Semenyo’s recovery coming on well: Talking points from Bristol City’s 3-2 defeat to Huddersfeld
The Robins went ahead through Weimann but an equaliser from Duane Holmes, followed by goals from Daniel Strinani and Danny Ward saw the Terriers leave with all three points, despite a second Weimann goal.
Here are key talking points from what was at times a frantic match at Ashton Gate.
Semenyo’s recovery coming on well
Antoine Semenyo only recently returned to the first-team fold after dealing with an injury but he’s finding his feet again now.
A crucial equaliser last week and two assists for Weimann today shows that he’s getting confident again.
Today was quite a frustrating day for him in front of goal. He had a handful of opportunities but was denied by the post on a couple of occasions, as well as a few good saves from Lee Nicholls.
It will be interesting to see whether given his two assists it may be best suited to play him as a wing-back as that is where his two key passes to Weimann came from. He’s predominantly a winger and has been converted into a striker but he’ll need to work on putting his chances away.
At the moment, the favoured partnership is Chris Martin and Semenyo, so it remains to be seen whether Semenyo remains in that position, as he’s probably competing in a place for Nahki Wells.
Benarous wing-back experiment
Youngster Ayman Benarous endured a difficult afternoon in an unfamiliar role at wing-back today. Down his flank it was his job to stop the cross of Sorba Thomas but ultimately Danny Ward scored from it.
Last week after Alex Scott’s injury, Benarous played in the role and did okay, so he was given a go in Callum O’Dowda’s place.
The goals conceded today came from perhaps the full-backs being out of position as well as the central defenders being caught out. These goals weren’t anything out of the ordinary and instead quite simple goals that could have been defended against.
Benarous’ position is predominantly a midfielder and with both Cameron Pring and Jay Dasilva on the bench today it does beg the question why he was fancied over the pair.
It could be argued that because this is a season of transition that games like this can be used to experiment but it did feel like a square peg in a round hole today in this selection.
Fan ejected for throwing projectile
There were seven minutes of additional time today in which Weimann scored in, but that can stem from the time it took for the game to restart. As Sorba Thomas lined up to take a corner, he was apparently struck by an item. A second item then followed before a few chants were put in his direction. Thomas was visibly upset and the players were taken to the dugouts until the situation could be cooled down.
A club statement was issued moments after the full-time whistle, reading: “Bristol City condemns the behaviour that led to a stoppage in play during this afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship match against Huddersfield Town.
“An individual was immediately ejected and handed over to the police following the incident, in which objects were thrown at a Huddersfield Town player. Such behaviour is unacceptable and will be dealt with in the strongest manner.”
Credit to the club for identifying the individual and taking such swift action. It’s an event that could have had some repercussions for the club.