Report - Huddersfield Town 1-1 Charlton Athletic

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 24/08/2014
It says it all when the opposition manager says you deserved to win the match.Report - Huddersfield Town 1-1 Charlton Athletic

A stoppage-time equaliser from Charlton striker Igor Vetokele rescued an undeserved point for the Addicks against 10-man Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Vetokele struck an equaliser deep in injury time to cancel out Nahki Wells' 50th minute tap-in.

Defender Murray Wallace was shown a straight red card on the stroke of half-time for a supposed professional foul on Vetokele.

To say the referee had a shocker is an understatement.

Mark Lillis has said post-match that Town will be appealing against the Wallace's red card.

Despite being down to 10 men the Terriers took it to Charlton in the second half and were really unlucky not to come away with all three points.

Town's caretaker manager Mark Lillis was forced into making a change from the side that beat Reading in midweek as skipper Lee Peltier returned from injury to replace Jonathan Hogg, who was out with a calf injury.

Bob Peeters also made a change to his Charlton team with experienced right-back Chris Solly preferred to Joe Gomez.

The Addicks were looking nervous early on, none more so than goalkeeper Nick Pope, who failed to clear a long ball which allowed Nahki Wells to steal in and score but referee Tim Robinson harshly disallowed the goal for a foul on Pope.

On 16 minutes Pope again got himself into a mess and Wells rounded the stranded goalkeeper after intercepting a back pass but a heavy touch allowed Solly to cover and clear the danger.

Vetokele's pace was causing problems at the other end and Joel Lynch did well to deny the striker as he was about to speed off towards goal.

The Angola international did manage to break free and score with a chip but his effort was ruled out by the linesman's flag.

Paul Dixon superbly covered to deny Vetokele as he beat Alex Smithies to the ball whilst at the other end Wells and Harry Bunn forced Pope into saves.

Bunn was again in the thick of it on 35 minutes when he sped past Solly and forced Pope into a save at full stretch.

Then three minutes later Bunn got the better of Charlton defender Tal Ben Haim but again his effort was denied by Pope.

Vetokele caught the Town defence cold on 39 minutes but Smithies was alert to the danger as he superbly tipped the striker's rasping shot over the bar.

Just before the break George Tucudean's ball over the top caught the Town defence flat footed. Vetokele was about to break away but he was hauled to the ground after tangling with Murray Wallace. Despite Town have two covering defenders the referee decided to show Wallace a straight red card.

The sending off was harsh on the Terriers but it didn't deter their spirit and just five minutes into the second half they took the lead. Tommy Smith's persistence led to the right-back's low cross being tapped into the net by Nahki Wells.

The Town skipper Lee Peltier hobbled off to be replaced by Radoslaw Majewski and Wells was replaced by James Vaughan, which was his first appearance in a Town shirt since March.

Despite Charlton having the extra man, Town were bossing the match and the closest they came was Johnnie Jackson's shot which flew harmlessly wide on 66 minutes.

Pope then pulled off a smart save to deny Vaughan after the striker's smart control and pace got him away from his marker.

The striker then had a stone wall penalty turned down moments later. Town hit Charlton on the counter and sub Adam Hammill's superb cross found Vaughan in the box but after taking a touch he was shoved to the ground by Ben Haim and despite having a clear view, the referee waved away the penalty claims.

Hammill then went on a good run beating three Charlton players but took one touch too many and the chance had gone.

With five minutes of injury-time added on Charlton struck to rescue a point when Andre Bikey's headed pass fell into the path of Vetokele, who finished from close range.

Sean's Star Man - Conor Coady

Teams:

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Wallace, Lynch, Dixon, Peltier (Majewski 60), Coady, Butterfield, Scannell (Hammill 87), Bunn, Wells (Vaughan 64).

Subs not used:
Murphy, Crooks, Ward, Stead.

Charlton Athletic: Pope, Solly, Ben Haim, Bikey, Wiggins (Church 67), Gudmundsson, Jackson, Buyens, Cousins (Harriott 73), Tucudean (Moussa 56), Vetokele.

Subs not used:
Mitov, Wilson, Gomez, Fox.

Referee: Tim Robinson
Attendance: 11,333

This match report also features on footballleagueworld.com.

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