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14 January 2023

Match Reports


14 January 2023

Town undefeated in three out of four Sky Bet Championship games

- Hull City 1-1 Huddersfield Town
- Michał Helik scores his second goal against Hull City this season
- Terriers take the lead in first half, but concede in final minute to draw

Town are undefeated in three out of their four last league fixtures, with Hull City coming from behind to grab a point in the Sky Bet Championship.

Michał Helik scored his second goal against the Tigers this season to put the Terriers ahead in the first half, but a last-minute goal by Óscar Estupiñán meant that Town left Humberside with a point.

After a quick start, Town almost took the lead in the first three minutes after a cross into the box by Jack Rudoni was cleared out for a corner. Taken quick and short by Rudoni, the corner ball found the boot of Matty Pearson, in his first Sky Bet Championship game this season due to his lengthy foot injury – his effort was almost turned into the back of the net, but Matt Ingram made a brilliant save to stop the defender.

Just after this, Duane Holmes fancied his chances from outside of the box, after possession was won back by Jordan Rhodes, the shot hits the target but there wasn’t enough power behind it, so Ingram saved the shot comfortably.

A free kick was awarded to Town in the 12th minute just inside the attacking half as Rhodes was brought down by Greg Docherty. Rudoni stepped and took the set piece, which was initially cleared but was crossed back in by Scott High, but was too high and caught by a prepared Ingram.

Nicholas Bilokapic made a great save and got down brilliantly after a powerful shot was fired his way from range, as he denied our hosts from taking the lead.

This was closely followed by another great save from the young shot-stopper after Tyler Smith’s cross found the head Ryan Longman by the far post, but his header is caught by Bilokapic.

The Terriers were awarded a corner in the 20th minute after Ingram made a great save to push Matt Lowton’s shot, which followed great play between High, Josh Ruffels and Rhodes, over the bar. The corner was put out for a second successive corner for Town, which resulted in Helik’s goal. The ball was cross in by Rudoni to find Ruffels on the edge of the area, who headed it back towards the blue and white shirts surrounding the goal – Rhodes then flicked it back to Helik who nodded it home.

After Town took the lead, Hull City kept majority of the possession and the last chance of the first half came from our hosts as Docherty received the ball outside the box and shot from range, but this went well wide of Bilokapic’s goal.

Hull City came out the better side in the second half as they pushed forwards and tested the Terriers more than before the break, they kept more possession and created more chances.

Pearson defended well to knock the ball out for a throw in as our hosts turned up the pressure inside the Town box.

The Tigers had the chance to equalise in the 64th minute as Estupiñán’s shot was on it’s way into the bottom corner, but Bilokapic went the right way and made the save onto the post.

Town had free-kick in a dangerous area after Martyn Waghorn was pulled down after he took control of the ball. The free-kick was taken by Holmes and cleared for a Town corner – which resulted in a great save forced out of Ingram as he denied Helik his second from a tight angle.

Estupiñán scored the equaliser in the 90+8 minute in order to secure the point for Hull City with virtually the last kick of the game.

Town’s Team (3-4-2-1)
Nicholas Bilokapic; Matty Pearson (Will Boyle, 68’), Michał Helik, Tom Lees; Matt Lowton, Scott High, Jonathan Hogg, Josh Ruffel; Jack Rudoni (Martyne Waghorn, 56’), Duane Holmes (Brahima Diarra, 76’); Jordan Rhodes (David Kasumu, 68’)

Unused Subs
Jacob Chapman, Sorba Thomas, Florian Kamberi

Goal Scorer
Michał Helik (21’)

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