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Match Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Cardiff City

24 August 2018

Neil Warnock’s men travel to face the Terriers at the John Smith’s Stadium this Saturday afternoon.

Having picked up their first Premier League point in last weekend’s hard-fought clash with Newcastle United, the Bluebirds will be looking to build on that result in West Yorkshire.

Know your opponent

The Terriers are currently managed by David Wagner, who took over the Yorkshire side back in November 2015. The German boss guided the club to the top flight courtesy of a Play-Off Final penalty shootout victory over Jaap Stam’s Reading on 29th May 2017.

Wagner’s side exceeded the expectations of many during their first foray into Premier League football, securing a 16th place finish to maintain their top-flight status.

They are yet to secure their first point of the 2018/19 season, with two tough opening fixtures seeing them sit at the foot of the Premier League table. Town were on the end of a 3-0 home to Chelsea on opening day, before suffering a 6-1 loss at the hands of Manchester City last weekend.

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Neil Warnock’s men last faced our West Yorkshire counterparts in the final game of the 2016/17 campaign, with the Bluebirds signing off the season with a convincing 3-0 away win.

The Bluebirds took the game to the Terriers from the offset, taking the lead against the side who had secured a Play-Off place after just seven minutes.

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Kenneth Zohore calmly stroked the ball past Welsh international goalkeeper Danny Ward to give Warnock’s men an early advantage.

Things didn’t improve for the home side after 20 minutes as Ward was given his marching orders for handling the ball outside of the area.

And City took full advantage before the half-hour mark, as Joe Bennett doubled the visitors’ advantage with a fantastic strike, after being picked out by Zohore.

The Bluebirds put the game beyond all doubt from a familiar route in the second half, as Zohore beat his man before once again finding the marauding Bennett, who made no mistake to double his personal tally.

The 3-0 score-line didn’t dampen the Terriers’ drive for promotion, as they went on to defeat Reading at Wembley later that month.

Club Connections

The Terriers could face a few familiar faces when City arrive in town on Saturday, with a number of current Bluebirds counting Huddersfield amongst their former sides.

The most notable connection to the Terriers is Neil Warnock, who managed the club from 1993-95, during which time both Ronnie Jepson and Kevin Blackwell played for him. That period coincided with their 1995 Second Division Play-Off Final victory over Bristol Rovers - one of the Gaffer's eight career promotions.

Summer signing Alex Smithies made over 250 appearances for the Terriers during his eight-year spell at the club. Smithies, who came through the academy at Huddersfield Town, pulled off three heroic saves in their 2011/12 League One Play-Off Final over Sheffield United, before notably stepping up to score the winning spot-kick himself.

Another man to score in that shootout was City skipper, Sean Morrison. The centre-half spent that season on loan at the John Smith’s Stadium from Reading, and made 22 appearances during their promotion season.

Meanwhile, Danny Ward also represented the Terriers during their rise to the second tier, after initially joining on loan from Bolton Wanderers. In total, the forward made 130 appearances for the club, before making the switch to Rotherham United.

Lee Peltier has had two stints with Huddersfield Town and skippered the West Yorkshire outfit. The first spell saw the Liverpool-born full-back make over 100 appearances for them, as he was named Players’ Player of the Season in his opening campaign.

Peltier later returned to the club following a spell at Leeds United, before the Bluebirds secured his services on a three-year deal in January 2015.

Peltier played for the Terriers alongside Anthony Pilkington, who also made over 100 appearances for the Club. The forward was signed from Stockport County in January 2009 and netted a total of 21 goals over three seasons, earning a move to Premier League Norwich City in July 2011.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City

The Bluebirds are held in West Yorkshire...

25 August 2018

Cardiff City were held to a goalless draw by Huddersfield Town, following the second-half dismissal of the Terriers' Jonathan Hogg.

A thunderous atmosphere greeted the Bluebirds at the John Smith’s Stadium, with over 2,250 City fans making the trip to cheer them on.

There was an eventful start to the encounter, as Sol Bamba did well to clear a couple of early chances, before an unfortunate collision overshadowed the opening period.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing created space himself to burst through, before being thwarted by Ben Hamer. The pair collided in the process and were both forced off the pitch through injury.

The hosts did manage to build up some first-half pressure as they pinned the Bluebirds back and earned several corners. However, the closest they came to an opener was Terence Kongolo’s rasping effort into the side netting.

After five minutes of additional time, Michael Oliver brought an end to first-half proceedings, with the deadlock remaining unbroken.

The Bluebirds showed attacking intent almost immediately after the restart as Kenneth Zohore lofted an excellent cross towards Josh Murphy, who headed wide. Harry Arter then tried his luck with a low driven effort from range, which substitute ‘keeper Jonas Lössl collected.

While Neil Etheridge pulled off an excellent save to deny Steve Mounié, the game then sprung into life for the Bluebirds just after the hour mark.

During a scuffle in the box, Jonathan Hogg clearly headbutted Harry Arter, and was given his marching orders by Oliver.

Now with the numerical advantage, City came incredibly close to taking the lead on several occasions. Bamba was first to threaten - heading into Lössl’s hands from a long throw.

A sublime City move was to follow, as Josh Murphy danced through a number of Terriers challenges, eventually setting up the newly-introduced Danny Ward, whose effort was saved at close range.

Perhaps the greatest opportunity of the second half came as Sean Morrison rose magnificently from a City corner, but bulleted his header just past the post.

While Bobby Decordova-Reid twice threatened to secure a dramatic, late winner for the Bluebirds, they unfortunately ran out of time as the full-time whistle blew.

The Bluebirds next face Norwich City in the Second Round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, before hosting Arsenal at CCS on Sunday.

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City

Huddersfield Town: Hamer (Lössl 12), Hadergjonaj, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Mooy, Hogg, Diakhaby (Mbenza 66), Van le Parra, Billing, Mounié (Depoitre 80).

Subs not used: Smith, Löwe, Pritchard, Stanković.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Ralls, Arter, Camarasa (Decordova-Reid 75), Mendez-Laing (Paterson 9), Murphy, Zohore (Ward 59).

Subs not used: Smithies, Peltier, Cunningham, Madine.

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