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REPORT: Sky Blues 2-0 Huddersfield Town

City come away with all three points...

28 January 2023

Match Reports

REPORT: Sky Blues 2-0 Huddersfield Town

City come away with all three points...

28 January 2023

The Sky Blues got back to winning ways with an excellent performance against Huddersfield Town.

After an even first half, the Sky Blues kicked on a gear in the second 45 minutes and put the Terrier to the sword.

Gustavo Hamer’s excellent strike just after the restart got City in front, before Kasey Palmer headed home to wrap up all three points.

The game started with both sides battling to get a foot-hold on proceedings, with neither side creating a clear-cut opening.

The Terriers had a free-kick fly over the bar from Duane Holmes, whilst at the other end, a trademark Viktor Gyökeres run saw the Swede cut the ball across the box, with it eventually falling to Gustavo Hamer 20 yards out, but his strike went over the bar.

Jordan Rhodes produced the games first shot on target, getting his head onto the end of Holmes’ cross, with Ben Wilson laying claim to the effort.

At the other end, City had a similar chance, as Kasey Palmer’s free-kick was met by Jake Bidwell, but he couldn’t steer his header towards goal.

The best chance of the game saw City catch the visitors on the counter-attack, storming forward with Jamie Allen sliding the ball in for Gyökeres and his shot forced Bilokapic into a fine stop, which was tipped over the bar.

The resulting corner ended with debutant Luke McNally rising highest, heading over the bar from Hamer’s corner.

City’s Brazilian midfielder was looking sharp on the edge of the area, picking up another Gyökeres pass and unleashing a strike which had Bilokapic at full stretch.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 0-0 Huddersfield Town

Following the restart, the Sky Blues made their pressure in the opening ten minutes count, as Hamer produced a moment of magic to break the deadlock.

A ball played forward by Ben Wilson was brought down by Hamer and he worked his way towards goal, played a one-two with Gyökeres and then fired the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Huddersfield were presented with a corner just before the hour mark, which enabled them to test Wilson, but Matty Pearson’s header was comfortable for the ‘keeper.

Wilson was called into action again, getting down low to his left to keep another Rhodes header out from close range.

The Sky Blues would then double their lead moments after, when a corner wasn’t dealt with by Huddersfield and Gyökeres beat his man and put the ball into the box for Kasey Palmer and he headed home past his former club.

The Terriers introduced Joe Hungbo into proceedings, and he forced Wilson into a smart save minutes after City’s second, with the ‘keeper denying the midfielder at his near post.

It was almost 3-0 when Hamer looked to turn provider, sliding the ball in for the returning Matty Godden, but he was denied by the outstretched foot of Bilokapic.

That would prove to be the final bit of action, as City got back to winning ways at the Coventyr Building Society Arena.

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 2-0 Huddersfield Town


Yellows: Jonathan Panzo, Michal Helik, Matthew Lowton

Goals: Gustavo Hamer, Kasey Palmer

Attendance: 17,557 (989 visiting supporters)


Sky Blues Xl: Ben Wilson (GK), Luke McNally, Callum Doyle, Jonathan Panzo, Brooke Norton-Cuffy (80’ Eccles), Ben Sheaf, Gustavo Hamer (90' Maguire), Jake Bidwell, Jamie Allen, Kasey Palmer (80’ Godden), Viktor Gyökeres.

Subs: Simon Moore (GK), Jack Burroughs, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Liam Kelly, Josh Eccles, Matty Godden, Sean Maguire.

Huddersfield Xl: Nicholas Bilokapic (GK), Matty Pearson, Jonathan Hogg (c), Jordan Rhodes (76’ Kamberi), Josh Ruffels, Scott High (79’ Kasumu), Duane Holmes (63’ Hungbo), Jack Rudoni, Tom Lees, Matthew Lowton, Michał Helik.

Subs: Ryan Schofield (GK), Ollie Turton, Will Boyle, Joseph Hungbo, David Kasumu, Brahima Diarra, Florian Kamberi

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