Town secure third place finish
- Huddersfield Town 2-0 Bristol City
- Town make it seven unbeaten
- Harry Toffolo and Danny Ward on the scoresheet
Huddersfield Town made it seven unbeaten in their final regular game of the Sky Bet Championship, as they beat Bristol City 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The win saw the Terriers finish third in the Championship table, which now means they’ll meet Luton Town in the Play-Off Semi-Final.
Town dominated possession in the opening exchanges, but neither side had any shots on target.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the game, as they called Jamal Blackman into action in the 13th minute. Thankfully, he produced a smart save to deny Antoine Semenyo twice – the first from close range, and then from distance.
Jon Russell had Town’s first chance 11 minutes later, blasting one from range range. Unfortunately, Han-Noah Massengo was on hand to get in the way and block him with his back.
A brilliant passage of play followed, with Jonathan Hogg showing his strength to hold off Semenyo, before Ollie Turton took the ball and jinked past a couple of defenders with some really neat footwork.
The 31st minute saw Bristol somehow manage to keep the ball out of danger following a Town corner. Carel Eiting won the ball back high and played a strong ball across the box on the deck, which bobbled towards Naby Sarr’s head before it was desperately cleared by the visitors.
The Terriers broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute! Harry Toffolo knocked the ball back between his own legs to clip the ball past a defender as he burst into the box, before shifting his weight to bring it back onto his right boot, lifting a lovely measured finish into the corner.
Two minutes later, Pipa was booked for slipping into a challenge out wide.
The 40th minute saw a brilliant save from Daniel Bentley to deny Duane Holmes! Pipa played a lovely ball over and Duane’s first time effort is tipped over for a corner, which came to nothing.
Moments later, Bentley was called into action again, this time to deny Danny Ward! Pipa and Holmes were causing yet more problems down the right, finishing with a low cross that was just too quick for Wardy to make a proper connection with.
However, Wardy would get his goal just 60 seconds later! Holmes continued to create absolute havoc down the right, this time ghosting into the box to play a lovely teasing one across the deck. Wardy slid onto it, and between him and a Bristol defender, the ball was scrambled over the line to double Town’s lead!
The second half almost got off to the perfect start, with an early strike from Danel Sinani forcing Bentley into a smart stop down to his side.
The game settled for a period, before Pipa tried his luck as the clock showed an hour played. Second half substitute Tino Anjorin shifted the ball wide, allowing Pipa to cut in and hit a strong curled effort toward the top corner, which just flies over.
Wardy came close to bagging his second a minute later, getting through one-on-one down the right channel. Unfortunately for our no.25, Bentley got down smartly to deny him.
Town continued to pile on the pressure, with Anjorin taking a chance from the edge of box, which he saw curl just over the bar.
The game once again settled for a period, with the pace dropping slightly.
The 84th minute saw Eiting booked for a foul in midfield.
Town saw out a final nine minutes of play to run away out 2-0 winners.
Town’s Line-Up (3-5-2)
Jamal Blackman; Naby Sarr, Jonathan Hogg (Tom Lees, 56’), Ollie Turton; Harry Toffolo (Levi Colwill, 53’), Carel Eiting, Duane Holmes, Jon Russell, Pipa; Danny Ward, Danel Sinani (Tino Anjorin, 58’)
Lee Nicholls; Josh Koroma, Jordan Rhodes, Josh Ruffels
Harry Toffolo (33’), Danny Ward (43’)
Pipa (35’), Carel Eiting (84’)