Bristol City 2-1 Huddersfield Town: Diedhiou double sinks Town
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A five minute double from Famara Diedhiou was enough to secure Bristol City victory over Huddersfield at Ashton Gate.

Town gave everything but were often wasteful and found Daniel Bentley in inspired form. 

They did get a goal midway through the second half from Juninho Bacuna, but couldn't find a second to steal a point. 

  • Story of the game

Carlos Corberan made one change to his side from Saturday's narrow home defeat against Millwall with Isaac Mbenza returning to the side having recovered from an achilles strain. He replaced Danny Ward who missed out due to a calf injury. 

There was a first appearance in a matchday squad for recent signing Sorba Thomas, while Lewis O’Brien made the 100th league start of his career in the centre of midfield.

As for Bristol City, they were spearheaded by former Town and Bradford City striker Naki Wells, while former town loanee Kasey Palmer lined up in the centre of the Robins midfield.  

Bristol City flew out of the traps at Ashton Gate and should have been ahead in two minutes. It was Wells against his former club finding himself alone in the box. He tried to glance a header on target but his radar was just off and it went wide. 

Town didn't get swept away though and had a chance of their own after eight minutes. Lewis O'Brien picked up the ball in midfield and drove forward past three red shirts before unleashing a shot which Daniel Bentley in the City goal was forced to tip onto the bar. 

The game settled with a lot of possession in the middle but few chances before the twenty minute mark. 

After that the hosts took control. They hit the front after twenty three minutes. Alfie Mawson brought the ball out of defence and played a quick through ball. Anton Semeyo dummied it allowing it to run to Famara Diedhiou who rounded Ryan Schofield with ease before slotting into the empty net. 

He then doubled his and Bristol City's tally three minutes later. Kasey Palmer getting on the ball in midfield and playing an excellent incisive pass through to the Senegalese number nine. He took a touch to set himself and smashed his shot across Schofield into the bottom corner for his sixth Championship goal of the season. 

Despite having been blown out of the contest Huddersfield mounted a comeback. They had more of the ball but it took till the thirty first minute for them to register a chance of note. The returning Mbenza whipped the free-kick in and Naby Sarr managed to steal a charge on the defender but couldn't put his header on goal. 

They then had another chance. Alex Vallejo meeting a cross on the half volley which looped towards goal and required a goal line clearance from Jack Hunt flicking it onto the bar. 

Town looked to end the half strongly and nearly did. Captain for the night Harry Toffolo ended up with the ball in the box but it was right back Pipa with the good play in the buildup. Once the Town left back got the ball he lacked composure, slicing his effort into the side netting to end the half with the hosts two up. 

But the Terriers had been encouraged by their late flurry and resumed their comeback attempt at the start of the second half. First Bentley was forced to race out of his goal to deny Fraizer Campbell a one on one. He was then called into action moments later to stop a Lewis O'Brien long range drive which looked destined for the bottom corner. 

Toffolo then hit the side netting again this time from a corner as Huddersfield continued their siege of the Bristol goal without seeing any reward. Isaac Mbenza's dipping free kick also went close shortly after. 

Town finally had something to show for their play just before the hour mark. January signing and former Robin academy player Rolando Aarons drove into the box and slotted across for Isaac Mbenza. With his path to goal blocked he backhealed the ball to Juninho Bacuna who made no mistake to throw Town a lifeline. 

They nearly repeated their hosts trick and should have been level three minutes later. Toffolo was growing into the game and his cross was excelent to pick Campbell out six yards from goal. The town striker chose to hit it on the volley but put it wide with the goal at his mercy. 

Bristol City started to get a foot in the game having more possession but still offered little in the way of threat. 

Huddersfield continued to carry threat, most of which came from distance. Vallejo crashing an effort against the cross bar from twenty five yards out as they continued to trail. 

Bentley had been great all game but he came into his own late on. He was equal to Campbell's header from close range but his save from Bacuna was top drawer. The Town number seven found space from distance and released a fierce effort that seemed a certain goal but Bentley got across and with his fingertips diverted it over. 

The Terriers’ night was summed up in stoppage time when they hit the post for the fourth time. Pipa burst into the box and released an effort that clattered off Campbell. It could have gone anywhere and with Bentley beaten it slammed off the woodwork to conclude a  frustrating night for Town

  • Man of the Match - Daniel Bentley 

While Famara Diedhiou and his two goals made him a top candidate for this award, he faded quickly and was subbed off before the hour mark. A player who was key for the hosts throughout the whole game was their number one. Without him, Huddersfield may have won the game but instead they head north empty handed. His save from Bacuna late on summed him up, he was inspired. He will be frustrated  to have conceded but there was little he could have done and he will be pleased with his days work. 

  • Takeaways - What could have been for Town

Huddersfield were excellent tonight and can feel very hard done by to leave empty handed. But they were the makers of their own downfall. For five minutes they lost complete control of the game and allowed Bristol City to put the contest to bed before Huddersfield had even got going. 

They gave it everything and were unlucky to face Bentley in that sort of form. They can take positives, as an attacking unit they created plenty and for most of the game made a good side look average. But, the game sums up a lot of Coberan's tenure at the helm, making their own problems and not being able to fix them.