Feast for Fa­mara af­ter Brum spit row

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Tony Sten­son By IAN ED­WARDS

Leno 6; Bel­lerin 6, Sokratis 6, Licht­steiner 6 (Iwobi (46th) 6), Ko­lasinac 6; Mustafi

6 (Mon­real (70th) 5), Tor­reira 7, Guen­douzi 6, Xhaka

6; La­cazette 6 (Mkhi­taryan (46th) 6), Aubameyang 6 Arse­nal re­fused to lay down and Sokratis, Shko­dran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Stephan Licht­steiner were given yellow cards within five min­utes of a blood-boil­ing first half.

When the foot­balling ac­tion started, Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang and Alexan­dre La­cazette wasted golden chances.

France striker La­cazette put the ball into the net in the 45th minute only to be ruled off­side.

It was his last ac­tion. Emery is not afraid of tough de­ci­sions, as proven with his han­dling of Me­sut Ozil – again a no­table ab­sen­tee yes­ter­day.

While Ozil was lick­ing his wounds, miss­ing Ter­ri­ers star Steve Mounie en­joyed an af­ter­noon in the away end, hand­ing out signed shirts at half-time and singing his head off in the mid­dle of the trav­el­ling York­shire army.

The Ter­ri­ers lost skip­per Tommy Smith, who was car­ried off on a stretcher just af­ter the hour mark, caus­ing a seven-minute de­lay while he was treated but car­ried on their dogged way until seven min­utes from time.

Tor­reira, who also brought a fine save out of Jonas Lossl with a curl­ing shot, is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity with Gun­ners fans af­ter his bat­tling mid­field dis­plays.

Arse­nal have now won 17 of their last HUD­DER­S­FIELD: Lossl 6; Jor­gensen 6, Schindler

6, Kon­golo 6; Lowe 6, Mooy 6, Hogg 6 (Ba­cuna

(49th) 6), Smith 6 (Hadergjonaj (65th) 5), Wil­liams 6 (Durm 75th); Pritchard 6, De­poitre 6 18 league matches at 3pm on a Satur­day. This is the sort of game they may not have won in pre­vi­ous seasons but the South Amer­i­can ace is one of those pro­vid­ing much-needed steel and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

He set­tled a nerve-wrack­ing game when he bi­cy­cle-kicked home in the 83rd minute af­ter Aubameyang fought hard to turn a Mat­teo Guen­douzi pass into his path.

Emery was de­lighted with his dis­play and said: “He has qual­ity and he is quick-think­ing on the pitch tac­ti­cally in at­tack­ing and de­fen­sive mo­ments.

“He can do one very good piece of work in de­fen­sive mo­ments and, like to­day and last week, he can get into the box and score.

“We want to break ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion with play­ers and with him he is im­prov­ing and he works with good com­mit­ment and be­hav­iour.

“He is learn­ing English for our meetings ev­ery day in the dress­ing room.

“That is the first step. He also has the qual­ity and hunger we need.”

Hud­der­s­field man­ager

David Wag­ner said: “I was pleased we lim­ited Arse­nal to so few chances.

“We de­served a point. “Ob­vi­ously I am dis­ap­pointed but we chased a top-class side and we had to keep our heads high. I did not speak to my play­ers about Arse­nal’s sit­u­a­tion.

“Thank­fully, I am lucky

I am not in that

sit­u­a­tion.” Lu­cas Tor­reira P Tier­ney FK Qarabag (H), Dec 13 New­cas­tle (H), Dec 15 LEE JOHN­SON claimed match­win­ner Fa­mara Died­hiou’s goal was a just re­sponse to the spit­ting row against Birm­ing­ham.

City’s record sign­ing Died­hiou bagged the only goal to end Blues’ nine-month un­beaten home record.

It was Birm­ing­ham’s first home de­feat since a 1-0 de­feat to Mid­dles­brough on March 6 in Garry Monk’s first game in charge.

The last time the sides met, a 3-1 win for the Robins on April 10, Died­hiou was hit by a six-match ban for spit­ting in the face of David Davis. John­son said: “That was im­por­tant af­ter the spit­ting in­ci­dent. We felt that was un­just.

“I’m de­lighted for him. The best way to an­swer those crit­ics is to put the ball in the net, not fling your el­bows around or to hurt peo­ple in tack­les but to pun­ish peo­ple by scor­ing.”

Monk blasted the de­ci­sions to deny his side penal­ties af­ter Jacques Maghoma and Che Adams went down in the box.

“We had three penalty ap­peals turned down. It was in­cred­i­ble how we didn’t get at least one of them,” he said.

“Maghoma’s was clear, the first one. There’s not only one con­tact, there’s two con­tacts from two dif­fer­ent play­ers.

“Then the sec­ond one Che was pushed to the ground. The third one there was con­tact but the ref said he went down too eas­ily.”

Bris­tol City’s for­mer As­ton Villa for­ward Andi Weimann tried to si­lence Blues’ boos aimed at him but his an­gled vol­ley was hacked off the line by Michael Mor­ri­son.

Then came the first penalty con­tro­versy when Maghoma ap­peared to be felled by Adam Web­ster.

City scored with the first se­ri­ous at­tack of the sec­ond half af­ter 63 min­utes.

Died­hiou glanced home Cal­lum O’Dowda’s cor­ner at the near post ahead of Har­lee Dean. Blues’ best chance came seven min­utes from time when Lukas Jutkiewicz’s glanc­ing header hit the in­side of the post.

Any lin­ger­ing hopes of an equaliser van­ished at the death when Jutkiewicz’s free-kick was smoth­ered by Niki Maen­paa.

ARSE­NAL: ■LUC OF LOVE: Mon­real and Ko­lasinac with Lu­cas Tor­reira STAR MAN:REF:Arse­nal’s next game: Hud­der­s­field’s next game:

DIED-LY: Fa­mara Died­hiou

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