Report - Reading 1-2 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 20/08/2014
Goals from Jacob Butterfield and Harry Bunn gave Huddersfield Town their first win of the new Championship season at Reading's Madejski Stadium.Report - Reading 1-2 Huddersfield Town

The Terriers had a two-goal lead for the majority of the match but Simon Cox's late reply ensured a nervy final ten minutes.

Stand-in manager Mark Lillis had his side well organised and Town deserved their victory.

Lillis made two changes from Saturday's defeat to Cardiff City. Harry Bunn and Sean Scannell started in place of Jon Stead and Radoslaw Majewski in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Bunn playing on the left flank and Scannell on the right.

There was no sign of Oliver Norwood, who didn't feature in the match against Cardiff, and is said to be on the verge of a £1.2 million move to Reading.

It couldn't have started any better for Town as they took the lead on 10 minutes courtesy of Butterfield. The midfielder intercepted a loose pass by Reading defender Michael Hector and hit a neat curling shot into the top right hand corner.

Reading responded when Nick Blackman forced Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies into a save with a low shot following a corner kick.

Blackman then fired high over the bar with a shot from the edge of the area but the Royals were getting frustrated as the Terriers were difficult to break down.

Harry Bunn, making his first start of Town, doubled the visitors lead on 38 minutes. The former Manchester City youngster shrugged off Reading defender Chris Gunter on his way into the box and fired the ball into the net past Adam Federici.

Just before the break Nahki Wells had a penalty shout waved away by referee Stuart Attwell. The Town striker was bundled over in the box by a clumsy challenge from Hector.

Bunn was busy again early in the second half forcing Federici into a save whilst at the other end Butterfield was caught in possession which lead to a chance for Cox but the former Nottingham Forest striker headed the chance over the bar.

Murray Wallace had done well to tame Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak but Paul Dixon was in the right place to divert the Russian's shot away from goal.

Town continued to look dangerous on the counter as Bunn shook off the attention of a Reading defender but his shot at goal flew wide.

Jonathan Obita cross from the left was controlled by Cox, who then laid it into the path of Pogrebnyak but his half volley was turned around the post by Smithies.

Alex Pearce last-ditch sliding tackle stopped Wells from a certain tap in and then the Town striker had another penalty shout turned down after going down in the box under pressure from Pearce.

Simon Cox gave Reading a lifeline with ten minutes remaining when he thumped a volley into the back of the net.

Moments later Pearce spotted Smithies off his line and attempted a lob from 20 yards that hit the bar before going behind.

Town wound down the clock to hold on to a deserved victory.


Reading: Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Hector, Cummings (Kuhl 46), Akpan, Obita, Blackman (Mackie 64), Cox, Taylor (Tanner 69), Pogrebnyak.
Subs not used: McCarthy, Edwards, Tshibola, Cooper.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies; Dixon, Lynch, Wallace, Smith, Coady, Hogg, Butterfield (Majewski 90), Scannell, Bunn (Sinnott 90), Wells.
Subs not used: Murphy, Hammill, Holmes, Crooks.

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Attendance 15,035 (481 away fans)


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