Championship promotion hopefuls Huddersfield and Stoke cancelled one another out as they drew 1-1 on Friday evening.
Carlos Corberan’s males took the lead in controversial circumstances, with Josh Koroma looping the opening purpose over Potters goalkeeper Jack Bonham lower than 10 minutes after he averted punishment for a reckless lunge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis.
Inside seconds, Stoke have been denied a penalty after a foul on Tyrese Campbell, however, after taking management of the second half, substitute Jacob Brown lashed within the deserved leveller to earn his facet a share of the spoils.
Huddersfield proceed to occupy the ultimate play-off spot in consequence, with Stoke six factors off the tempo in tenth forward of the weekend’s motion.
How Stoke battled again on the John Smith’s
On the verge of matching their longest unbeaten run in a decade, it was no shock that Huddersfield welcomed Stoke to the John Smith’s Stadium brimming with confidence. Inside 4 minutes, Danny Ward – who scored a hat-trick in last week’s 4-3 win at Reading – had flicked a header narrowly over the bar, whereas Potters midfielder Jordan Thompson was booked for a foul on the vigorous Lewis O’Brien lower than 60 seconds later.
Halfway by way of the primary half got here the primary second of controversy. As Harwood-Bellis and Koroma each attacked the ball, the latter recklessly caught his opponent on the knee together with his studs exhibiting, but, after a second of deliberation, referee Gavin Ward opted to proceed, with no punishment for the Huddersfield man.
Stoke have been then understandably irked when the identical participant gave the hosts the lead quickly after. Koroma collected a move from O’Brien and hit a shot which looped into the air over the stranded Bonham and into the again of the online.
If that was not sufficient, the Potters have been then denied a penalty when Tom Lees clumsily caught Campbell on the ankle because the frontman seemed to assault a cross from the right-hand facet, however, once more, Ward felt no must rule in Stoke’s favour.
A lot of the second half lacked the depth of the primary, till Michael O’Neill introduced on Nick Powell and Brown to clean up the assault, which lifted the guests. And simply quarter-hour after his introduction, Brown hauled the Potters degree with a thumping effort after Jaden Philogene-Bidace had crashed a shot off the left-hand publish.
With 83 minutes on the clock. O’Brien was additionally lucky to keep away from severe punishment when he made late contact with the highest of Brown’s foot after the Potters’ goalscorer had launched the ball. Regardless of the recklessness, he was proven a yellow card and nothing extra.
Evaluation: Ought to Koroma have been despatched off?
Two of Sky Sports activities‘ pundits had their say on referee Gavin Ward’s resolution to not punish Josh Koroma for his first half-challenge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis:
Jobi McAnuff: “It was a horrible deal with. I’ve acquired to present some context; I do know him and it’s fully out of character. I did assume, once I noticed it in real-time, that it was a harmful deal with and it simply will get worse the extra you see it.
“The referee appears to have a very good view and I am not fairly certain how he misses it fully. Definitely from Stoke’s standpoint, they are often rightly aggrieved that it wasn’t a purple.”
Andy Hinchcliffe: “That is the place the referee needs to be sturdy. It’s not concerning the harm sustained or the Stoke gamers having a go at him. He has acquired to guage the problem on what he noticed, however that’s actually naughty.
“That may be a horrible problem. The foot is excessive, he catches his man and he ought to be off.”
Man of the match – Jacob Brown
Sky Sports activities’ Andy Hinchcliffe on Sky Sports activities Soccer:
“He was not on the pitch for lengthy, however Brown was one of many subs that had an actual affect on the sport. He scored a superb, very important purpose in a recreation Stoke couldn’t afford to lose.”
What the managers mentioned…
Huddersfield’s Carlos Corberan: “I feel the staff competed nicely within the first half and made excessive press, recovering the ball and creating sufficient possibilities to deserve the end result. Bodily, we could not hold the depth that we wanted to maintain being the identical staff that we have been within the first half.
“For me, within the second half, we did not handle to maneuver the ball into the offensive half to be as aggressive as we had been within the first half.”
Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “I feel it might have been extremely unjust for us to not take one thing from the sport. I assumed we did sufficient to win it. Among the choices that got towards us beggar perception, to be sincere. I assumed, within the second half, we have been good and had response to going behind. We performed staff tonight.
“Not at all ought to Josh Koroma have been on the pitch. The deal with is knee-high on Taylor. It’s a straight-leg deal with and the way the referee can miss that, I simply do not know. It’s a actually, actually harmful deal with. It was a transparent penalty, too. I’ve watched all of the incidents again. Tyrese comes on the blind facet of the defender, will get to the ball first, the defender will get not one of the ball and the referee simply waves play-on. It’s simply actually poor refereeing, if I am sincere.”
Huddersfield are again in motion at 7.45pm on Wednesday February 2, after they host Derby on the John Smith’s Stadium in a recreation reside on Sky Sports activities Soccer. Stoke, in the meantime, return at 3pm on Saturday February 5, after they welcome Wigan to the bet365 Stadium within the FA Cup fourth spherical.