Match Report: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City

An impressive performance from Town brought them their first clean sheet of the calendar year in front of the cameras on Sky Sports.

Carlos Corberan made three changes to the side that played out an absolutely dire 1-1 draw with Birmingham City midweek, with Isaac Mbenza and Duane Holmes both dropping out following a few underwhelming performances from the pair. Richard Stearman also dropped to the bench after an impressive return from injury in midweek that left him bloodied and beaten from a full blooded defensive display. They were replaced by exciting youngster Aaron Rowe, veteran defender Richard Keogh and new signing Yaya Sanogo, who made his first start for the club after a pair of late substitute appearances in the last couple of games.

The changes hinted at a change of shape for Town in which Sanogo would accompany Campbell in a front two and Rowe and Pipa would act as wing backs with Edmonds-Green moving into the centre back position to form a back three alongside Keogh and Sarr.

The first chance of the match came just two minutes in, a cross to the far post found Aiden Flint who nodded the ball across goal to his defensive partner Sean Morrison, Morrison hit it low first time but Ryan Schofield got down well to block the shot and Town managed to clear the danger.

Town’s first major chance of the game came twelve minutes later, Bacuna won a free kick twenty-five yards out, he curled it over the wall and, just as Town fans began to believe it could be dipping into the bottom corner, Dillon Phillips got down well to tip Bacuna’s effort wide.

The first half continued with Town dominating the ball but with few chances being created for either side, with both Town and Cardiff’s defences both standing strong to stop any attack for either side before it could become a threat on goal.

Cardiff did calve a chance just after the half an hour mark, Harry Wilson picked the ball up on the right hand side, he waited and waited, considering whether it would be best to cross or shoot before chipping a beautiful ball into the path of defender Aiden Flint, Flint volleyed it first time but could only watch as it struck the bar. Town would have got away with it though even if he had been able to divert it into the back of the net with the offside flag having been raised against the former Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday defender.

Cardiff had another chance two minutes later, a Cardiff Corner was cleared away by Campbell , his header dropped to Will Vaulks on the edge of the box, Vaults hit it first time and his effort looked destined for the bottom corner, only for him to be denied by an outstanding Ryan Scofield save!

The half time whistle brought to an end a half in which Town had dominated the ball but struggled to cause the Cardiff defence any real problems. Cardiff looked dangerous from set pieces and on the counter, which was to be expected from a Mick McCarthy side, Town though had restricted Cardiff from having many chances on goal whilst the chances they did have were dealt with brilliantly by Ryan Schofield.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City

The second half continued just as the first half had finished, with both Town and Cardiff creating several half chances however neither were able to work any real attempts worthy of noting.

That changed just after the sixtieth minute mark, a free kick from the left side from Bacuna found the head of Richard Keogh who flicked his header goal wards, but could only direct his attempt the wrong side of the post.

The first big moment of the second half came seventy minutes in, Aaron Rowe drove into the box before rounding several Cardiff defenders, just as he looked like he had miraculously dribbled through the large group of Cardiff players, a flailing leg caught him, Rowe dropped to the ground. The referee gave himself a few seconds before putting his whistle to his mouth and awarding Town a penalty!

Yaya Sanogo, on his first start for the club, stepped up to take the penalty. He waited and waited as the referee cleared the defenders from the eighteen yard box. When the referee blew his whistle, he made his move, hitting his effort right footed low towards the bottom left corner…

Missed!

Town fans hearts sank as they watched yet another penalty role wide. That takes Town’s total to three penalties taken this season, three missed.

Town had another chance a couple of minutes later, Campbell won the ball back on the half way line before finding O’Brien, O’Brien then fed the ball through to Pipa, who charged forward one on one with the goalkeeper, Pipa readied himself before attempting to lift the ball over the onrushing Dillon Phillips, only to be denied by a flailing arm.

There was yet another big chance for Town just a minute later, an early cross from a lively O’Brien found the head of Sarr who nodded it down into the path of the waiting Campbell, who somehow volleyed over the bar from around four yards before collapsing to his knees.

The full time whistle brought to an end three minutes of added time and brought to an end a game in which Town had dominated in parts and had several massive chances in the second half but failed to find a way through a stubborn Cardiff defence. It was an impressive second half display that Town should have taken more from. However there were positives, a change in style and tactics worked well for Town as they claimed their first clean sheet of the calendar year.

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City

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