The Warm Down: Huddersfield  Town and Cardiff City play out 0-0 draw
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Huddersfield Town will count themselves unfortunate not to have beaten a below-par Cardiff City on Friday night in a 0-0 stalemate in West Yorkshire.

The Terriers were the better team by far in the clash on Friday but failed to take their opportunities as Cardiff closed out a 0-0 draw in a game in which they where they were far from their free-flowing best.

Here are some conclusions from the encounter.

Huddersfield's penalty woes continue

The main event of the encounter came in the 74th minute when French striker Yaya Sanogo missed a penalty for the Terriers.

Academy graduate Aaron Rowe won the penalty after he was upended by Cardiff defender Curtis Nelson, with former Toulouse striker Sanogo stepping up to take the resulting penalty and subsequently missing it.

The miss means that Huddersfield have missed all of the three penalties they've been awarded this season, and the decision to put unnecessary pressure on newcomer Sanogo by allowing him to take the penalty may be a decision that Carlos Corberan rues come the end of the season, as it cost the Terriers the win tonight.

Much needed clean sheet for Schofield

Huddersfield shot-stopper Ryan Schofield has recently suffered his most challenging spell with Huddersfield Town since his breakthrough in the first team late last year.

The academy graduate has recently endured a miserable run of form but was back to his best tonight producing some excellent saves that will have impressed Carlos Corberan.

The defensive performances have proved to be an Achilles heel for Huddersfield this season and tonight's clean sheet will provide Schofield and the backline in front of him with some much-needed confidence.

First goalless performance under McCarthy

Friday's trip to West Yorkshire proved to be Mick McCarthy's first game in charge of Cardiff without the Bluebirds scoring.

Since his arrival, the Barnsley born manager has provided a much-needed lift to the South Wales side and got their playoff push back on track with some excellent performances, particularly in attack.

Tonight however, his side failed to cause the Huddersfield defence many problems and McCarthy will hope this won't become a habit as his side target a Premier League return, after a two-year absence from the top flight.

Conclusion

Ultimately out of the two teams the visiting Cardiff City will feel the happier with the point they obtained in the clash in West Yorkshire.

With the Bluebirds far from their brilliant best, tonight was a glorious opportunity for Carlos Corberan's Huddersfield to ease the pressure on themselves from the threat of relegation, but they failed to take advantage of the lacklustre Cardiff.

While we will only know in the future how important this game could prove to be for Huddersfield, it certainly will feel like two points lost for the Terriers as opposed to one point gained.

 

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