Huddersfield 3-2 Middlesbrough: Late Josh Koroma strike claims all 3 points 
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A late Josh Koroma strike meant Huddersfield picked up their first win in five seeing off relegation rivals Middlesbrough at the John Smiths Stadium

Marvin Johnson had put Boro ahead early on but the Teesiders were unable to deal with towns attacking threat. Goals from Carel Eting and Fraizer Campbell ensured Huddersfield went in ahead at the break. 

Late on a Britt Assombalonga penalty canceled the lead out but Josh Koroma was able to strike to give Town all 3 points.   

Story of the match

The game was fast paced from the off with Huddersfield going close twice before ten minutes. 

Firstly after only six minutes a ball was clipped through towards Fraizer Campbell but boro defender Dael Fry intercepted, however Josh Koroma picked up the ball driving into the area but his shot was well blocked for a corner. 

From that corner Juniniho Bacuna went close, losing his man in the box and rising highest but his header flew over the bar. 

Boro then had their chances. After robbing Bacuna high up Marvin Johnson and Marcus Tavernier exchanged passes before feeding Brit Assombalonga who could only slam his effort into the side netting. Seconds later a great cross from Johnson was met by Assombalonga but his touch let him down and it dribbled out of play. 

Their next chance was the opening goal. Tavernier turning in midfield and slotting in Johnson who slammed the ball beyond Ryan Schofield to give the visitors the lead. 

Boro continued to look dangerous especially on the break, Assombalonga and Tavernier both having efforts blocked by last ditch defending from Town. 

However Town got the next goal after thirty seven minutes. Jonathan Hogg with some good work in midfield finding Koroma in the area. He cut the ball back to Ajax loanee Carel Eiting who rifled his effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his third in four games. 

Town with their tails up looked dangerous on the break and got their reward just before half time. Lewis O'Brien winning the ball inside his own half before carrying the ball a long way. With options on both sides he opted to slip in Fraizer Campbell who finished on his weak foot after turning the defender. 

At the half and Town probably felt lucky to be in the lead. Both sides had big chances but Huddersfield were just more clinical. 

The second half was more of the same. Huddersfield their tails still up came out the traps quickest. Josh Koroma having his effort saved from a tight angle after a good passage of play in the buildup. 

Harry Toffolo then went close. A clever free-kick from Issac Mbenza found the left-back in the box but his effort was deflected straight into the arms of Marcus Bettinelli in the Boro goal. 

They continued in search of a third but it was Boro who struck next. First they came close through Paddy McNair from a twenty five yard freekick which just went over. After 82 minutes however they had a penalty, Naby Sarr with some clumsy defending bringing down Assombalonga. The Congolese striker dusted himself off and stepped up to convert beyond Schofield and restore parity. 

It didn't last long as Josh Koroma held off his man in the area and curled an effort beyond Bettinelli to give Huddersfield all three points.

Man of the Match: Josh Koroma

A goal and an assist today for Koroma in what was a great days work. He struggled under previous manager Danny Cowley but now Carlos Coberan has put his faith in Koroma it's paying off. When Karlan Grant left their was a huge void but Koroma is helping fill it and finally showing the promise he showed at Leyton Orient

Takeaways 

Town's fight will please Coberan

Town have had a mixed season to say the least. At times they have been unstoppable and others left a lot to be desired. Today they faced setbacks twice and over came them brilliantly. If they can turn draws into wins they could build on last season and climb further up the table. 

Great going forward, must defend better

On the break, Boro are scary. Pace and a cutting edge, they create chances with relative ease. At the other end however they need to improve. They should never have been behind at the half and having got back on level terms to throw it away so quickly will greatly anger Neil Warnock.    

 

  

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