for us for a number of reasons and I thought we were outstanding to a man.

"We were very bright and a lot of stuff we've been working on really came to fruition today.

"Niclas doesn't get in to the back post often enough so for him to get in the box like that and score will be one he will enjoy for sure.

"We felt a result like this was coming so that was why the West Brom result was so disappointing. To have the moment of quality and sheer brilliance we had was very pleasing.

"We've got to keep going now. If we get a punch on the nose we've got to learn our lessons, as we did on Wednesday, and bounce back really quickly."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Bentley
  • 2HuntSubstituted forLopes Pereiraat 67'minutes
  • 29Williams
  • 6BakerSubstituted forMooreat 60'minutes
  • 25Rowe
  • 8Brownhill
  • 42Massengo
  • 4NagySubstituted forSmithat 72'minutes
  • 19Eliasson
  • 14Weimann
  • 9Diédhiou

Substitutes

  • 7Smith
  • 18Semenyo
  • 23Moore
  • 31Ríos Lozano
  • 32Lopes Pereira
  • 33Mäenpää
  • 45Palmer

Huddersfield

  • 1Grabara
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 26Schindler
  • 5KongoloSubstituted forDalyat 77'minutes
  • 39O'BrienBooked at 86mins
  • 9Kachunga
  • 27Stankovic
  • 6Hogg
  • 16Grant
  • 7Bacuna
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forDiakhabyat 6'minutesSubstituted forKoromaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Diakhaby
  • 13Coleman
  • 19Koroma
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Mounie
  • 37Harratt
  • 41Daly
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
20,762

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 5, Huddersfield Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 5, Huddersfield Town 2.

Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Lewis O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Korey Smith.

Attempt missed. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg following a corner.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

Booking

Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town).

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town).

Taylor Moore (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Matty Daly replaces Terence Kongolo because of an injury.

Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Bristol City).

Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Korey Smith replaces Ádám Nagy.

Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Niclas Eliasson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Pedro Pereira replaces Jack Hunt.

Attempt missed. Josh Koroma (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City).

Attempt blocked. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ádám Nagy (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Taylor Moore replaces Nathan Baker.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 5, Huddersfield Town 2. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elias Kachunga.

Attempt saved. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

Offside, Bristol City. Han-Noah Massengo tries a through ball, but Andreas Weimann is caught offside.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Niclas Eliasson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 5, Huddersfield Town 1. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top left corner.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Tommy Rowe (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds19124328101840
2West Brom18116135191639
3Fulham19105431191235
4Nottm Forest1895424141032
5Bristol City198833127432
6Preston189453122931
7Brentford1993729141530
8Swansea198652420430
9Sheff Wed198562618829
10Cardiff197752725228
11Blackburn198382627-127
12Hull197573026426
13Millwall196852325-226
14Derby196762025-525
15Birmingham197481924-525
16QPR197482837-925
17Charlton196582626023
18Reading186392223-121
19Huddersfield194692231-918
20Middlesbrough193881627-1117
21Luton1952122540-1517
22Wigan1944111731-1416
23Stoke1942132033-1314
24Barnsley1926112138-1712
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