Town’s unbeaten run continues
- Town 2-0 Derby County
- Terriers now unbeaten in 11 games
- Duane Holmes and Jordan Rhodes on the scoresheet
Huddersfield Town made it 11 unbeaten in all competitions on Wednesday evening, as they put two past Derby County at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The result makes it the first time that Town have gone 10 unbeaten in the second tier of English Football since February-April 1965.
The game got off to an electric start, with former Town man Richard Stearman seeing a red card in just the third minute! The defender went in hard on Lewis O’Brien after the latter won the ball in the Derby half, and the referee didn’t hesitate in showing the card.
Town’s first chance of the game came in the sixth minute. Following a foul on O’Brien, Sorba Thomas’ resulting free kick clipped the defensive wall, before flying inches wide of the post.
Town continued to push forward, with an excellent one-two between Danel Sinani and Thomas setting Thomas away down the right. Ward attacked Thomas’ first time cross, but sent his stooping header well wide under pressure from both centre backs.
Thomas was at the centre of the action against moments later, with his deflected cross falling to Holmes 18 yards out. Unfortunately, the latter smashed the ball into the away fans.
Town’s biggest chance of the first half came in the 40th minute. O’Brien flicked Harry Toffolo’s low ball into the box into the path of Holmes, but he diverted his first-time effort inches wide of the far post!
The second half saw Carel Eiting make his first outing for Town in front of supporters, and what a welcome he got!
Lee Nicholls’ first threat of the game came on the hour, as Louie Sibley looked to break clear of the Town defence. Thankfully, Nicholls was quick to smother.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 75th minute, and who else to do it but Holmes! After hunting for a goal all game, the midfielder received a pass on the edge of the Town box, shifted it onto his right and sent a shot goalwards that hit a defender’s boot and looped over Ryan Allsop to give the Terriers the lead against his former Club!
Pipa tried his luck moments later, but saw his effort fly out of range.
Town weren’t willing to settle with a 1-0 win, so second half substitute Jordan Rhodes made it two! Ward collected a pass infield, turning towards goal and forcing Allsop into a low save from 25 yards. Our second half substitute was on hand to read the rebound and slip the ball under the ‘keeper to net his 88th goal for Town!
Town saw out the rest of the game to make it take all three Sky Bet Championship points and make it 11 unbeaten in all competitions!
Town’s Line-Up (4-3-3)
Lee Nicholls; Harry Toffolo, Tom Lees, Matty Pearson (Carel Eiting, 46’), Ollie Turton (Pipa, 56’); Lewis O’Brien, Jonathan Hogg (Jordan Rhodes, 73’), Sorba Thomas; Duane Holmes, Danny Ward, Danel Sinani
Jamal Blackman; Josh Koroma, Scott High, Naby Sarr,
Duane Holmes (75’), Jordan Rhodes (80’)