Report - Huddersfield Town 1-1 Brighton

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 19/08/2015
After a dismal first half display, Huddersfield Town fought back to earn a draw against Brighton and Hove Albion at the John Smith's Stadium on Tuesday night.Report - Huddersfield Town 1-1 Brighton

It couldn't have got off to a worse start for Town as Brighton scored after just 17 seconds when former Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal fired home.

But Chris Powell's words at the break had the desired effect as star midfielder Jacob Butterfield drove home the equaliser from a tight angle within 10 minutes of the restart.

It had been revealed in an Q&A with chairman Dean Hoyle prior to the match that the club had turned down two offers from Derby County for Butterfield.

Powell was without Sean Scannell after his hamstring injury flared up again which meant a start for Harry Bunn.

Joe Murphy kept his place in goal as Alex Smithies edges nearer a move to Queens Park Rangers - although sources are now saying the move has hit a stumbling block over personal terms.

James Vaughan and Joe Lolley were included in the squad for the first time this season as they were named on the bench but forward Jordi Hiwula was left out of the matchday squad.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton named the same team that beat Fulham at the weekend as they enjoyed a 100 per cent record going into this match.

And Hughton must have been delighted with his side's start as they scored within 20 seconds of the kick-off.

No Town player could get the ball off Sam Baldock as he seem to take on half of the team and then laid the ball off for Kayal on the edge of the box, who fired the ball into the back of the net from 20 yards.

It looked as if it was going to be another one of them days for the Terriers as Brighton upped the tempo and Kayal went close again on 10 minutes but his shot deflected wide.

From the resulting corner Seagulls captain Gordon Greer headed over the bar under pressure from the Town defenders.

Huddersfield struggled to get going at all in the first half. Ishmael Miller fired way over the bar and being played in by Butterfield while a deflection took the sting out of a shot from Nahki Wells.

Baldock was close to doubling Brighton's lead when put through by Tomer Hemed, but Murphy managed to block Baldock's effort which allowed Tommy Smith to clear the danger.

Town's best chance of the first 45 was Butterfield's free-kick from 25 yards that flew wide after Wells had been brought down by Geatan Bong.

It was much better in the second half from the home side as they saw a spell of dominance but Bunn could only fire over and Jason Davidson's effort was blocked after Miller forced a save from David Stockdale.

The equaliser came on 54 minutes when Butterfield drilled the ball home from a tight angle after Brighton had failed to clear a Town corner.

Despite Town's pressure, the visitors were still dangerous going forward and Kazenga LuaLua went close from Solly March's cross.

Powell's men went close to taking the lead on 68 minutes when Smith's overlapping run caught Brighton out but his low cross evaded Wells and Bruno was there to deny Miller what would have been a tap in.

Wells' snapshot forced Stockdale into a good save while Brighton substitute Chris O'Grady saw his looping header land on the roof of the net.

Joel Lynch's poor clearance almost led to a goal but Dale Stephens could only fire a low shot which was blocked by the defender.

Next up for Town is a trip to Fulham on Saturday.


Huddersfield Town: Murphy, Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Davidson, Butterfield, Whitehead, Hogg, Wells, Miller (Vaughan 78), Bunn.
Subs not used: Allinson, Cranie, Lolley, Dempsey, Hammill, Wallace.

Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Hunemeier, Bong, March (Murphy 81), Kayal, Stephens, Lua Lua, Hemed (Ince 62), Baldock (O'Grady 74).
Subs not used: Maenpaa, Dunk, Forster-Caskey, Rosenior.

Referee: Eddie Ilderston
Attendance: 10,168.


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