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REPORT: HUDDERSFIELD 0 TOWN 1

27 February 2016

Ben Pringle's first goal for the Club gets Town back in the Play-Off frame

Ben Pringle’s first goal for Town gave Mick McCarthy’s side the points and closed the gap on the Play-Off places to four points with a game in hand. 

The midfielder, on loan from Fulham, found the net in the first-half from just inside the box after great work by Daryl Murphy. 

Huddersfield had the better chances, Bart Bialkowski saving well from Nahki Wells on more than one occasion and denying Jonathan Hogg but Town held on to end a run of three straight defeats and stay firmly in the Play-Off picture.

Town made one change to the side that went down to Championship leaders Hull in midweek, Luke Hyam not recovering from a hamstring injury, Kevin Foley coming into midfield. 

Huddersfield had an excellent chance to open the scoring inside the first five minutes, Jason Davidson sent in an inviting cross that was met by Kyle Dempsey but he headed wide. 

Wells, who has proved a thorn in Town’s side over recent years, then sent a lob over Bart Bialkowski’s bar, Harry Bunn unable to divert his header goalwards as the home side started brightly.

Wells should have put the Terriers ahead on 10 minutes, a ball over the top took the striker clear, he showed good strength to hold off Tommy Smith’s challenge but he couldn’t force his shot past Bialkowski from eight yards.

Striker Wells again found space in the Town box but his effort lacked power, Bunn lacking direction seconds later with a strike over the bar.

Against the run of play Town went ahead on 19 minutes, Daryl Murphy did superbly to win the ball down the right side and from his cross, Pringle buried a left footer into the bottom corner.

Wells almost responded immediately, his left footer saved from Bialkowski, the Terriers’ frontman carrying on his personal duel with the Town ‘keeper seconds later with the strike pushed behind superbly by the former Southampton stopper.

Wells fizzed a shot past the post after Luke Chambers had lost possession, 

Freddie Sears, who worked tirelessly up and down the right flank, saw a cross cleared by Mark Hudson as Murphy looked set to pounce, while at the other end the covering Christophe Berra cancelled out the threat of Dempsey as he raced into the box.

Berra headed over from another excellent Pringle delivery from a free-kick as Town edged towards the break with a goal advantage and it could have been two after a flowing move involving Jonathan Douglas, Pringle and Sears before Murphy flashed a shot just wide.

Berra cleared from Wells’ cross as the home side started the second-half in attacking mode, Sears hit back for Town with a driving run and cross that was dealt with by Joel Lynch.

Huddersfield made a double change before the hour, Jamie Paterson and Martin Cranie on for Karim Matmour and Lynch.

The Terriers wasted another chance immediately, Davidson jabbing the ball wide from close range after it had been deflected into his path. 

Pringle made way for Kevin Bru in Blues’ first change, Berra doing well to shadow the dangerous Wells as he looked to get in on Terriers’ full-back Tommy Smith’s cross. 

Murphy was inches away from a second for Town, a superb spin away from Hudson and his shot beat Jed Steer but went the wrong side of the post.

Bialkowski saved comfortably from Paterson, and more spectacularly from Jonathan Hogg after he had linked up with Wells, Sears then having a shot blocked as Town countered.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaced Foley for the last 10 minutes, Bialkowski making a double save from Davidson as Huddersfield pressed for an equaliser.

Paul Digby came on for his League debut, replacing the outstanding Sears for the five minutes of added on time as the Terriers threw everything including goalkeeper Steer at Blues’ goal but Town held on for three big points. 

Huddersfield: Steer, Smith, Hudson, Lynch (Cranie 58), Davidson, Whitehead, Hogg, Dempsey (Manu 68), Bunn, Matmour (Paterson 58), Wells. Subs not used: Murphy, Husband, Holmes, Bojaj. Booked: Smith.

Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen, Foley (Maitland-Niles 80), Pringle (Bru 60), Douglas, Sears (Digby 90), Murphy, Pitman. Subs not used: Gerken, Tabb, Toure, Varney. Booked: Chambers, Sears, Maitland-Niles. 
Att: 12, 644


 




  









 






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