Match Report: Huddersfield Town vs Coventry City

Town played out there final home game of the 2020/21 season in the sun as they fought for mathematical confirmation of their Championship survival against a Coventry team who were already safe heading into this one.

Coming into Town’s final home game of the 2020/21 season, Carlos Corberan made three changes to the starting line up from the team that was thumped at Blackburn the previous week with Pipa, Carel Eiting and Danny Ward all dropping to the bench with Aaron Rowe, Duane Holmes and Yaya Sanogo all coming in to replace them. Following the previous week’s horror show, Carlos Corberan promised that Town would fight to make things right against Coventry.

Town’s starting XI: Schofield, Rowe, Keogh, Sarr, Toffolo, Hogg, Bacuna, O’Brien, Holmes, Koroma, Sanogo

Subs: Pereira, Pipa, Stearman, Eiting, Aarons, Thomas, Ward, Edmonds-Green, High

Town started the first half brightly, dominating the ball on the edge of the Coventry box and this dominance is what led to Town’s first chance. Lewis O’Brien chipped a ball in behind the Coventry defence for Josh Koroma to race onto, Koroma drove into the box before seeing his poked effort saved by the Coventry keeper at full stretch.

Coventry had their first chance of the game in the seventeenth minute, a curved effort from Gustavo Hamer looked dangerous for only about a second before flying harmlessly into Schofield’s gloves.

Town had another chance ten minutes later, O’Brien won the ball twenty-five yards out before playing a one-two with Duane Holmes and firing a low, powerful effort on goal, unluckily for Town though, Ben Wilson got down well to take hold of it.

The half time whistle brought to an end that Town had dominated but had lacked entertainment and quality.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Coventry City

The second half very nearly started with a bang as Coventry broke forward from kick off, after a small melee on the edge of the eighteen yard box, the ball broke to Viktor Gyokeres, he struck his shot first time only to see his effort tipped onto the post by a stretching Ryan Schofield, who then launched himself onto it to take the ball safely into his grasp.

Coventry had another chance to go ahead just three minutes later, Gyokeres out-muscled Naby Sarr before darting past a statue-like Richard Keogh and firing an effort on goal, luckily for Town though, Schofield was alert to it and pulled off an expert save to deny the Brighton loanee.

In response to Town’s poor start to the second half, Corberan introduced Pipa and Rolando Aarons to the pitch in place of Aaron Rowe and Duane Holmes.

The next noteworthy piece of action didn’t come until the sixty-eighth minute, a rare mistake from Harry Toffolo allowed Gustavo Hamer to break into the eighteen yard box and play through Shipley, who’s shot ricochet off of Ryan Schofield into the back of the net! 1-0 Coventry with just over twenty minutes left to play of the final home game of the season!

In response to the opening goal, Carlos Corberan introduced Danny Ward and Carel Eiting into the game in place of Yaya Sanogo and Juninho Bacuna.

With twelve minutes to go, Town equilised! A corner from the right hand side was dropped on the line by Ben Wilson the Coventry keeper, a defender raced to it to toe-poke it away but it only flew as far as Danny Ward fifteen yards out, he hit his effort first time and found the back of the net through a crowd of players! 1-1 and Town had equilised through Danny Ward’s first goal since his return to the club!

The full time whistle brought to an end Town’s final home game of the season and also ensured that, due to results elsewhere, Town’s Championship survival was mathematically confirmed and they would be playing in the Championship again next season! But there was a lot of work to be done over the summer and Town would have to make sure they got it right.

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Coventry City

 

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