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Huddersfield Town 1:4 Leicester City

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

City won their fourth consecutive Premier League game with fine 4-1 win against relegated Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Söyüncü in for the injured Evans, while Maguire was allowed some paternity leave.
City got off to a slow start, but for Barnes causing Town problems down the left, but their first chance arrived in the 18th minute. Söyüncü drove forward out of defence and fed Barnes, whose cross was blocked by Hamer. The rebound sat up for Maddison to shoot from close range but Hamer stopped it with his face.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

With City getting into their stride Hogg was booked for pulling Maddison back, and then Gray forced a save from Hamer with a long range effort.
And they took a 24th minute lead leading from a corner. Maddison played the flag-kick to Vardy who didn’t connect properly, Morgan got a touch back to Tielemans who sent a dipping shot past a deceived Hamer from 22 yards.
Two minutes later City almost doubled their lead when Vardy wriggled through two challenges in the area but had the ball nipped away from him as he pulled the trigger. The loose ball fell for Gray who sent a hurried shot over the bar.
Maddison then broke clear on goal but Stankovic denied him with a last-ditch challenge.
The Terriers had a rare chance in the 33rd minute when Grant was tackled by Morgan,  but Schmeichel had raced off his line and Pritchard attempted a lob into the empty goal.
Söyüncü recovered his ground well to head it way, applying a safety first attitude as it looked to be drifting just wide.
City had a couple more chances to increase their lead before the break, Tielemans testing Hamer with a 30 yarder, and Gray shooting at the keeper’s legs when he should have squared to a team-mate after a City break upfield.

Town threatened early in the second half when half time substitute Mbenza swung in a fine cross from the right, and Grant got a toe to it from six yards, but Schmeichel reacted brilliantly to parry it away.
A minute later City went 2-0 up. Gray fed Ricardo down the right and his perfect cross between keeper and defence found Vardy who swept it home at the far post.
His sixth in the six games since Claude Puel departed.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

Any thoughts that the game was over were dispelled just three minutes later, when Huddersfield pulled a goal back in controversial circumstances. Söyüncü slipped on the turf as he was gathering a pass from Ndidi, he recovered to challenge Grant and appeared to have won the ball but referee David Coote pointed to the spot. Mooy sent Town’s first penalty of the season down the middle, with Schmeichel diving to his right.
City went close to restoring their two goal lead three minutes later. Barnes burst into the area and a clever back-heel set up Maddison for a shot on the turn, but Hamer’s finger-tips guided it inches wide of  the far post.
Brendan Rodgers made his first change on the hour, bringing Okazaki on for Barnes.
Town were desperate to give their fans something to cheer about and had a decent spell, but substitute Mounie saw a fierce shot tipped away by Schmeichel.
City put the game beyond Town in the 78th minute with another superb Maddison free-kick. Vardy was hauled over by Hogg 25 yards out. Maddison delivered this one into the opposite corner to the one he scored at Burnley, catching Hamer out with a superb strike.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

City got their fourth from the spot in the 84th minute. Great work from Maddison sent Vardy in on goal, but after he had rounded Hamer and shaped to score Kongolo ploughed into the back of him and there could be no argument.
Though Hamer did well to get a hand to Vardy’s spot kick he couldn’t keep it out.
This goal saw Vardy draw level with Gary Lineker in the club’s all-time goalscoring chart.

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, English Premier League, 6th April 2019 at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, GBR

The league table doesn’t lie where Huddersfield are concerned, and it wasn’t quite a great performance from City, but it was another enjoyable afternoon under Brendan Rodgers from a youthful side that suggests a very bright future.

Rodgers singled out Söyüncü for special praise: “A special mention today to Cags, our centre half. He was only told this morning he was playing and that is testament to him.
I thought his performance, apart from a loose pass at the end when he was tired, was outstanding having not played for five months. He was very good and it was a very good team performance and to score four goals in the Premier League is never easy. They played very well and deserved the win.”

Huddersfield: Hamer, Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm, Mooy, Hogg (Bacuna 81), Stankovic (Mbenza 45), Löwe, Pritchard (Mounie 60), Grant.
Substitutes: Kachunga, Coleman, Williams, Hadergjonaj.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Söyüncü, Chilwell, Ndidi (Choudhury 87), Gray, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Okazaki 61), Vardy (Iheanacho 90).
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Ward, Mendy, Fuchs, Ghezzal.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 24,126.

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Foxes fight back against Terriers

Leicester City 3:1 Huddersfield Town

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City came back from a goal down to beat Huddersfield 3-1 at the KPS on Saturday…

Claude Puel made three changes to the side that lost at Bournemouth, with Evans in for the suspended Morgan, Amartey replacing Ricardo and Iheanacho in for Gray.
But City got off to a slow start and soon found themselves behind to a Huddersfield side with only two points to their name. A Billing long throw from the right was nodded on by Depoitre and the ball dropped nicely for Jorgensen to stab it home from six yards.

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This added to the gloom of drizzly day for a while, but City were level by the 19th minute. Town over-committed for a corner and City swiftly broke upfield. Maddison threaded a perfect ball through to Vardy who set up Iheanacho for a measured shot just inside the right hand post, giving Lössl no chance.
City ran proceedings after the equaliser and they should have gone further ahead in the 24th minute. After being fouled 25 yards out, Maddison opted for a delicate chip over the wall but the onrushing Vardy, who had peeled away from the wall, dragged his shot well wide of the left hand post.
In the 31st minute the lively front three combined again Maddison feeding Iheanacho who sent Vardy in on goal but his shot was straight at Lössl.
There was a growing sense of frustration with referee David Coote, who had booked Ndidi early in the game seemed reluctant to brandish the yellow card again when Durm grabbed hold of Maguire’s shirt like an avid souvenir hunter.
The much-fouled Maddison then picked himself up to deliver another free-kick, which Maguire got a head to, but didn’t test Lössl.
Just before the break Coote rediscovered his yellow card and waved it at Ghezzal, who was replaced by Gray for the second half.

City’s first chance after the break came from another Maddison free-kick, this time he sent a low shot round the wall into the side-netting.
The next came when Chilwell intercepted a pass and burst down the left, sending Vardy clear. His fierce shot looked like an attempt to put it through the keepers’ legs at the near post, but the gate was shut.
A Chilwell cross then found Iheanacho, but his first time effort went narrowly wide.
For all City’s dominance, Town should have regained their lead in the 62nd minute. Depoitre was sent clear on goal, but he took a little too long to line up his shot and Maguire nipped in at the last second to rob him.
Instead, it was City who went ahead in the 66th minute. As the ball was cleared from a corner Mendy was fouled 25 yards out. Maddison stepped up to give us another variation from his book of free-kicks. This time he somehow managed to get the ball over the wall and under the bar at pace, for a magnificent goal.

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In the 75th minute City put the game beyond Huddersfield with a third goal.
With Town now chasing an equaliser, they were hit on the break, and Iheanacho played a well-weighted ball down the right that sent Vardy away. He outpaced Jorgensen into the area and then chipped the ball over Lössl as he rushed out to meet him.
Iheanacho was then given a warm reception as he was replaced by Albrighton.

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Maddison was the next goalscorer to be replaced, by Okazaki in the 83rd minute, and he was given a standing ovation for his match-winning performance.
In time-added-on Okazaki fired a low 25-yarder but Lössl managed to tip it round the post.
Anything other than a win would have increased the pressure on Claude Puel, but City ended the day in 8th place in the Premier League.
The City boss commented:  “I was not happy at the beginning of the game, to concede another first goal against Huddersfield. We didn’t panic and came back into the game. The first half wasn’t good enough, in the second half we made better use of the space, showed greater desire and the ability to score with fantastic finishing.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Mendy, Ghezzal (Gray 45), Iheanacho (Albrighton 77), Maddison (Okazaki 85), Vardy.
Substitutes: Ward, Ricardo, Adrien Silva, Fuchs.
Huddersfield: Lössl, Durm, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo (Pritchard 72), Löwe, Kachunga (Diakhaby 57), Mooy, Billing, van La Parra, Depoitre.
Substitutes: Hogg, Hamer, Mbenza, Mounie, Hadergjonaj.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 31,676.

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Leicester see off Terriers in a game of two halves

Leicester City 3:0 Huddersfield Town

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After a poor first half at the KPS on New Year’s Day, City produced a fine display after the break to brush Huddersfield aside, with goals from Mahrez, Slimani and Albrighton…

There were a few surprises when Claude Puel’s squad was announced, with James in for Iborra, Slimani replacing the injured Vardy, and a place for the long-awaited Adrien Silva on the bench, with the FA giving him special clearance after his four month exile.
Although City pressed forward in the early stages of the game, it was Huddersfield who had the first shot on goal when Lolley struck a 25 yarder straight at Schmeichel.
City’s first chance came in the 8th minute when Fuchs whipped in a cross from the left and Slimani’s header forced Lössl to tip the ball over the bar, but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.
Referee Graham Scott had the travelling Town fans up in arms in the 20th minute when Williams broke through the middle and was halted by a clumsy challenge from Maguire on the edge of the area. Williams did, however, go down a little too easily and the ref waved play on.
In the 25th minute Morgan slid into an ungainly and unecessary tackle on Mounie on the halfway line and appeared to pick up a groin injury.
Although he tried to carry on for a couple of minutes the City captain had to limp off, replaced by Dragovic.

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It was a poor game by this stage, summed up when the ball fell for Ndidi after a goalmouth scramble but he sliced his shot well wide.
The tough December schedule had seen plenty of poor games and injuries across the Premier League, and this game wandered to half-time almost without incident.

However, City rallied themselves at the break and produced a far better second half performance.
In the 50th minute Slimani improvised a header to reach an Albrighton cross that was slightly behind him, forcing a save from Lössl.
Two minutes later a moment of inspiration lit up the afternoon as City took the lead.
Albrighton hooked a high ball towards the far post, where Mahrez met it with a superb volley across Lössl and into the net.

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City had the ball in the net again two minutes later, but Okazaki was judged to have fouled a defender on his way to goal.
City didn’t have long to wait for a second, however. In the 59th minute Mahrez played a defence-splitting pass to send Slimani in on goal. As Lössl advanced swiftly to meet him, Slimani chipped the ball over the keeper and it bounced into an unguarded net.
You could see Slimani’s confidence grow, and soon after his goal he almost set Mahrez up with a back-heel, that struck a defender’s arm.
Claude Puel made a change in the 75th minute, bringing Gray on for Mahrez. The crowd gave him a huge ovation, hopefully not for the last time.
It was all Leicester now, and Ndidi headed against the bar from corner.
In the 86th minute, Puel introduced Adrien Silva to the game in place of James, and the crowd responded with something close to hysteria with his every neat pass, and ball-winning challenge being cheered to the rafters.

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City got a third in time-added-on when a Gray cross from the right deflected off a defenders arm, but the penalty appeals were snuffed out when Albrighton popped up at the far post to guide it home.
It was an outcome that had looked unlikely at half-time, but City had ended their run of four games without a win in style, and Slimani had proved that there is a viable option to Vardy up front.  The cameo played by Silva was a bonus, and even that brief glimpse promised that he could be a huge player for City in 2018.

Happy New Year!

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Morgan (Dragovic 28), Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez (Gray 77), Ndidi, James (Silva 86), Albrighton, Okazaki, Slimani.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Hamer, Iborra, Ulloa.
Huddersfield: Lössl, Smith (Depoitre 82), Jorgensen, Schindler, Löwe (Malone 76), Williams, Mooy, van La Parra, Ince, Lolley (Quaner 59), Mounie.
Substitutes: Hogg, Coleman, Cranie, Hadergjonaj.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 31,748.

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Leicester scrape a draw at Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town 1:1 Leicester City

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, Premier League, 16 September 2017

City failed to impress at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, but came away with a point from Huddersfield thanks to a Jamie Vardy penalty…

Craig Shakespeare made three changes to his side, with James injured and Fuchs surffering an eye injury on the training ground, bringing in King and Chilwell, while Iheanacho made his full debut up front.

The raucous atmosphere from a set of fans who are absolutely chuffed to be in the Premier League spurred Town on to a lively start. They were on top in the opening spell, and Depoitre looked impressive on his debut, sending a thumping header into Schmiechel’s grasp.
While City were squandering possession, Town played with more urgency and were dominating possession.
City’s first chance came in the 18th minute when Smith slid in with a fine tackle as Iheanacho was about to pull the trigger.

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The game settled into a midfield hustle and bustle, with few moments of inspiration, and it was a minute before the break before City went close again, Vardy hooking an effort over the bar from a tight angle.

If the first half had been deservedly goalless, the game burst into life 40 seconds after the break. Kachunga played a ball forward to Depoitre, and the big Belgian turned Maguire and then raced ahead of him to slot an angled drive past Schmeichel.
There was pandemonium in the home areas, but City struck back within four minutes.
King played a one two with Iheanacho, and burst into the area, where his progress was halted by a trip from Lowe.
Vardy blasted his penalty down the middle and it was all square again.

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Huddersfield found the net again in the 61st minute, but Kachunga was ruled to be offside when he got a head to Jorgensen’s cross/shot from six yards out. It looked to be a very marginal decision that got City off the hook.
Soon after this Williams sent a 25 yarder narrowly wide.
Craig Shakespeare made a couple of changes, bringing Gray on for Albrighton and then Okazaki for Iheanacho.
Okazaki almost had an instant impact, racing down the right and cutting a ball back for Mahrez, who flashed a ball across goal. Incredibly, what looked like an easy sidefoot home was completely missed by Vardy from two yards out.

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In the 78th minute Mooy teed up Ince for a shot which curled two inches wide of the left hand post.
But Huddersfield hearts were in mouths in the 89th minute. Ndidi sent Gray in on the right and he tumbled in the penalty area under a Jorgensen challenge. Referee Jon Moss rightly ignored the penalty appeals with replays showing minimal contact.

At the final whistle both sides had to be content with a point, with Huddersfield the more disappointed.
Craig Shakespeare admitted:  “I think we have to look at it as a good point, I thought we were second best in the first half and if you’d offered me a point at half-time I would have taken it. We created more chances in the second half but I have to give credit to Huddersfield, they did to us what we normally do to teams.”

Huddersfield: Lössl, Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Löwe, Williams, Mooy, Kachunga (Quaner 74), Sabiri (Hogg 82), Ince, Depoitre (van La Parra 90).
Substitutes: Malone, Billing, Coleman, Hefele.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Ndidi, King, Albrighton (Gray 65), Iheanacho (Okazaki 69), Vardy (Slimani 82). Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, Iborra.
Referee: J Moss. Attendance: 24,129.

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Leicester in a party mood at the John Smith’s Stadium

Huddersfield Town 0:2 Leicester City

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City achieved their 30th victory of the season at Huddersfield on Saturday, thanks to goals from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Wes Morgan..

Despite Nigel Pearson making six changes to his side it was business as usual for a comfortable looking City who have now out-grown this league.
The first chance of the game arrived after a quarter of an hour when Wood sent his header over the crossbar after he got on to the end of a searching ball from James.
The next chance came ten minutes later when a loose ball sat up nicely for James to fire in a long range effort which hit the bar and bounced down onto the line with Smithies well beaten.
However, soon after this City went ahead after King and Dyer had combined to set up Taylor-Fletcher for a well taken goal that flew beyond Smithies’ reach and in off the post.
This provoked the Terriers into life and they came close to leveling when the dangerous Scannell set up Hamill for a chance which Moore cleared off the goal line.

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City played some great football early in the second half which resulted in two chances for Dyer, but Smithies made two good saves to keep City’s lead down to a single goal.
However, that changed with 15 minutes remaining when a James free-kick, helped on by substitute Mahrez, sat up nicely for Morgan to volley home from inside the area.
That was game over and City promotion party began again among the 4,000 visiting supporters.

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The final whistle saw a pitch invasion by both home and away fans, which stayed mostly good natured, while several City players and Nigel Pearson managed to make it over to the away end.
It was a fitting end to City’s most successful ever away programme.
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City, Sky Bet Championship, 26 April 2014,

Huddersfield: Smithies, Woods, Dixon, Hogg (Billing 76), Clarke, Gerrard, Scannell, Clayton, Wells, Holmes (Norwood 63), Hammill (Lolley 75). Subs Not Used: Ward, Bennett, Wallace, Smith.
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Moore, Morgan, Miquel, Konchesky, Hammond, James (Drinkwater 82), Taylor-Fletcher (Mahrez 64), King, Dyer, Wood (Nugent 82). Subs Not Used: De Laet, Logan, Wasilewski, Phillips.

Referee: Iain Williamson. Attendance: 16,481.

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Leicester see off tenacious Terriers

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City did just enough to gain all three points at the KPS on Saturday afternoon, though Huddersfield might consider themselves unlucky to have gone home empty handed…

Nigel Pearson made his first team change in seven league matches with new Polish signing Marcin Wasilewski making his debut and Moore moved out to right-back in place of De Laet.
Knockaert carved out the first chance of the game, cutting in neatly before blazing a shot over the bar, but City almost went behind moments later when a fierce Vaughan shot was smartly saved by Schmeichel.
After this let off City took an 11th minute lead, when Vardy ran on to a Nugent ball before lashing a shot into the roof of Smithies’ net.
It was real end to end stuff and Nugent should have extended City’s lead in the 25th minute when one-on-one with Smithies, but the Terriers keeper did well to get a hand to the striker’s low shot.  Straight down the other end Vaughan was in the same situation with Schmeichel, with the same outcome.
Schmeichel then produced his third great save from Ward’s shot on the turn as the Wasilewski/Morgan partnership seemed to be taking a while to bed in.
City then enjoyed a large slice of fortune as Gerrard got a firm diving-header onto a Knockaert corner to comprehensively beat his own keeper.
Moore, Vardy and Knockaert all went close as City poured forward in search of a third up to the break.

City’s dominance continued after the break with chances going begging for Dyer, Drinkwater, Vardy and Nugent, but a double substitution on the hour gave the visitors fresh impetus.  Mark Robins brought Scannell and Holmes on for Foxon and Hammill and the tide turned.
Holmes set Vaughan up for a good chance but he fired wide of the target; and then Scannell, in a goal similar to his FA Cup winner at the same end last year battled his way through the City defence before placing the ball past Schmeichel.
City fans may have been wondering why he isn’t in the starting line-up.
Pearson then made a couple of changes of his own bringing on Hammond and James for Knockaert and King, and James soon had an on-target effort blocked by Gerrard.
City were in familiar territory defending a one goal lead and the task got a bit easier when Town were reduced to ten men late on. The red mist descended on Vaughan after he was tripped and Wasilewski accidentally clipped his head with his boot.  Vaughan marched up to Wasilewski and shoved him hard in the back . As the Pole picked himself up the ref had no choice but to flourish a red card at the former-City player.
Although this fired the visitor’s up for a while, and Schmeichel had to produce perhaps his best save of the afternoon, clawing away a Holmes volley heading for the top right hand corner, the numerical advantage made it easier for City to see out the game for another three points.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Vardy, King (Hammond 70), Dyer (Schlupp 88), Moore, Knockaert (James 70), Wasilewski, Nugent. Subs Not used: Taylor-Fletcher, Miquel, Logan, Wood.
Huddersfield: Smithies, Woods, Dixon (Holmes 61), Clarke, Hogg, Vaughan, Gobern (Clayton 68), Ward, Hammill (Scannell 61), Lynch, Gerrard. Subs Not Used: Norwood, Bennett, Stead, Paterson.

Referee: James Adcock. Attendance: 22,297.

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Leicester dumped out of cup by Terriers

Leicester City 1:2 Huddersfield Town

1213 hudd cup homeThe gulf in priorities between club and fans widened at the KPS on Tuesday night as a below strength City missed out on a home 5th round tie, beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield.However, not all the blame could be heaped on the ‘stand-ins’, as the usual highly reliable Schmeichel and Morgan had proved by the fifth minute. Morgan bundled Lee over with a clumsy challenge 20 yards out and then allowed Clayton’s curling effort past his section of the wall before it beat a slightly mis-positioned Schmeichel to find the net.
City replied instantly when Knockaert’s corner from the right was met by De Laet’s head, and blocked to Keane whose side-footed found a route through the crowd and past Bennett for his first senior goal.
After this early flurry of activity the game settled into a stalemate for the remainder of the first half and City’s threat was reduced to a couple off-target efforts from Gallagher.
It was the visitors who were creating the chances towards the break with a Wallace 25 yarder being well saved by  Schmeichel and Morgan blocking a shot from the lively Scannell.

The second half was an increasingly frustrating experience for a sparse and shivering crowd, with City unable to get any sort of passing game going. Waghorn and Vardy replaced an impotent forward line of Nugent and Futacs, but fared no better.
Then the Terriers took a 75 minute lead when Scannell’s run in from the left took him past Koncheksy and Keane near the touchline, before he beat the advancing Schmeichel from an acute angle.
City had just one decent chance to force extra time in the remaining quarter of an hour as Vardy directed his header from a Gallagher cross inches wide of the left hand upright.

So City were dumped out of the competition, having been handed a tie they surely could have won at the first attempt using the first team.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Keane, Morgan, Konchesky, James, Gallagher, Wellens (Dyer 81), Knockaert, Futacs (Waghorn 74), Nugent (Vardy 74). Subs Not Used: Logan, Drinkwater, King, Moore.
Huddersfield: Bennett, Dixon, Wallace, Gerrard, Woods, Sinnott (Norwood 65), Arfield, Atkinson (Gobern 83), Clayton, Scannell, Lee (Vaughan 70). Subs Not Used: Colgan, Clarke, Hunt, Crooks.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottingham). Attendance: 14,517. 

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