Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Huddersfield Town: Spoils shared in Yorkshire derby
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  • Story of the game

Huddersfield Town set the tempo of this all Yorkshire clash early on when Richard Stearman connected with Harry Toffolo’s flick-on but was unable to keep his header below the bar from close range.

Then, on the 20 minutes Arsenal loanee Emile Smith-Rowe went close as he tried to curl his effort into the top corner of Joe Wildsmith’s goal, but the Owls stopper remained largely untroubled for most of this contest.

Just after the half-hour mark Sheffield Wednesday made the first meaningful chance of the game, Julian Borner provided a great through ball for Moses Odubjao who wriggled his way clear of the Terriers defence and forced a good save out of Jonas Lossl.

The Danish custodian was made to earn his money in added time in the first half. Kadeem Harris threw in a couple of step-overs and cut inside, found space and let fly a curling shot destined for the top corner. Lossl reached out superbly to tip wide, a Premier League quality save.

Eight minutes after the break Huddersfield really should have put themselves in the ascendancy. A defensive mix up between Dominic Iorfa and Odubajo allowed Karlan Grant the time to strike on the half-turn and flash his shot inches wide of the post, a great opportunity for the visitors.

On 58 minutes Massimo Luongo brought another save out of the Huddersfield stopper before Barry Bannan curled just over moments later following good play from Harris and Alessio De Cruz.

With just 12 minutes of normal time remaining, Frazier Campbell should have nicked the game from Wednesday’s grasp seconds after being introduced to the action as a substitute.

Toffolo fizzed in a dangerous ball from the left-wing but Campbell failed to adjust from six yards out and saw his improvised attempt sail into the Leppings Lane end.

In the 85th minute Adam Reach almost put The Owls a goal to the good, his 25-yard daisy cutter was fumbled by Lossl, De Cruz pounced but still could not find a way past but he would also find himself to be denied by the offside flag.

 

  • Takeaways from the game

Wednesday fail to score at home once more

With just 18 goals at Hillsborough this season, Garry Monk’s side have the unwanted record of the lowest home scorers in the Championship. Since the turn of the year, they have managed just four goals on home soil which is clearly not good enough for any side in the division, let alone one that aims to be pushing for the play-offs, a lack of goals in S6 has certainly curtailed those ambitions this season.

One positive Monk will take from this 0-0 stalemate will be his backlines resolve to muster their first clean sheet at home since February’s 1-0 victory over Charlton AthleticTom Lees had a great game and made the most clearances out of any player with 12, the whole Huddersfield side only made 19 in total.

Terriers still not out of the woods

Now without a win in their last four Danny Cowley would have hoped to pick up more than just the solitary point from this clash but instead, he saw his side huff and puff without creating many clear cut opportunities with the exception of Campbell’s chance in the 78th minute, they now languish three points above the drop zone and will be thankful for Wigan Athletics 8-0 obliteration of Hull City.

They could quite easily have come away from Hillsborough with nothing to show for their efforts had it not been for the first half heroics of Jonas Lossl between the sticks. The desperation of Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky was clear to see in their remonstrations of every refereeing decision throughout the game, they are desperate to secure their Championship status.

 

  • Man Of The Match: Jonas Lossl

The Dane had a great game between the sticks for Town and earned them what could be a crucial point in their fight for survival. His save from Harris’ curling effort right at the end of the opening 45 minutes was exceptional, at full stretch, his fingertips were just enough the guide the ball around the post.

He continued his good form in the second half with a great double save from Reach and De Cruz in the 85th minute, albeit the latter was judged offside but Lossl didn’t know that and nor did De Cruz. 

 

  • View from the dugouts

Garry Monk told the media: “It was a tough game that, we had three really good opportunities in the first half, it wouldn’t go in and then they made it very hard for us in the second half. But I thought we always looked solid all the way through.

“The shot from Kads (Kadeem Harris) looked in all the way and we have to credit the keeper for an unbelievable save.

“Four points in the last two games, we’d have liked three tonight but it’s tough and the players are giving everything. Huddersfield had an extra day on us and it does make a difference in a period like this but I’m really pleased with the lads.”

Danny Cowley also addressed the media: “It’s a point. We tried very hard tonight to win the game and I was proud of the players’ efforts. There was a lot of fight and we probably had the best chances, but we were unable to take them.

“We competed really well against a good Sheffield Wednesday team. It was a very tight game; there was very little in it. Steve had a chance with the header, Karlan hit the side netting and Fraizer has a big chance at the end.”

 

  • Next up for both

The Owls back down to London to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, by then the club may know more on a possible points deduction apparently to be decided by the end of the week. Meanwhile, Huddersfield host West Bromwich Albion at 5:30 PM on Friday evening at The John Smith’s Stadium.

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