Report - Huddersfield Town 1-1 Derby County

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 26/12/2013
Martin Paterson's late strike earned Huddersfield Town a valuable point against the in-form Derby County in the Boxing Day clash at the John Smith's Stadium.Report - Huddersfield Town 1-1 Derby County
Derby had looked on course for an eighth straight win but Paterson struck with just four minutes to go to share the spoils.

Town were second best for the first 45 minutes of the match but a tactical change midway through the second half gave the home side more impetus and on the balance of play a draw was probably a fair result.

Craig Bryson put Derby in front with a simple tap in to score his 4th goal in his last 4 games after Chris Martin had a penalty saved.

Town were without James Vaughan who sustained an injury in training which meant Danny Ward started. Jonathan Hogg was back from injury and went straight into the starting XI in favour of Oscar Gobern. Murray Wallace kept his place after impressing last Saturday in the draw with Brighton so Joel Lynch, back from suspension, was on the bench.

Derby boasts of one the best away records in the league and Alex Smithies had to be alert to deny Martin with inside the first ten minutes.

The home side struggled to get a foot in the game with the visitors controlling possession but Danny Ward hit a free-kick over the bar and Adam Clayton's shot from the edge of the Derby penalty area was deflected over the bar.

Anthony Gerrard was forced off with injury to be replaced with Joel Lynch and on 26 minutes The Rams won a penalty courtesy of Jamie Ward. The former Sheffield United striker's persistence forced Lynch to commit a clumsy challenge but Chris Martin could not convert the spot kick with Smithies making a fine save to his left.

It didn't take long from Martin to rectify his error when he set up Bryson for an easy tap in. Paul Dixon didn't know whether to challenge or go with the runner he did neither allowing Andre Wisdom to cross for Martin at the far post who played a simple pass for Bryson to tap in from close range.

Derby could have doubled their lead before the break when Lynch deflected Bryson's cross towards his own goal but luckily for Town the ball hit the inside of the post and rolled across the face of the goal before the defender put it out of play for a corner.

Derby continued in the second half where they left off with Simon Dawkins testing Smithies with a long range effort the goalkeeper had to gather at the second attempt.

On the hour mark Duane Holmes replaced Jonathan Hogg and was pushed forward behind the lone striker. The young midfielder could have made an instant impact when Lee Grant pushed Paul Dixon's cross into the path of Holmes but he failed to find the net firing harmlessly over the bar.

Despite that miss Town gained more confidence and took the game to the visitors. Danny Ward was denied by a superb block from Bryson in the penalty area and Oliver Norwood had a long range curling effort that flew just wide of the post.

It looked as though Derby were on course to take all three points when Michael Keane found the net with a header from a free-kick but the goal was cancelled out by the offside flag.

Adam Hammill forced Grant into a smart save so too did Norwood and Keane was in the right place to block Ward's goal bound effort.

Ward should have won a penalty when he was fouled in the area but neither the referee nor linesman gave it.

The breakthrough came on 86 minutes when neat play from Clayton and Holmes set up Paterson to loft a volley into the back of the net.

With five minutes of injury time added on Ward nearly snatched the winner with a 25-yard piledriver but Grant pulled off a superb save tipping the ball over the bar.

A very satisfactory point for Huddersfield Town against one of the best teams in the Championship.

Sean's Star Man – Duane Holmes
His introduction seem to give the whole team a lift despite missing a great chance. Playing behind the lone striker his neat flick set up the goal.
Teams:

Town: Smithies, Smith, Gerrard (Lynch 22), Wallace, Hogg (Holmes 58), Norwood, Hammill (Scannell 80), Dixon, Clayton, Ward, Paterson.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Gobern, Stead.

Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Forsyth, Bryson, Keane, Buxton, Eustace, Hughes (Cisse 76), Martin (Sammon 84), Ward, Dawkins (Russell 71).
Subs not used: Legzdins, Freeman, Whitbread, Bennett.

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 18,159.

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