Town progress in Emirates FA Cup
- Huddersfield Town 2-1 Burnley
- Town through to Fourth Round of Emirates FA Cup
- Goals from Josh Koroma and Matty Pearson
Huddersfield Town secured their place in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup after a thrilling 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
Despite falling behind in the first half, second half goals from Josh Koroma and Matty Pearson turned the game on its head.
It was an even start to the game, with both sides taking control of the ball.
The first chance of the game fell Town’s way. Koroma used Josh Ruffels as a decoy to cut inside and test Nick Pope from range. Unfortunately, his curled effort was easily gathered by the ‘keeper.
Ryan Schofield’s first save of the game came in the 21st minute. He got down smartly to deny Jay Rodriguez.
Unfortunately for Town, Rodriguez broke the deadlock seventh minute. A Town defensive error allowed the forward to send his header home.
As the clock continued to count down to half-time, there was a stoppage in play for Schofield. A heavy collision with Chris Wood saw Town forced into a change, with 19-year-old Nicholas Bilokapic coming on to make his senior debut.
Just as the referee was about to blow his whistle, the Terriers had a HUGE chance to equalise! Danel Sinani swung in a brilliant free-kick, which Jon Russell was on hand to meet, but his header hit the post!
Town started the second half the brighter of the two sides, earning themselves several early chances.
Pipa came first, with a Town corner breaking to the Spaniard. He took a touch before hitting a great strike towards Pope’s goal, but saw it go just wide.
Ruffels and Russell both tried their luck just moments later. First, Pipa swung a cross towards Jordan Rhodes which was headed to Ruffels, but his half-volley went just over! Almost instantly, Russell turned well in the space to shoot just wide.
As the clock marked an hour, Koroma had a great chance to get the Terriers’ equaliser. Town broke after some great work from second half substitute Lewis O’Brien. Russell carried the ball forward before playing it over the top to Koroma, who cut inside and shot just wide with his right boot!
Koroma finally got his goal in the 74th minute! Some great work from second half substitutes Danny Ward and Duane Holmes set fellow substitute Sorba Thomas free down the right. The winger charged into the box and picked out Koroma at the far post, who made no mistake in turning it in!
Moments later, Pope did incredibly well to keep Burnley level. Koroma broke, seeing his deflected shot pop up for Holmes, whose header was turned around the post by the hosts ‘keeper.
Town weren’t stopping there though! Pearson sealed the win for Town in the 87th minute! Thomas bagged ANOTHER assist, this time from a corner. Pearson rose highest to meet it and not it home.
Limbs were flying everywhere in the away end until the referee blew his whistle, seeing the Terriers walk away having secured their place in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup!
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Town’s Line-Up (3-4-3)
Ryan Schofield (Nicholas Bilokapic, 39'); Naby Sarr, Tom Lees, Matty Pearson; Josh Ruffels, Jon Russell, Jonathan Hogg (Lewis O’Brien, 56’), Pipa (Sorba Thomas, 69’); Josh Koroma, Jordan Rhodes (Danny Ward, 69’), Danel Sinani (Duane Holmes, 56’)
Harry Toffolo, Scott High, Ollie Turton, Fraizer Campbell