It may not have ended the way he will have wanted it, but Bristol City’s Carabao Cup meeting with Championship rivals QPR is one that will stay with Han-Noah Massengo will remember for quite some time.
After the Frenchman joined the Robins from French side Monaco during the summer transfer window, manager Lee Johnson elected to hand Massengo his debut at Loftus Road on Tuesday night, with the 18-year-old playing the full 90 minutes of the Carabao Cup tie.
Ultimately, however, it was to be a disappointing start to Massengo’s Bristol City career in what was a topsy-turvy game in London. Having led 1-0 and then trailed 2-1 in the first half an hour, the Robins then hit back to lead 3-2, only for Ryan Manning’s late spot-kick for QPR to take the game to penalties.
From there, it was Rangers who took victory in the shootout, running out 5-4 winners after seven penalties each to seal their place in the second round.
After the match, Massengo, who did not take a penalty for Bristol City, took to social media to reflect on his debut for the club.
In a post on the midfielder’s Twitter page, Massengo spoke about his happiness to make his debut for the club despite the sad end to the game.
The 18-year-old also revealed that he was looking forward to appearing for the club again, with Lee Johnson’s side next in action on Saturday, when they host the same opponents, QPR, in the Championship at Ashton Gate…
Sad end last night but happy to have played my first game with the team. Now looking forward for the next ones pic.twitter.com/bXwutNDfCW
— Han-Noah Massengo (@hn_massengo) August 14, 2019
It certainly feels as though this will be the first of many Bristol City appearances for Massengo.
Having already shown the ability to be signed up for a team the size of Monaco, and then handed appearances for their senior side while still a teenager, it is clear that the 18-year-old has plenty of potential to be exploited.
With Massengo coming through the full 90 minutes and seemingly impressing in the process, you imagine that those next appearances could be coming sooner rather than later for the teenager.
Indeed, following a slow start to the season, that sort of hunger and desire to perform could be just what Lee Johnson’s side need to kickstart their Championship campaign.