Match Report: Reading vs Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town finished their campaign away on the road at Reading in a game that didn’t mean anything, but didn’t lack entertainment.

Carlos Corberan made four changes for Town’s final game of the 2020/21 campaign, with Danny Ward and Rolando Aarons coming into the starting line up following their important cameos last weekend that resulted in a late equalizing goal. Scott High came in to make his first Championship start of his career and Alex Vallejo made his first start since returning from a head injury. Harry Toffolo, Aaron Rowe and Yaya Sanogo all dropped out of the squad through injury whilst Juninho Bacuna dropped to the bench.

Reading had the first chance of the game eleven minutes in, John Swift drove forward before firing an effort past Sarr and Keogh only to be denied by a brilliant save from a diving Schofield.

Town hit the post only about a minute later! Duane Holmes broke forward on the counter attack before feeding Scott High on the edge of the eighteen yard box, he struck it first time but could only watch as his effort shook the right hand post and bobbled away. Koroma picked the rebound up and drove inside before setting up High again whose second first time shot was blocked well.

The ball bounced away and Town won a free kick after a foul on Danny Ward…

After a minute of waiting for Reading to set up and for the referees whistle, Koroma struck it, curled it over the wall and past the Reading keeper into the back of the net! 1-0 Town! Josh Koroma’s curled free kick had given the terriers an early lead on the road!

However, within just minutes of the restart, Town had conceded a penalty, a free kick from Reading dropped to Semado who drew in Hogg before dropping to the ground, the referee bought deception and gave the penalty to Reading!

The young frenchman Michael Olise stepped up and sent Schofield the wrong way, netting into the top corner! 1-1 at Reading on the final day of term!

Reading had another chance five minutes later, John Swift picked the ball up on the edge of the box before hitting an effort from around nineteen yards out into the gloves of Schofield – who gathered with ease.

Reading came close a couple of minutes later, a mistake from Jonathan Hogg released Meite and would have netted had it not been for a fantastic stop by Ryan Schofield.

Schofield’s good work in pulling off the save was immediately outdone though as the resulting corner found the header of Meite whose looping header caught Schofield in no mans land and dropped into the back of the net! 2-1 Reading! Town had let a lead slip once again! Good job Town had nothing to play for on the final day.

Town nearly equilised on the thirty minute mark, Koroma drove forward down the left hand side before finding Scott High who raced towards the top side of the pitch, he then played through Rolando Aarons who hit his effort into the hands of the well positioned Reading keeper.

The next action of the game didn’t come until the fourty-second minute, Olise drove forward before unleashing an effort that was caught mid air by a waiting Ryan Schofield.

The half time whistle brought to an end an entertaining first half in which Town had managed to hold there own, Reading’s goals had been created by poor defending from Town and highlighted it as the area of the pitch that would need the most attention over the summer rebuild.

Half Time: Reading 2-1 Huddersfield Town

The first major chance of the first half went Reading’s way in the fifty-ninth minute, Omar Richards drove forward down the left side before seeing his bobbling effort from the edge of the box saved by a diving Schofield.

In an attempt to pull something back, Corberan introduced Ajax loanee Carel Eiting – who is reportedly on the brink of signing on a permanent deal – and January signing Sorba Thomas, in place of Duane Holmes and Rolando Aarons, neither of whom had had the desired impact on the game that Town had hoped for.

Danny Ward was next to be withdrawn for Town, the forward had enjoyed no luck at all playing as a lone striker and was withdrawn in place of young striker Kieran Phillips

Town had their first real chance of the second half with fifteen minutes to go, Thomas found Eiting on the edge of the eighteen yard box, his first time shot looked destined to find the bottom corner until it was blocked by the flailing foot of a Reading defender.

The next pair of substitutions saw Naby Sarr and Scott High end their campaigns early as they were withdrawn in place of Rarmani Edmonds-Green and Juninho Bacuna.

Controversy soon followed as Alex Vallejo drove forward, bursting past a group of Reading defenders before being clearly fouled by Liam Moore the Reading skipper, despite shouts for a penalty though, the referee decided to instead award Reading a free kick and book Vallejo for simulation.

With four minutes to go, Town had a chance to equalize, Eiting played a brilliantly chipped ball over the Reading defence to find Koroma who volleyed over the bar from inside the eighteen yard box.

With thirty seconds on the clock and a corner that had been cleared away, the ball fell to Bacuna on the right side of the box, he turned and backhealed it through the legs of a Reading defender to play through Rarmani Edmonds-Green, he burst into the six yard box and, despite shaping up to play a ball across goal, passed it into the back of the net instead, bouncing off of the Reading keeper’s leg and into the back of the net! 2-2 with thirty seconds left to play! Town had equalized in injury time to end a poor season on a high.

The full time whistle brought to an end yet another poor season but felt almost as though it was the beginning of a new chapter, with their Championship status retained, Town could begin to build towards next campaign.

Full Time: Reading 2-2 Huddersfield Town

Writers Note: This was my last article for The Football Fans View. I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who has read these articles this season, whether you’ve read every one of them or whether this is your first time.

Thanks again, UTT,

Will

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