Town are going to Wembley!
- Huddersfield Town 1-0 Luton Town
- Jordan Rhodes on the scoresheet
- Wembley up next for the Terriers
Huddersfield Town won their first ever Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final home leg to bag themselves a place at Wembley for the Final!
A game of two halves, Jordan Rhodes was Town’s saviour, providing that all important goal for the Terriers in the 82nd minute, seeing them head to the capital as 2-1 winners on aggregate.
It was a quick start to the game, with both sides trying to gain the upper hand.
The first half chance of the game fell to the visitors, with Harry Cornick trying his luck from a tight angle. Thankfully, it went straight across the face of goal for a goal kick.
Three minutes later, Lee Nicholls was called into action with a huge save! Luton had a tap in from point black range, but our ‘keeper was there to deny them!
The Hatters continued to pile on the pressure, with Robert Snodgrass trying one from range on his left, before Amari’i Bell sent his follow up wide.
Town’s first chance of the game came in the 19th minute, as Town built nicely going forward. Danel Sinani whipped one in early towards Danny Ward, whose flicked header went just over.
The game continued at the same frenetic pace, with Town still to create anything of real note.
That chance came in the 36th minute, courtesy of Harry Toffolo! Our left back raced into the box, but his strike was saved well by Matt Ingram.
There was a break in place as Danny Ward received medical attention after twisting awkwardly. Unfortunately for Town, he was unable to continue, and was substituted for Rhodes in the 41st minute.
Moments later, James Bree tried his luck for the visitors, but Nicholls was positioned perfectly to catch it.
As the clock marked half-time, Town won a free-kick just outside the Luton area. Unfortunately for the Terriers, it came to nothing.
It was Town who came out of the blocks fastest in the second half, winning an early corner, which Tom Lees headed just over from inside the area.
The 49th minute saw Sinani shoot from range following some nice work from Pipa and Lewis O’Brien, but it was an easy one for Ingram.
The game went quiet for a period, with Town proving the more purposeful side, although without any clear-cut chances.
Second half substitute Sorba Thomas whipped in a gorgeous free-kick in the 65th minute, which Tom Lees headed home, only to see it chalked off as the referee pulled it back for a free-kick to Luton for an infringement on the edge of the box.
Five minutes later, Luton delivered a deep free-kick towards Cameron Jerome. Fortunately, his header went well wide.
The 74th minute saw another big save from Nicholls, this time to deny Cornick.
Seconds later, Toffolo was dragged down in the box with Ingram, but the referee decided it wasn’t a penalty, much to disagreement of a sold-out John Smith’s Stadium.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 82nd minute, thanks to Rhodes! Thomas once again whipped in a gorgeous free-kick, with our no.9 right where he needed to be to give Town that all important lead!
The Terriers saw out four minutes of added time to secure their place at Wembley!
Town’s Line-Up (3-5-2)
Lee Nicholls; Levi Colwill, Jonathan Hogg, Tom Lees; Harry Toffolo, Lewis O’Brien, Jon Russell, Duane Holmes (Naby Sarr, 85’), Pipa; Danny Ward (Jordan Rhodes, 41’), Danel Sinani (Sorba Thomas, 60’)
Jamal Blackman; Tino Anjorin, Josh Ruffels, Carel Eiting
Jordan Rhodes (82’)