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Bristol City 4-0 Huddersfield Town

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport
Tammy Abraham
Bristol City had not won a game in which Tammy Abraham (right) had scored since 1 October

Tammy Abraham scored his 22nd goal of the season as struggling Bristol City stunned Huddersfield Town to dent the Terriers' automatic promotion hopes.

Lee Tomlin rounded Danny Ward to slot City ahead, after Town's Jonathan Hogg was taken off on a stretcher following a 14-minute stoppage.

Chelsea loanee Abraham made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, before Aden Flint superbly flicked in City's third.

David Cotterill's penalty, after Joe Bryan was fouled, sealed victory.

Lee Johnson's side, who had won only twice in 22 league matches prior to beating Wigan Athletic last Saturday, have now recorded back-to-back successes for the first time since 1 October and move up to 19th in the table.

Huddersfield had won eight of their previous 10 Championship games to keep up the pressure on the top two, but remain six points adrift of second-placed Brighton after coming up against a Bristol City side in inspired form.

David Wagner's team struggled to impose their familiar high-tempo, high-pressing game on the Robins, and never really recovered after Hogg had to be withdrawn in the first half following a clash with team-mate Mark Hudson.

The 28-year-old received lengthy treatment to his neck and back from both sets of medical staff before being stretchered off to applause from all four sides of Ashton Gate.

He was understood to be conscious and talking in the dressing room before being taken to hospital for a scan.

Tomlin's composed finish deservedly put City in front, and 19-year-old Abraham doubled the advantage after displaying brilliant movement and striker's instinct to stab home at the near post.

Centre-half Flint, who struck the winner at Wigan, made it 3-0 with a brilliant between-the-legs flick before Cotterill's penalty into the top corner lifted the Robins back out of the relegation zone.

'This result will be a massive tonic for dad'

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson: "As far as my players are concerned, I was delighted with every one of them. They carried out our game plan perfectly and it was great to produce such a terrific performance in front of our own fans.

"I hope we silenced a few doubters tonight. I saw this display coming and was confident before the game. Now we go into the international break with real momentum."

On father and Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson, who underwent heart surgery on Thursday: "This result will be a massive tonic for dad and I want to thank the football world for all the goodwill expressed towards him and our family.

"The heart surgery was performed by Joe Bryan's dad, which we didn't want to talk about before the game.

"I am grateful to him and all the hospital staff. Dad is doing okay and the test results are encouraging.

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner: "Bristol City were strong and we under-performed. I have never spoken about automatic promotion and we now need to use the international break to refresh and respond to this result.

"We are in a very good position with nine games to go and we have been through too much together as a group for me to question my players."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fielding
  • 7Smith
  • 4Flint
  • 42Wright
  • 3Bryan
  • 6O'NeilSubstituted forHegelerat 86'minutes
  • 21Pack
  • 32Cotterill
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forBrownhillat 81'minutes
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forWilbrahamat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Brownhill
  • 12Taylor
  • 14Reid
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 23Magnusson
  • 31Hegeler
  • 33Giefer

Huddersfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 5Hudson
  • 26Schindler
  • 15Löwe
  • 6HoggSubstituted forBillingat 22'minutesBooked at 52mins
  • 10Mooy
  • 9KachungaSubstituted forLolleyat 45'minutes
  • 37BrownSubstituted forQuanerat 67'minutes
  • 17van La Parra
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 8Billing
  • 12Holmes-Dennis
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 16Payne
  • 18Lolley
  • 23Quaner
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
16,984

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away1
Fouls
Home21
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 4, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 4, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Philip Billing.

  5. Post update

    Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town).

  8. Post update

    Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town).

  12. Post update

    Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Jens Hegeler replaces Gary O'Neil.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Tammy Abraham.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 4, Huddersfield Town 0. David Cotterill (Bristol City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Bristol City. Joe Bryan draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Josh Brownhill replaces Lee Tomlin.

  19. Post update

    Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by David Cotterill (Bristol City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle37245870323877
2Brighton37238663313277
3Huddersfield37225104743471
4Reading38207115149267
5Leeds372061150361466
6Sheff Wed38188124839962
7Fulham371613865442161
8Preston371511115145656
9Norwich37159136356754
10Derby371410133936352
11Barnsley37149145553251
12Aston Villa371212133739-248
13Cardiff37139155053-348
14Brentford37138165554147
15QPR37138164150-947
16Ipswich371015123744-745
17Birmingham371111153854-1644
18Wolves36119164347-442
19Bristol City38118195053-341
20Burton371011163648-1241
21Nottm Forest37117195162-1140
22Blackburn37912164455-1139
23Wigan37810193142-1134
24Rotherham3745283282-5017
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