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PREVIEW: MIDDLESBROUGH (A)

15 February 2021

A look at Town’s Sky Bet Championship opponents

- Preview to Town’s match against Middlesbrough
- A look at Neil Warnock’s key men
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town travel to the Riverside Stadium to take on Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship, looking to get back to winning ways.

The match will take place on Tuesday 16 February 2021 and will kick-off at 7.45pm.

When the two sides met earlier this season, the Terriers recovered from two setbacks to win 3-2 showing great character against Neil Warnock’s side at the John Smith’s Stadium.

THE OPPOSITION

Middlesbrough currently sit 8th in the Sky Bet Championship table just six points from the Play-Off places!

They’ve managed to take 40 points from their 29 games during the current campaign, however they do come into this match without a win in their last five – losing four of them.

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Former Town Manager, Neil Warnock, has turned the Club into one that was battling to stay in the second-tier of English football to one that’s challenging to make it into the Premier League.

At the Riverside, Boro has won seven of their 11 games this season. They have the ninth best home form in the Sky Bet Championship.

FORM GUIDE

Boro come into Tuesday night’s game off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Derby County; that was their fourth defeat in the last five games.

Their last win at the Riverside came back on Wednesday 16 December 2020 when they beat Luton Town 1-0.

Town are still looking for their first win of 2021 and come into the game off the back of a disappointing result against Wycombe Wanderers. The Terriers have only won twice away from home this season.

ONES TO WATCH

Jonny Howson

The defensive minded midfielder has been a key player for Neil Warnock this season.

He’s made 26 appearances so far this campaign and has one goal and one assist so far.

Defensively he’s averaged two tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.6 clearances per game.

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George Saville

Northern Ireland international George Saville has been a virtual ever-present for Boro in central midfield so far this season.

The versatile midfielder has operated in the number 6, 8 and 10 roles this season and has contributed to eight goals this year (four goals and four assists).

He’s averaged around one shot and one key pass per game, whilst defensively he averages almost two tackles and one interception per game.

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Britt Assombalonga

The striker is Middlesbrough’s top goal scorer this season, with five, and has certainly made a name for himself for being potent in the second-tier of English football.

He has hit double figures in the division in five of his last six seasons and joined Boro back in 2017 from Nottingham Forest for a reported club-record fee of £15 million.

The striker is well-known for his finishing ability in front of goal and averages around two shots per game.

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PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

The two sides have a lot of history with 95 competitive meetings dating back to December 1920.

Out of the competitive meetings between Town and Middlesbrough, it is Boro who come into this game having won the most games with their 42 wins to Town’s 33 victories. The remaining 20 games were played out as draws.

The Terriers beat Middlesbrough 3-2 at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier this season and you can watch the highlights below on #HTTV!

ACTION ELSEWHERE

There are five other Sky Bet Championship games on Tuesday evening:

Preston North End vs Watford – 7pm
Stoke City vs Sheffield Wednesday – 7pm
Bristol City vs Reading – 7.45pm
Wycombe Wanderers vs Derby County – 7.45pm
Luton Town vs Cardiff City – 8.15pm

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberán will have the same squad available to him as he did for the defeat against Wycombe Wanderers.

That means he’s without Harry Toffolo (suspended), Carel Eiting (knee), Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Josh Koroma (hamstring), Danny Ward (calf) and Christopher Schindler.

Tommy Elphick and Rarmani Edmonds-Green are back in training after their injuries but are not ready to be selected today.

Jaden Brown is in contention after returning to training.

KIT

Town will be in the yellow and purple kit for trip to the Riverside Stadium – CLICK HERE to get your shirt!

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield Town supporters can watch Tuesday night’s game against Middlesbrough LIVE on iFollow HTAFC and Sky Sports!

CLICK HERE for more information.

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Match Reports

REPORT: BORO 2-1 TOWN

16 February 2021

Despite an early Isaac Mbenza opener, Huddersfield Town were beaten 2-1 by Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Mbenza’s free-kick had given the Terriers the lead in the north east but a Duncan Watmore strike and an Ashley Fletcher penalty before half-time saw the hosts turn the game on its head before the break.

With a man advantage following Paddy McNair’s red card, Town went close to snatching a point as Kieran Phillips struck the post in the closing stages but the Terriers couldn’t find the equaliser and came away from the Sky Bet Championship fixture with defeat.

Head Coach Carlos Corberán made one change to the side that faced Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend.

Alex Pritchard came in for his first start since the trip to Bournemouth back in December, replacing Álex Vallejo whilst the only other adjustment to the match day squad came on the bench where Matty Daly came in for Sorba Thomas.

When the game got underway, there was an immediate tempo and urgency apparent to the Terriers’ play as Town looked to mount a response to Saturday’s disappointing defeat against Wycombe.

The Terriers’ positive start was rewarded with a deserved opener on nine minutes. After Pipa was brought down on the edge of the box, Isaac Mbenza stepped up to find the net for the third time this season from a free-kick.

The winger whipped it over the wall and into the top corner from a central area just outside the box to give Town the lead.

That was as good as Mbenza’s evening got with Town’s no.18 forced off soon after with an injury.

Like Mbenza, the hosts also put their imprint on the evening just after the half-hour mark to draw level.

Duncan Watmore beat two defenders on the left before cutting inside and picking out the bottom corner with a curling effort.

On the stroke of half-time, the hosts completed the turnaround and went ahead. After Lewis O’Brien had brought down Darnell Fisher in the penalty area, Ashley Fletcher stepped up to squeeze his spot-kick under Ryan Schofield to give Middlesbrough the lead.

Juninho Bacuna nearly cancelled out that lead almost immediately, forcing Marcus Bettinelli to get across his goal to tip over his well-struck free-kick that was heading for the top corner.

After the interval, chances became hard to come by as both sides searched for the game’s all-important fourth goal.

Substitute Kieran Phillips had a positive impact from the bench for Town and came close to getting it just after the midway point in the half.

The young forward flicked towards the goal at the near post but Betttinelli produced a good stop to keep it out.

With Town now playing a front two, it was Phillips’ strike partner Fraizer Campbell who had the Terriers’ next opportunity, slicing over after Bacuna’s whipped cross from the left found its way to him unmarked at the back post.

With just over 10 minutes left on the clock, Town’s push for an equaliser were boosted with the hosts reduced to 10 men.

Paddy McNair was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Juninho Bacuna just outside the box with Naby Sarr firing over the resulting free-kick.

Having gone close earlier, Phillips couldn’t have been much closer to registering his first senior goal on 88 minutes.

The forward squeezed his shot through a crowd of players with it coming back off the post and rolling across the deadline before being cleared to safety.

Moments before the fourth official signalled an additional four minutes of stoppage time, Aaron Rowe was also denied by Bettinelli.

The young winger’s strike was parried to safety with what would turn out to be Town’s final opportunity as referee Jeremy Simpson blowed for full-time at the Riverside Stadium, with the Terriers coming away from the north east empty-handed.

Next up for Town is a return to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 20 February 2021; 3pm kick-off.

MIDDLESBROUGH (3-4-1-2)

Marcus Bettinelli; Paddy McNair, Grant Hall, Anfernee Dijksteel; Marc Bola, Sam Morsy, Jonny Howson, Darnell Fisher (Djed Spence, 79’); Duncan Watmore (Marvin Johnson, 85’); Neeskens Kebano (George Saville, 79’); Ashley Fletcher (Chuba Akpom, 85’), Duncan Watmore

Unused subs

Jordan Archer; Britt Assombalonga, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Hayden Coulson

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-3-3)

Ryan Schofield; Lewis O’Brien, Naby Sarr, Richard Keogh, Pipa; Jonathan Hogg, Alex Pritchard (Aaron Rowe, 45’), Juninho Bacuna; Duane Holmes (Kieran Phillips, 55’), Fraizer Campbell, Isaac Mbenza (Álex Vallejo, 30’)

Unused subs

Jayson Leutwiler; Richard Stearman, Demeaco Duhaney, Romoney Crichlow, Matty Daly, Scott High

REFEREE

Jeremy Simpson

 

 

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