Bristol City 4-0 Huddersfield Player Ratings: Creative Cotterill

Abraham celebrates the Robins’ second –

Bristol City helped their survival chances with a 4-0 win over promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town. They got their goals from Lee Tomlin, Tammy Abraham, Aden Flint and a David Cotterill penalty – but how did players on both teams rate?

Bristol City

Frank Fielding – pushed away Van La Parra’s first half effort and denied Quaner after the break. Did well when called upon. 8

Kory Smith – modest attacking contribution but showed good defensive positioning and made some crucial last-ditch interventions in the second half. 7
Aden Flint – snuffed out danger quickly. Deserved his goal, even if the nature of it was fancier than expected! 9
Bailey Wright – didn’t attack the ball as much as Flint but was quietly effective. 7
Joe Bryan – could have better handled Tommy Smith’s second half forays, but won the penalty off Billing. 6

Gary O’Neil – assisted Flint’s goal and battled well in midfield. His experience made him an important figure on a big evening for the club. 9
Marlon Pack – did the simple things well, though he gave the ball away to Brown in a dangerous area which led to a Huddersfield chance at 1-0. 6

David Cotterill – had Lowe pinned back for much of the game and put in some good deliveries. Could have used his left foot on occasions. 9
Lee Tomlin – a touch wasteful early on but he always took the initiave to make things happen. Spotted the opening for his goal. 7
Callum O’Dowda – lively and got in behind Smith on occasions, though his tracking back in the second half wasn’t as good as before the interval. 7

Tammy Abraham – showed clever movement for his goal and worked hard throughout. 8

Josh Brownhill (on 81)
Aaron Wilbraham (on 86)
Jens Hegeler (on 86)

Huddersfield Town

Danny Ward – a shaky performance made worse by poor distribution. 2

Tommy Smith – his positional play was naïve, but in the second half, he got in down the right more often. 4
Mark Hudson – made the error for Tomlin’s opener and looked sluggish thereafter. 2
Christoher Schindler – struggled without the influence of Michael Hefele alongside him. 3
Chris Loewe – pinned back for much of the first half and failed to quell the threat posed by Cotterill. 3

Jonathan Hogg – thankfully, early reports suggest his injury is not as bad as first feared. Huddersfield’s performance in Hogg’s absence underlined how much they need him. 5
Aaron Mooy – a few nice touches and passes into the final third, but didn’t have his usual controlling influence. 4

Elias Kachunga – anonymous in the first half, his one moment coming when he laid the ball off for Van La Parra’s effort from inside the box. 3
Izzy Brown – stole the ball off Pack for one first half breakaway, but was otherwise quiet. 3
Rajiv van La Parra – could have attacked the flank more but got on the ball a lot, had Huddersfield’s closest efforts and was one of the few who tried to make things happen. 5

Nahki Wells – couldn’t get a kick in the first half. Dropped deeper into a more creative role when Quaner came on, but Huddersfield missed his poaching instincts in the box. 4

Phillip Billing (on 22) – needs the licence to push into the opposing half and create. Didn’t get that freedom when replacing Hogg, rather than playing alongside him. 2
Joe Lolley (on 45) – good energy and movement, if lacking a finishing touch. Offered more in the second half than Kachunga did in the first. 6
Collin Quaner (on 67) – offered a focal point and the option to go direct against a team protecting a lead, something Wells doesn’t. Used his power to get away one or two decent shots. 6