Town defeated at the John Smith’s Stadium
- Huddersfield Town 0-4 Coventry City
- Gyökeres (2), Hamer and Walker score
- Jaheim Headley injured in first half for Town
Town were defeated at the John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon by Coventry City in the Sky Bet Championship.
Despite much of the first half being played evenly, Coventry took the initiative after Gyökeres gave the away side the lead.
The first chance of the game fell to Town as early as the third minute after excellent play between Scott High and Jack Rudoni resulted in a excellent cross sent into the box Joe Hungbo onto the head of Matt Lowton, but his header was saved well by Ben Wilson.
Great play was seen again from Hungbo as he released Danny Ward, who’s cutback into the box is deflected out for a Town corner. Rudoni stepped up to take the set piece but it was defended well and headed out of the Coventry box.
Town suffered an early injury blow as Jaheim Headley left the pitch with a hamstring issue, and was replaced by Brahima Diarra.
Upon his arrival into the game, Diarra was fouled by Gustavo Hamer in Town’s attacking half after he started his sprint up the middle of the pitch, through the Coventry City players.
The Sky Blues scored their first goal of the game in the 31st minute by Viktor Gyökeres after a defensive mistake meant he was allowed one-on-one with Nicholas Bilokapic and he slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Despite going behind, Town had a great chance to equalise just two minutes after the Coventry goal as Diarra crossed the ball from the side of the box to the feet of High on the edge of the box. High’s shot took a slight deflection but still had to be pushed away by a diving Wilson to deny the goal.
While searching for that equaliser, excellent work is done by Diarra as he won the ball back and charged at the Coventry goal, but his shot was blocked by Josh Eccles and went out for a corner. This lead to another chance for High as he hit the ball first time in a curled effort, but it went just wide of the goal and the Terriers went into the second half still searching for the equaliser.
Town had a chance in the 48th minute to score their equaliser after High won the ball back in the attacking half and Matty Pearson fancied his chances from outside the box, but his shot was deflected out for a corner.
In the space of four minutes, Coventry scored their second and third goal. Gustavo Hamer scored the second after he shot from a narrow angle for the ball to go into the bottom far corner. Gyökeres completed his brace and notched Coventry’s third goal after he was played onside by Hamer and went one-on-one with Bilokapic and slotted it into the back of the net.
Hungbo drove a low cross into the box, which Ward connected with and fired the ball wide with a first time strike.
Rudoni struck the ball towards the end of the game on target, but it was tipped over the bar by Wilson.
Tyler Walker scored Coventry City’s fourth goal in injury time after being crossed the ball by Gyökeres by the far post for him to tap the ball into the corner of the net.
Town’s Team (3-4-3)
Nicholas Bilokapic; Matty Pearson (Jordan Rhodes, 63’), Tom Lees, Michał Helik; Jaheim Headley (Brahima Diarra, 18’), Jonathan Hogg (c) (Etienne Camara, 80’), Scott High, Matt Lowton; Jack Rudoni, Joe Hungbo, Danny Ward (Tyreece Simpson, 80’).
Tomáš Vaclík, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Anthony Knockaert