Two first half goals gave Bristol City a vital win over fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium yesterday.
Jonathan Kodjia put the Robins in front with just seven minutes gone when he connected with Marlon Pack’s free-kick.
Huddersfield could have got back on level terms just three minutes later when Luke Ayling bundled over Nahki Wells in the box, but Emyr Huws’s penalty was poor and easily saved by Frank Fielding.
It got worse for the Terriers when Aden Flint was left unmarked from Luke Freeman’s set-piece to power in a header to double City’s lead on 29 minutes.
David Wagner’s side dominated the second half but couldn’t find that breakthrough until substitute Harry Bunn lashed in an effort from around 30 yards out.
Joe Lolley hit a shot just wide before seeing an effort from the edge of the area that hit the post while Fielding denied Kyle Dempsey with a low effort at the death.
Football League World writer Sean Makin identifies three things we learned from yesterday’s match…
1) Bristol City got their game plan spot on
Bristol City pushed high up the pitch straight from the kick-off and it seemed to unsettle Huddersfield.
They got their reward when a superb delivery from a Pack free-kick saw Kodjia put Steve Cotterill’s side in the lead inside ten minutes.
They doubled their lead with another well-worked set-piece that saw Flint score, and the Robins could have added more before the break with Huddersfield’s on-loan goalkeeper Jed Steer denying Aaron Wilbraham with a smart save.
When Huddersfield did press forward City had men back in numbers to frustrate them and easily dealt with crosses that came into the box.
2) Poor first half cost Huddersfield dear
The Terriers never got going in the first half and it cost them in this match against Bristol City.
Hopes were high after a 2-0 win away at Birmingham City the previous week but the performance, particularly in the first 45, was as miserable as the weather at the John Smith’s Stadium.
It was two set-pieces that undid Huddersfield and to leave the tallest player on the field in Flint unmarked at the far post was almost criminal.
Obviously no-one told the Town players that this guy had scored 15 goals last season, with most coming from set plays.
3) Huddersfield missed Dean Whitehead
Wagner is without midfielder Dean Whitehead for around eight weeks to an injury he suffered in the win over Birmingham last week, and his side missed his influence in this game against Bristol City.
He has arguably been Town’s best player in recent weeks and his leadership in the middle of the park was missed against a well-organised Bristol City side.
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