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REPORT: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Sky Blues

City are forced to settle for a point in West Yorkshire...

1 May 2021

The Sky Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Shipley came off the bench to put City ahead in the second half with a deflected strike before Danny Ward equalised late on as the Sky Blues extended their unbeaten away run to three matches.

City finish the season with a home game against Millwall next weekend and will look to climb further up the table and finish the campaign on a high.

Mark Robins made two changes from the side beaten by Preston North End last weekend with Fankaty Dabo and Tyler Walker replacing Julien Dacosta and Max Biamou in the starting line-up.

After a closely fought opening five minutes it was Huddersfield who had the first chance of the game when Duane Holmes found Yaya Sanogo towards the right-hand edge of the penalty area with the striker firing his effort harmlessly over the crossbar.

The hosts then broke into the box after a strong run down the left by Josh Koroma with Ben Wilson making a smart save low down to his right.

City then created their first opening of the afternoon after some good work between Matty James and Viktor Gyokeres on the edge of the penalty area allowed Callum O’Hare to curl an effort straight at Town keeper Ryan Schofield.

Former City man Richard Keogh then had a glorious chance to open the scoring when Yaya Sanogo’s deflected header fell into the defender’s path only to completely miscue his kick six-yards from goal.

The Terriers continued to test Wilson in the Sky Blues goal when Lewis O’Brien let fly from 25-yards out with the City keeper comfortably gathering the midfielder’s effort low down to his left.

City responded with a chance of their own when O’Hare drove into the penalty area before slicing an effort wide of the Huddersfield goal.

The Sky Blues had another shooting chance when a corner was cleared to the edge of the penalty area where the ball sat up invitingly for Dabo who skied an effort over the crossbar from distance.

Robins’ side arguably should have had a penalty in the final few moments of the half when Gyokeres effort from 20-yards out appeared to be blocked by the raised and outstretched arm of Keogh only for referee Keith Stroud to be unmoved.

HALF-TIME: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0-0 SKY BLUES

City introduced Jordan Shipley at half-time in place of Walker and the midfielder almost made an immediate impact when he teed up Gyokeres whose low effort was tipped onto the left-hand post by Schofield.

The Sky Blues came close again minutes later when Gyokeres turned his man before beating a Huddersfield defender to a loose ball to open up some space in the penalty area before firing straight at Schofield.

An injury to Dabo just before the hour mark allowed Jack Burroughs the chance to make his first league appearance of the season off the bench.

City’s pressure eventually told when they took the lead on 69 minutes after winning the ball deep in the Terriers half thanks to an important challenge from Burroughs before Hamer played Shipley whose deflected effort left Schofield with no chance.

Huddersfield equalised 10 minutes later when the Sky Blues failed to clear a corner from the left with the ball dropping to substitute Danny Ward who drilled an effort into the bottom left corner.

The Sky Blues were on the front foot again almost immediately after the restart with Josh Eccles charging forward before forcing Schofield into a save low down to his left.

City pressed for a winner in the final minutes and almost found one when O’Hare’s goalbound effort from the edge of the penalty area was deflected behind for a corner but were forced to settle for a point despite a strong second half display.

FULL-TIME: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1-1 SKY BLUES

 

Goals: Shipley (69’), Ward (79’)

Yellows: Keogh (15’), McFadzean (50’), Sarr (73’)

 

Huddersfield Town XI: Ryan Schofield (GK), Aaron Rowe (Pipa 58’), Richard Keogh (Edmonds-Green 83’), Naby Sarr, Harry Toffolo, Josh Koroma, Jonathan Hogg (C), Juninho Bacuna (Eiting 70), Lewis O’Brien, Duane Holmes (Aarons 58’), Yaya Sanogo (Ward 70’)

Unused Subs: Joel Pereira (GK), Richard Stearman, Scott High, Sorba Thomas

 

Sky Blues XI: Ben Wilson (GK), Fankaty Dabo (Burroughs 59’), Michael Rose (Pask 70’), Kyle McFadzean (C), Dom Hyam, Sam McCallum, Matty James, Gus Hamer (Eccles 69’), Callum O’Hare, Tyler Walker (Shipley 46’), Viktor Gyokeres

Unused Subs: Marko Marosi (GK), Jamie Allen, Max Biamou, Amadou Bakayoko, Fabio Tavares


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