By Nathan Findlay –
Sky Bet Championship – Friday 28th January 2022
Huddersfield Town 1 – 1 Stoke City F.C.
Josh Koroma (27‘)
Jacob Brown (78‘)
A draw for Huddersfield leaves them back in seventh place in the championship and out of the play-off places for now.
In what will ultimately go down as another frustraiting two points dropped, the Terriers failed to capitalise on a first half goal from Josh Koroma, leading to yet another late equaliser from the opposition.
Huddersfield started the game off well with some good opportunities at goal and a liveliness to them which help get the fans going.
Their positive attitude paid off in the 27th minute when a deflected shot from Koroma ended up looping over the Stoke keeper and into the back of the net.
It has to be said that Stoke were unlucky to concede, especially as earlier in the game Koroma appeared to get away with reckless looking challenge that could have easily seen him sent off with a straight red.
Going into the second half appeared to do the Terriers no favours and all of a sudden they were on the back foot, dropping deep and letting Stoke have the vast majority of posession.
Huddersfield have struggled this season to hold on to leads, especially when they go ahead early.
Unfortunatley this proved to be the case yet again when some poor contol ended with Stoke’s Jacob Brown finding the back of the net in the 78th minute.
Even after they equalised Stoke’s press continued and the Terriers were all hands on deck just to keep themselves afoat and end the game with a point.
Overall, I think that this was a frustrating result and I think that Huddersfield really let themselves down in the late game.
However, the signs of overall improvement are still there, especially compared to last season, with the likes of Danny Ward and Sorba Thomas upfront the Terriers look like much more of a threat in front of goal, and Lee Nichols overall great form continues with some vital stops keeping Huddersfield in the game.
Tthe Terriers are now unbeaten in 9 games so even though all of the results might not be wins they are still points on the board for Huddersfield and they are looking really well setup to push for the play-offs this season and I think they are more than capable of doing so.
Huddersfield have a busy week ahead of them, with their next Championship game taking place on Wednesday night against Derby (7:45 K.O.). And then they face fellow Championship side and local rivals Barsnley F.C. in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend (3:00 K.O.).