Report: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Birmingham City

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 12/01/2013
A superb individual effort by Adam Hammill rescued a point at the death for Huddersfield Town against a side also struggling in the Championship, Birmingham City.Report: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Birmingham City

It could be the last game Hammill, on loan from Wolves, plays for Town but he signed off in the best way possible by scoring the equalizer to share the spoils in what was really a scrappy match.

Town looked out of shape and out of confidence and only the performances of Hammill and Sean Scannell are worth noting.

Birmingham, managed by the former Terriers boss Lee Clark, took the lead right on the stroke of half time through Callum Reilly, his first senior goal for the club.

Neil Danns, signed this week on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season, went straight into the starting line up starting on the right flank in place of Scott Arfield in what was the only change for the team that beat Charlton in the cup last Saturday.

Scannell was keeping Paul Caddis busy down the flank whilst at the other end Paul Dixon had to be on his toes with a skilful and dangerous Chris Burke who ironically has been linked with a move to the Terriers this week.

The first real chance fell to Town on 22 minutes when Scannell performed a superb scissors kick from Jack Hunt's right wing cross that was denied by Jack Butland's brilliant one handed save.

Jermaine Beckford's downward header was easily collected by Butland after good work by James Vaughan whilst at the other end Wade Elliott fired over from inside the Town box and Curtis Davies's acrobatically overhead kick flew wide of the post from Burke's cross.

Burke was involved as the Blues took the lead with virtually the last kick of the first half. Burke's cross from the Town left was not dealt with and Reilly stabbed home the loose ball with a low shot that beat Alex Smithies.

In the second half Anthony Gerrard produced a smart tackle to deny Nathan Redmond as the Blues broke from a Town corner. Redmond was about to break away through on goal but Gerrard got to the ball first.

Burke took the decision to shoot rather than pass but it flew harmlessly over the bar to the dismay of his teammates. Birmingham were sitting back and trying to hit Town on the counter attack with the pace of Redmond, Ravel Morrison and Burke.

Another Birmingham counter attack nearly resulted in a goal but luckily for the home side Gomis's shot deflected wide of the post.

Scannell took it upon himself to make something happen for Town and it nearly worked beating three players on a run from the halfway line but Davies was on hand to save The Blues by deflecting Scannell's shot wide.

Smithies produced to a good save to deny Redmond. The Birmingham winger broke into the Town box but Smithies was alert to deny the winger's effort with his legs.

Alan Lee was thrown on as the clock ticked towards the 90 and after a rather comical dive in a challenge with Butland the big striker forced Birmingham's promising goalkeeper into a smart save on 88 minutes. Butland denied Lee six yards from goal with a superb body block that saw the ball over the bar.

From the resulting corner Butland again produced another good save as Beckford fired a shot on the turn from six yards out.

With four minutes of injury time added on it looked as though Birmingham would get that precious win but Hammill struck in the 93rd minute to save Town's blushes. The winger came out of the box with the ball down the Town right then cut back in beating two players and curling the ball past Butland from around 12 yards out.

Scannell and Hammill were the only shining stars in a poor Town performance and this scrappy draw has now seen The Terriers' winless run stretch to 11 matches.

Sean's Star Man – Sean Scannell
Looked the only player likely and actually looking to make something happen going forward.


Town: Smithies, Dixon (Novak 90), P Clarke, Gerrard, Hunt, Scannell, Clayton, Norwood (Hammill 58), Danns, Vaughan (Lee 69), Beckford
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Arfield, Southern.

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis, Cadwell, Davies, Robinson, Elliott, Reilly (Spector 46), Gomis, Burke, Redmond (King 78), Morrison (Zigic 90)
Subs not used: Doyle, Lovenkrands, Hancox, Hall.

Attendance: 14,214 (1,074 Birmingham fans)
Referee: G Sailsbury.


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