Match Report: Huddersfield Town 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers

Town played their worst game of the season as they somehow failed to even take a point from a home game against bottom of the League Wycombe Wanderers, despite being 2-0 up just before half time with goals from Juninho Bacuna and Isaac Mbenza.

Carlos Corberan made one change as he prepared his team to face Wycombe Wanderers. The impressive Alex Vallejo returned, he replaced Harry Toffolo; he sits out his first of three matches this afternoon after being sent off in the dying minutes against Luton Town last weekend. Town were also greeted by a return to the bench for Richard Stearman, the defender had been out since suffering an injury in a game against Middlesbrough last November. However Town were also greeted by some sombre news as January signing Rolando Aarons was ruled out for at least the next three weeks after becoming the latest player to be injured in training, leading to questions being asked of Carlos Corberan’s methods.

Town fans were also greeted by a much requested update from the board as owner Phil Hodgkinson released the first of hopefully many in-depth statements, with the hope that the statements can link the club to the fans once again. Regardless of your opinions of Hodgkinson or Bromby, it was nice to have received an update from them and it could potentially act as a way to begin to rebuild a relationship that looked at risk of not only dividing fans from the club, but also from each other.

Wycombe started the brighter of the two sides, managing to keep the ball and play a short passing game in Town’s final third, despite this though, they couldn’t work a shot and their spell of possession fizzled out.

Town worked their first chance just a few minutes later, Bacuna picked the ball up around thirty-five yards out and chipped a ball beautifully into the path of Duane Holmes who brought it under control on the left side of the box, his chipped cross was cleared away by Leicester City loanee Josh Knight though before it could reach the waiting Alex Vallejo.

Town took the lead just after the fifteen minute mark, a poor cross dropped to Campbell on the right hand side of the box who volleyed the ball across the six yard both to Bacuna, who stooped low and nodded the ball into the back of the Wycombe net. 1-0 and Town were ahead!

Duane Holmes worked another good chance ten minutes later, O’Brien made a brilliant darting run from his left wing back position before finding Duane Holmes, Holmes played a one two with Town’s makeshift wing back before curling a shot on goal from the edge of the box. Unfortunately for Holmes though, Allsop got down well to make the save.

Wycombe’s second big chance of the game came just after the half an hour mark, Town failed to clear a sloppy cross into the box and the ball dropped for Ikpeazu who volleyed first time only to see Naby Sarr retreating onto his goal line to nod it away. Warning shot fired by Wycombe.

Naby Sarr again came to the rescue at the game neared the forty minute mark, a cross into the box from Horgan again found Ikpeazu who’s downwards header was volleyed off the line by Sarr. Luckily for Town though it wouldn’t have stood due to a foul committed by the towering striker.

Town doubled their lead a couple of minutes later, Pipa picked the ball up and drove forward, he found Isaac Mbenza who ran, shimmied and hit a left footed shot low into the bottom right corner. 2-0 Town!

Town had a chance to get a third in added time. Bacuna broke away down the right hand side and drove into the Wycombe box leaving the keeper two on one with both Bacuna and Mbenza, Bacuna drove a low cross into the box but it was under hit and Allsop smothered it easily.

Wycombe hit the crossbar just a few seconds later, Josh Knight’s volley striking the bar after taking a deflection off of Naby Sarr.

Wycombe halved the deficit a couple of minutes later, Mehmeti drove forward before hitting a low ball from the edge of the box through the Town defence and into the bottom corner.

The half time whistle was blown just seconds later bringing to end a first half that had been dominated by both sides in spells and, despite Town looking the most likely so score, Wycombe went into half time having had the better of the final ten minutes.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers

The first noteworthy action of the second half came fifty-one minutes in, O’Brien again made a brilliant run across the eighteen yard box to find Pipa, Pipa dropped his shoulder and dribbled away from his man before releasing a curling effort just wide of the far post.

The next action came fifteen minutes into the second half, Ikpeazu broke into the box before being taken down by Jonathan Hogg, the referee gave the penalty to Wycombe and Town were in a precarious position…

The referee waved the defenders out of the eighteen yard box as Joe Jacobson the Wycombe skipper stood with his hands on his hips, the referee blew his whistle and Jacobson slotted the ball home perfectly. Town had gone from leading 2-0 to drawing 2-2. You could almost hear the groans around Huddersfield as the penalty hit the back of the net.

Wycombe nearly took the lead a couple of minutes after the restart, a high cross into the box flew over the head of Jonathan Hogg finding Horgan who nodded his header goal wards, only to see his header superbly denied by Ryan Schofield.

Wycombe attacked time and time again, having several counter attacks that just didn’t quite work out. Horgan and Mehmeti’s pace managing to open the Town defence up time and time again, luckily for Town though, Wycombe couldn’t convert.

Wycombe should have taken the lead just after the eighty minute mark, an Obita free kick found Stewart a couple of yards out, Stewart nodded it forwards only to be denied superbly by Schofield.

Wycombe eventually took a well deserved lead a couple of minutes later, another Wycombe free kick dropped to the impressive Horgan on the edge of the box, Horgan shimmied and hit one low, beating the impressive Schofield and nuzzling into the bottom corner. 3-2 Wycombe and Town had completely caved in on themselves with just three minutes of normal time to go.

The full time whistle would have sounded to a chorus of boos had times been good, with the players probably having been met by the chant of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’. Unfortunately fans couldn’t be in the stadium and the players and board will instead have to turn to a no doubt volatile social media to hear the opinions of fans.

The bottom line is that Town were far from good enough today in every department. The players weren’t good enough, neither were the coaching staff. There was no change in our tactics or style when we conceded a third. The image of Phil Hodgkinson and Leigh Bromby leaving the stand early in disgust summed up all Town fans feelings. What they were leaving the stand to discuss is anyone’s guess…

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers

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