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16 September 2023

Terriers take all three points from Yorkshire derby

- Huddersfield Town 2-0 Rotherham United
- Goals from Josh Koroma and Sorba Thomas
- Lee Nicholls gets his first clean sheet of the season

Town were victorious in the Yorkshire derby against Rotherham United at the John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon, with goals from Josh Koroma and Sorba Thomas!

Koroma and Thomas scored their first goals of the season, whilst assisting each other, as Town recorded back-to-back Sky Bet Championship wins for the first time this season.

Bringing the game to life in the opening minutes, our visitors had the first chance to score with a shot from outside the box from Christ Tiéhi. This chance went across the goal and wide, but our number one was in the right position to make the save if needed.

Rotherham then won a free kick in their attacking half after an adjudged foul by Ben Wiles, which was caught comfortably by Lee Nicholls. Shortly after this, Town were awarded a free kick for a very similar challenge on Jack Rudoni.

Koroma scored the first goal for Town this afternoon in the 18th minute with a brilliant volley into the back of the net from close range, after a sweeping cross to the far post by Thomas.

Needing a goal to get back into the game, there were plenty of long balls being played towards the Town area as Rotherham United tried to equalise.

The Terriers had the chance to double their lead as Thomas used his strength to power through the tackles and take the ball towards the box, before sending a great ball to Ben Wiles, who crossed the ball back to Thomas, but this cross was deflected off Thomas’ boots.

Fancying his chances for a second goal, Koroma shot from outside the box in the lead up the end of normal time in the first half, however this shot was saved comfortably by Viktor Johansson.

In the two added minutes at the end of the first half, Town had a further two chances. The first chance came as Wiles was sent a slick ball by Kian Harratt in the box, but this went wide. Harratt then had the chance to score himself in his first Sky Bet Championship start in the final minute of added time, but this went just wide after Rudoni had found the forward in the middle of the box. Nevertheless, Town went into the break ahead!

Nicholls was put to the test early in the second half with a great save off the crossbar following a bullet header off a corner, the Millers were looking to get their foot back in the game from the restart.

Koroma was determined to try and add to his goal tally with a curling shot from just outside the box, but this was saved by Johansson in the centre of the goal.

Wiles, who we recruited from Rotherham United this summer, slipped a great ball to Delano Burgzorg inside the box; but this shot was deflected over the bar and out for a corner, which set up the header for Michał Helik - which was high.

Town doubled their lead in the 70th minute through Thomas’ shot that was fired into the back of the net, this came after a great low cross across the box from Koroma.

The Millers were close to getting a goal back in the 84th minute from a close-range header, as Tom Eaves was left unmarked following a cross from Sam Clucas - both of these were second half substitutes.

The last chance of the game fell to our second half substitute Brahima Diarra, who skipped past multiple players before his shot went wide.

Town’s Team (3-5-2)
Lee Nicholls; Josh Ruffels, Michał Helik, Matty Pearson; Josh Koroma (Jaheim Headley, 76’), Jack Rudoni, Jonathan Hogg (c) (Rarmani Edmonds-Green, 55’), Ben Wiles, Sorba Thomas (David Kasumu, 90’); Delano Burgzorg (Brahima Diarra, 76’), Kian Harratt (Kyle Hudlin, 76’)

Unused Subs
Chris Maxwell, Pat Jones, Ben Jackson, Yuta Nakayama

Goal Scorers
Josh Koroma (18’), Sorba Thomas (70’)

Brahima Diarra (88’)

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