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PREVIEW: COVENTRY CITY (H)

27 April 2021

A look ahead towards the Terriers’ final home Sky Bet Championship

- Preview to Town’s match against Coventry City
- See Mark Robins’ key men
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town will be back at the John Smith’s Stadium to host Coventry City in their final home fixture of the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship season!

The match will take place on Saturday 1 May 2021 and will kick-off at 3pm.

In their previous encounter there was nothing to separate the sides as they played out a goalless draw in December of last year.

Ahead of Saturday’s game we take a look at everything you need to know…

THE OPPOSITION

In their return to the second-tier of English football after an eight-year spell away from the division, Coventry City currently sit in 19th place with 51 points; one place and for points ahead of Carlos Corberán’s men.

It was confirmed over the weekend that Coventry’s Sky Bet Championship status was confirmed for next season, which is largely down to their excellent recent run of form.

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Away from their temporary home, St. Andrew’s, Mark Robins’ side have won four games so far this season. However, two of those away wins have come from their last two matches on the road beating Rotherham United and Stoke City.

FORM GUIDE

As mentioned above, the Sky Blues are in good form of late winning four of their last six games! However, they will be coming into this match off the back of a 0-1 loss to Preston.

Town will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing trip to Ewood Park last Saturday, losing 5-2 to Blackburn Rovers. The Terriers’ last home win was back in February when they ran out 4-1 winners against Swansea City.

ONES TO WATCH

Kyle McFadzean

Centre-back Kyle McFadzean has been almost ever-present at the heart of the Coventry’s defence this season featuring in 36 games so far this season, starting 35 of them.

Following the expiry of his deal with Burton, the now 34-year-old made the move to Coventry in
2019 and the experienced defender helped push the Sky Blues back to the Sky Bet Championship.

No player has won more aerial duals than the big central defender.

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Gustavo Hamer

The Brazilian-born defensive midfielder, who represents the Netherlands internationally, has proven to be a shrewd piece of business from the Sky Blues after signing from Dutch side PEC Zwolle in the summer.

The 23-year-old has scored five goals so far this season, adding to his contribution of two assists for his teammates.

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Tyler Walker

The forward is Coventry’s top scorer in the Sky Bet Championship after finding the net seven times so far this campaign.

In successful loan spells away from parent-club Nottingham Forest, Walker featured for League 2 Mansfield scoring 26 goals in the 2018/19 season, as well as scoring 16 goals in a spell at Lincoln City last season.

The pacey 24-year-old moved to Coventry from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

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PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

The last time the two sides met was in the reverse fixture in December 2020 where it ended in a 0-0 draw at St. Andrew’s.

The Terriers have won eight of their 16 competitive meetings against the Sky Blues, with their first fixture being back in November 1919.

Before their fixture in December, the last time the pair faced each other was in 1972.

ACTION ELSEWHERE

Town’s match is one of 12 games on Saturday. Here’s the full list of games:

Saturday 1 May 2021

Sheffield Wednesday vs Nottingham Forest – 12.30pm
Birmingham City vs Cardiff City – 3pm
Brentford vs Watford – 3pm
Luton Town vs Middlesbrough – 3pm
Millwall vs Bristol City – 3pm
Norwich City vs Reading- 3pm
Preston North End vs Barnsley – 3pm
Rotherham vs Blackburn Rovers – 3pm
Stoke City vs Queens Park Rangers – 3pm
Swansea City vs Derby County – 3pm
Wycombe Wanderers vs AFC Bournemouth – 3pm

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberan will give an update on Town’s latest team news in his press conference on Thursday 29 April 2021.

KIT

Town will be sporting their blue-and-white striped hope kit for their game this weekend - CLICK HERE to get yours!

HOW TO WATCH

Town Season Card holders will be able to watch the match for FREE on iFollow HTAFC.

If you are not a Season Card Holder, then you can purchase a match pass for £10!

CLICK HERE for further information.

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN 1–1 COVENTRY

1 May 2021

Huddersfield Town secured the club’s Sky Bet Championship status following a 1-1 draw with Coventry City at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Danny Ward’s second-half leveller cancelled out Jordan Shipley’s in the minutes earlier to ensure Town would take a point from the final home game of the season.

The draw, along with results elsewhere, ensured the Terriers’ safety in the division with a game to spare.

There were three changes to the Town XI from last weekend’s defeat at Blackburn with Aaron Rowe, Duane Holmes and Yaya Sanogo brought back into the line-up.

Harry Toffolo started consecutive games for the first time since January following his recent return from a back injury, bringing up his 50th Town start in the process.

It was the Terriers who had the first opportunity of the contest in what was shaping out to be an even start in West Yorkshire.

Sanogo, one of the three returnees, picked up the ball on the right side of the penalty area before driving a shot into the side-netting.

The visitors, who were making their first ever visit to the John Smith’s, were looking to open the scoring themselves at the other end. On the break, the ball was worked to Callum O’Hare who found space before curling a shot straight at Ryan Schofield.

Richard Keogh, who spent two years with the Sky Blues between 2012 and 2014, then had a key opportunity to break the deadlock as the first half ticked past its midway point. A corner from the right found Town’s no.15 who miscued his effort on goal from a central area inside the box.

Chances were hard to come by as the game approached the break, but after the interval, Coventry had two big openings to get the game’s first goal.

Half-time substitute Jordan Shipley forced a fingertip save out of Schofield, who pushed the ball onto the post moments before Viktor Gyökeres was denied one-on-one by the ‘keeper who spread himself well to cover the angle.

The visitors did find the target shortly before the 70-minute mark however, to take the lead. Gustavo Hamer rolled the ball into the path of Shipley who opened his body up on the right side of the penalty area before his curling effort took a deflection and beat Schofield to make it 1-0.

Following that goal, Carlos Corberán made a double change with Carel Eiting and Danny Ward introduced as the Terriers pushed for an immediate response.

The latter provided just that to level the scores once more, less than 10 minutes later. The ball fell to Ward following a corner, with the forward volleying into the bottom corner for his first goal since his return to the club in the summer.

At the other end, the visitors looked to restore their advantage straight after, as O’Hare drove inside from the left flank before having his effort on goal blocked behind.

Just as five minutes of time was added, Rolando Aarons tried his luck at a late winner. On the turn the forward attempted to catch Coventry ‘keeper Ben Wilson off guard at his near post, but the latter got across his goal to make the save.

The final attack of the encounter went to the visitors who drove forward before Matty James unleashed a shot that was blocked by Harry Toffolo, with the final whistle meaning Town would take a point from the final home game of the season.

That result, along with others elsewhere secured the Terriers’ Sky Bet Championship safety for another season.

Next up for Town is our final game of the Sky Bet Championship campaign with a trip to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading on Saturday 8 May 2021; 12.30pm kick-off.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (3-1-5-1)

Ryan Schofield; Harry Toffolo, Naby Sarr, Richard Keogh (Rarmani Edmonds-Green, 82’); Jonathan Hogg (c); Josh Koroma, Lewis O’Brien, Duane Holmes (Rolando Aarons, 58’), Juninho Bacuna (Carel Eiting, 70’), Aaron Rowe (Pipa, 58’); Yaya Sanogo (Danny Ward, 70’)

Unused subs

Joel Pereira; Richard Stearman, Sorba Thomas, Scott High

COVENTRY CITY (3-4-1-2)

Ben Wilson; Dominic Hyam, Kyle McFadzean (c), Michael Rose (Josh Pask, 69’); Sam McCallum, Matty James, Gustavo Hamer (Josh Eccles, 69’), Fankaty Dabo (Jack Burroughs, 59’); Callum O'Hare; Tyler Walker (Jordan Shipley, 46’), Viktor Gyökeres

Unused subs

Marko Marosi; Jamie Allen, Maxime Biamou, Amadou Bakayoko, Fabio Tavares

REFEREE

Keith Stroud

 

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