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Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Sean Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble

PUBLISHED:

17:22 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

19:13 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sean Scannell's first-half goal sentenced Bristol City to their fifth successive defeat.

The former Crystal Palace attacker rounded off a smart move from Simon Grayson's side on 43 minutes to net what proved to be the winning goal.

City came closest to grabbing an equaliser deep into added time but Alex Smithies pulled off a superb save to keep out Stephen McManus' header.

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

The Terriers, without the suspended Jack Hunt and injured strike duo Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan, made four changes with Scannell, Oliver Norwood, Calum Woods and Paul Dixon getting the nod.

Match facts

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Woods, Dixon, P Clarke, Lynch, Norwood (Robinson, 80), Clayton, Hammill (Ward, 73), Southern, Scannell (Gerrard, 88), Novak Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Arfield, Lee

Yellow card: Woods

Scorer: Scannell, 43

Bristol City: Gerken, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Briggs, Skuse, Pearson (Woolford, 80), Elliott (Kilkenny, 64), Adomah, Baldock, Stead (Taylor, 75) Subs not used: Heaton, Wilson, Nyatanga, Anderson

Yellow cards: Fontaine, Adomah

Referee: Salisbury

Att: 12,561

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City, missing hamstrung top scorer Steven Davies, also shuffled their pack.

Liam Fontaine and Marvin Elliott returned from injury, Dean Gerken made his first npower Championship start of the season while Sam Baldock and Albert Adomah joined former Huddersfield man Jon Stead up front for struggling City.

The only real chance of an extremely quiet opening 40 minutes came from a free-kick after nine minutes after Stead was fouled on the edge of the box.

Adomah stepped up with a right-footed effort that drifted wide of Smithies' goal.

And there was very little to worry the Bristol City backline until two minutes before the break when Lee Novak's cut-back from the left wing was perfectly timed for the onrushing Scannell to mark his return to the starting line-up with a finish past Gerken from six yards out.

The visitors nearly drew level on the stroke of half-time when Cole Skuse's half-volley deflected off Peter Clarke and bounced wide.

There was another good chance shortly after the interval with Gerken forced into a fine save at his near post from Woods.

At the other end Huddersfield-born Stead had his first real sight of goal but his curling shot could not test Smithies.

The young keeper did have to be at his best just after the hour mark to deny Baldock on the line and keep his side's lead intact after the ball fell to the former West Ham forward.

Winger Adam Hammill had already seen one effort fall just wide before letting rip with a left-footed effort that fizzed over Gerken's crossbar on 68 minutes.

Ryan Taylor and Martyn Woolford were then introduced as Derek McInnes' men searched for a goal to end their miserable run of defeats.

Their next opportunity came from the right foot of the former York winger, who tried his luck from the edge of the box but his rising effort went over the bar as City continued to press.

Woolford then produced a lovely inviting ball across the box which was inches away from connecting with Baldock in added time and then in the final move of the match McManus looked to have grabbed a dramatic leveller but Smithies, at full stretch, got a hand to the Scot's effort.

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Nottingham Forest 0 Bristol City 1: Wood"s goal lifts Robins away from danger

Nottingham Forest 0 Bristol City 1: Wood's goal lifts Robins away from danger

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UPDATED:

18:55 GMT, 7 April 2012

Chris Wood marked his return to the Bristol City team with the goal that lifted the Robins out of the npower Championship relegation zone and dragged Nottingham Forest back into trouble.

Wood, on loan from West Brom, kept his cool to score from the penalty spot early in the second half after Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp had a rush of blood and upended birthday boy Jon Stead eight yards out.

It was not the first time this season that Wood had been the scourge of Forest.

Big three points: Chris Wood's goal moved Bristol City out of the relegation zone

Big three points: Chris Wood's goal moved Bristol City out of the relegation zone

MATCH FACTS

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Gunter, Chambers, Lynch, Cunningham, McCleary, Guedioura, Moussi (Tudgay 86), Reid, Majewski, Blackstock.

Subs Not Used: Smith, Wootton, Higginbotham, Elokobi.

Booked: Camp, Cunningham.

Bristol City: Gerken, Foster, Amougou, Carey, McAllister, Ephraim (Adomah 53), Skuse, Cisse, Woolford, Stead (Kilkenny 68), Wood.

Subs Not Used: James, Pitman, Edwards.

Booked: Gerken.

Goals: Wood 55 pen.

Attendance: 22,851

Referee: Jock Waugh

The 20-year-old striker netted twice at the City Ground in October during a loan spell at Birmingham to help the Blues to a 3-1 victory.

His goal this time round edged the Robins up to 40 points, within three of their opponents.

Forest were unchanged after an impressive 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace last weekend.
Wood's inclusion was one of three changes made by City boss Derek McInnes.

Full-back Jamie McAllister and midfielder Martyn Woolford were also recalled.

The first half was bereft of real goalscoring chances until the 38th minute when visiting goalkeeper Dean Gerken pushed Andy Reid's shot from the left side of the area past his near post.

Steve Cotterill's side had dominated without really carving City open and it was against the run of play when the goal came.

Camp made a mess of a Richard Foster cross, pushing the ball back into the area from under his own crossbar. Then after Stead had controlled the loose ball, Camp rushed out and upended the striker.

He was booked for the foul before getting a strong left hand to Wood's spot-kick, however, the Northern Ireland international could only push the ball into the side of his net.

From there on in it was much of the same – intense Forest pressure. Cotterill's team were creating chances in the second half though, but found City keeper Gerken in inspired form.

Gerken athletically tipped Dexter Blackstock's header over the bar on the hour mark.
He pushed away a header from Marcus Tudgay in the 88th minute before Reid curled an effort agonisingly wide from the edge of the box immediately afterwards.

Gerken then dived to hold another header from Forest captain Luke Chambers in injury time, with several Forest players circling looking to pounce on a rebound.

City held on for their first league win over Forest since 1947 and their first victory at the City Ground since 1955.