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15 February 2020 Venue Pride Park Stadium Attendance

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MATCH PREVIEW: DERBY COUNTY (A)

13 February 2020

Town travel to Pride Park on Saturday 15 February 2020


- Preview for Town’s Sky Bet Championship match against Derby County
- Ones to watch on Phillip Cocu’s side
- Tickets still available for the game

Huddersfield Town make the trip down to the East Midlands to face Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 15 February 2020; 3pm kick-off.

Danny Cowley’s side will be looking for an immediate response to Wednesday night’s 3-0 loss to Cardiff City at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The game at Pride Park is the first of consecutive away games for Town, with a trip to Swansea City to follow a week later.

Town narrowly lost out in the reverse fixture with the Rams earlier this season; losing 2-1 on the opening weekend of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season.

THE OPPOSITION

Philip Cocu’s side will also be looking to bounce back from a defeat in midweek, having lost 3-2 to Bristol City on Wednesday evening.

The loss was not tpyical of the Rams' recent form, with Cocu's men losing just two of their last 10 games in all competitions.

It has ignited a potential second half of the season Play-Off push at Pride Park, but following the defeat at Ashton Gate, the Rams still sit 10 points adrift of the play-off places.

Their form has also seen them progress to the Fifth Round of the Emirates FA Cup in recent weeks, with a tie against Manchester United awaiting the Rams next month.

Midfielder Tom Lawrence scored both of Derby’s goals when the two sides met in West Yorkshire earlier in the season.

ONES TO WATCH

Duane Holmes

Holmes came through the youth ranks at Huddersfield Town before making his professional debut for the Terriers in 2013. During his time at Town, he had loan spells at Yeovil Town and Bury before a permanent move to Scunthorpe United in 2016. The full-back signed for Derby prior to last season and has been a key creative threat for the Rams, being utilised predominantly from his defensive role in his 62 appearances for the Club.

Wayne Rooney

The Englishman burst on to the scene as a 16-year-old at Everton back in 2002 before a move to Manchester United two years later. Across 13 years at United, Rooney became the Club’s all-time top scorer, finding the net 253 times in 559 games before returning to Everton in 2017. Following a season back with his boyhood club, Rooney had a spell in the MLS with DC United before signing for the Rams in January as a player-coach.

Martyn Waghorn

The forward has been the spearhead of the Rams’ attack in recent seasons, having made the move to Pride Park in 2018. Waghorn brings a wealth of Championship experience to Derby, having spent time in the division with the likes of Leicester City, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town. Derby’s no.9 is currently their top scorer so far in 2019/20, netting 11 times in 35 games across all competitions.

TEAM NEWS – DERBY COUNTY

Midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Ikechi Anya are continuing to recover from hamstring and calf injuries respectively, but could return for Saturday’s game at Pride Park.

Krystian Bielik (knee) and George Evans (calf) remain sidelined with longer-term injuries.

TEAM NEWS – TOWN

Danny Cowley will detail Huddersfield Town’s latest team news during his Press Conference.

Town’s manager was without Tommy Elphick (knee, pictured below), Collin Quaner (hip), Kamil Grabara (head), Karlan Grant (knock) and Alex Pritchard (training after knee injury) during Town’s game against Cardiff City.

TICKETS

There are still tickets available in the Town’s allocation for the game at Pride Park – CLICK HERE to get yours!

KIT

Town will wear the fiery coral third kit during Saturday’s encounter – CLICK HERE to buy yours!

SUPPORTER INFORMATION

Travelling to Pride Park? CLICK HERE for an away guide!

iFOLLOW HTAFC

Huddersfield Town fans that live outside the UK can watch the game live with an International Match Pass for £5.

Supporters who are in the UK will be able to listen to in-game commentary from the John Smith’s Stadium if they purchase an Audio Match Pass. The audio commentary is also available to those supporters who have monthly or season iFollow HTAFC passes.

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Match Reports

REPORT: DERBY COUNTY 1-1 TOWN

15 February 2020

A late Harry Toffolo equaliser ensured Huddersfield Town a 1-1 draw with Derby County at Pride Park.

The left-back’s 81st minute strike cancelled out Tom Lawrence’s opener midway through the second half to ensure the sides shared the points from a well-contested Sky Bet Championship encounter.

Town Manager Danny Cowley made two changes to his starting XI in an attempt to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Cardiff City at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Andy King, who made four appearances on loan with the Rams last season, and Fraizer Campbell came into the side in place of Emile Smith Rowe and Steve Mounié at Pride Park.

On a miserable afternoon in the East Midlands, it was Town who started the brighter of the two sides.

The Terriers’ first opportunity came after King and Campbell combined early on. The midfielder found Town’s no.22 on the edge of the box, before his strike on the volley after a nice turn was denied by a diving Kelle Roos in the Derby goal.

Soon after, the Rams created a first chance of their own. Martyn Waghorn cut in from the right and fired a strike that was goal-bound, but well blocked by Christopher Schindler.

The home side continued to settle into the game as the minutes ticked over the half-hour mark. A 30-yard free-kick from Derby Captain Wayne Rooney forced a low diving stop from Jonas Lössl before the Danish goalkeeper jumped up to gather the headed rebound.

At the other end, it was Campbell who continued to be Town’s main attacking threat. The forward connected rose superbly to connect with Juninho Bacuna’s corner from the right, but his glanced effort fell inches wide of the far post.

Lössl was being kept busy in the Town goal as the game approached half-time. The ‘keeper got down to his left to tip substitute Graeme Shinnie’s driven effort around the post.

The end-to-end nature of the game continued into stoppage time at the end of the first 45, with Town pushing to go in ahead at the interval.

Campbell slipped Elias Kachunga in, who’s cut back ball from the right nearly saw Curtis Davies turn his clearance into his own goal, moments before Danny Simpson drilled wide, with Craig Pawson bringing an end to the half after the right-back’s effort.

Like in the first half, it was Danny Cowley’s side who came out the better and were nearly rewarded for another fast start. Campbell came the closest he had yet, rifling a strike from the edge of the area that cannoned back off the far post.

Town may have gone closest to the first goal, but it was the hosts that made the breakthrough on 61 minutes. A short corner worked its way to Tom Lawrence who’s swerving shot from the edge of the area found the top corner to give Derby the lead.

Just under 10 minutes later, it took a great save from Lössl to keep the deficit down to one goal. Town’s ‘keeper stood firm to deny Waghorn’s powerful diving header from point blank range.

Danny Cowley’s side had caused the Rams problems at the back throughout the afternoon and finally had the breakthrough and a leveller on 81 minutes.

Harry Toffolo burst forward from his left-back position into the box before firing past Roos at his near post to get the Terriers back on level terms.

The away end was in jubilant mood and nearly had even more to shout about soon after, as Town very nearly had a quickfire double, and the lead, only for a good save from Roos. Steve Mounié found the run of substitute Chris Willock, who got through one-on-one, but his goal-bound effort was denied by the Rams’ ‘keeper.

Not long after, four minutes of added time were signalled, but neither side could get the all-important goal in the additional minutes, meaning the points were shared at Pride Park.

Next up for Town is the second of two consecutive away games, with a trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 22 February 2020; 3pm kick-off.

DERBY COUNTY (4-4-2)

Kelle Roos; Craig Forsyth, Matthew Clarke, Curtis Davies, Andre Wisdom (Jayden Bogle, 79’); Tom Lawrence, Wayne Rooney (c), Max Bird, Duane Holmes (Graeme Shinnie, 29’); Chris Martin (Jack Marriott, 62’), Martyn Waghorn

Unused subs

Henrich Ravas, Florian Jozefzoon, Max Lowe, Jason Knight

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-2-3-1)

Jonas Lössl; Harry Toffolo, Christopher Schindler (c), Richard Stearman, Danny Simpson (Chris Willock, 80’); Andy King (Emile Smith Rowe, 75’), Jonathan Hogg; Juninho Bacuna, Lewis O’Brien, Elias Kachunga; Fraizer Campbell (Steve Mounié, 75’)

Unused subs

Joel Coleman, Trevoh Chalobah, Rekeil Pyke, Jon Gorenc Stanković

REFEREE

Craig Pawson

ATTENDANCE

27,502

 

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