After Saturday’s round of Championship fixtures, Lee Johnson’s Bristol City saw themselves rise to fifth in the table following a 5-2 demolition of Huddersfield Town at Ashton Gate. The result for Danny Cowley’s Terriers has left the Yorkshire club in 18th, just two points above the relegation zone.

However, when consulting the match’s statistics, it seems somewhat of an oddity how the Robins were able to win so convincingly. The visitors boasted a greater possession percentage, 59% to City’s 41%, a much greater number of passes and accurate percentage, 527 completed passes with 80% accuracy to the home side’s 365 and 74%. Coupled with only one fewer shot, 11 to City’s 12, and the same number of corners, four.

Admittedly, Johnson’s side’s xG was far greater, with 1.58 to Town’s 0.69, however, that does not prove quite as night and day as the result does. This tactical analysis will, therefore, dissect the clash between the two sides and highlight key areas of their tactics. Analysis will also be used to explain how they had an impact on the outcome of the game.

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