Huddersfield Town 1-2 AFC Bournemouth: Huddersfield player ratings in open affair
Huddersfield Town v AFC Bournemouth - Sky Bet Championship
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Juninho Bacuna of Huddersfield Town (l) is challenged by Steve Cook of Bournemouth during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and AFC Bournemouth at John Smith's Stadium on April 13, 2021 in Huddersfield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Huddersfield Town faced defeat at the John Smith Stadium in West Yorkshire on Tuesday afternoon. Philip Billing opened the scoring for AFC Bournemouth, scoring a header from 10 yards out following a rebound. Ryan Schofield saved from close range but only for the ball to be bundled in. 

Bournemouth made it two just a minute before half time, Dominic Solanke coming out on top after a mistake from Rarmani Edmonds-Green as he booted the ball from outside the box just on half time. Jonathan Hogg did pull one back for the Terriers in the 76th minute, a header met after a corner at the near post, flicking the ball into the back of the net spurring Huddersfield on. But it wasn't to be for Town who suffered defeat once again.

The Terriers currently sit 19th in the league table, five points the difference between themselves and Rotherham United in the relegation zone.

  • Defence

Ryan Schofield 7/10 - Town's keeper had a very good game considering he conceded two goals at the back. Schofield was neat all game making some instrumental saves especially towards the back end of the game. He denied Sam Surridge in the 88th minute from close range after the striker met Billing's cross. He will need to be at his best once again as Town shape up to face Nottingham Forest on the road next weekend.

Rarmani Edmonds-Green 7.5/10 - At fault for Bournemouth's second goal, Edmonds Green otherwise had a very fruitful game looking to be positive when on the ball. Finding gaps, filling in, the player who looked out for danger, he was good most of the game and tried to be the supplier from the back into the midfield areas when called upon to take the opportunity.

Richard Keogh 8/10 - Town's veteran was the best defender for the Terriers on the night, even though they fell to defeat at the hands of the Cherries. Assertive but also responsive, he made sure he showed his intentions at the back as the most experienced player in the squad under Carlos Corberan

Naby Sarr 7/10 - Sarr is a massive presence for the team on the right hand side. He made sure he showed his qualities on the ball but was unable to nullify the threats of Billing and Solanke through the middle as they tried to exploit the right hand pockets at the same time. Rated a solid seven he was composed at the back although he found it very difficult to cope with the aerial threats on Bournemouth. 

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  • Midfield

Jonathan Hogg 7.5/10 - Hogg, versatile as ever, tried his best to put Bournemouth under pressure in the centre of midfield. He was the main supplier as Town went for a very attacking formation but he was unable to keep the consistency levels all game as the Cherries defence kept tabs on his movement on and off the ball at the John Smith Stadium. He did get on the scoresheet but that is as good as it got for the number six. 

Isaac Mbenza 7/10 - Mbenza can be a powerhouse on his day but was off his levels on Tuesday night. He lapsed in concentration several times when on the ball, failing to convert when receiving the ball on the left to initiate attacks. He was substituted at half time just based on his final ball as he looks ahead to better games in a Town shirt.

Aaron Rowe 6/10 - Rowe was average but bought pace in abundance. He combined nicely on various occasions all over the field, trying to build up assists for goal, his combination play improved as the minutes ticked by. A youngster in the ranks, he still has many more hours on the training pitch to come in order to become a star in the making according to Terriers fans. He did have the chance of the game for the Terriers in the first but was unable to capitalise.

Juninho Bacuna 8/10 - Bacuna was decent but average. One of the best athletes in the team in terms of control and ability on the ball he struggled to get a foothold in the game. His attitude can never be questioned, second to none always coming out with positive intent from the get go. 

Lewis O'Brien 7.5/10 - The star player wasn't at his best on the night for Huddersfield. O'Brien did contribute, his fierce effort in the 49th minute striking the inside of the woodwork. The midfielder is such a talented player with a beautiful left foot but the spark wasn't there to be seen compared to his previous games where he was player of the match and made a huge impact. Although, it could be said that Bournemouth made sure they trapped O'Brien and kept him quiet, they almost mitigated his impact from the start.

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  • Attack

Fraizer Campbell 6/10 - Campbell just didn't look himself once again as the season and his career is slowly coming to a close. Although he has a wealth of experience, he was unable to utilise his attributes to challenge Bournemouth. He wasn't sharp at all and couldn't hold onto the ball when receiving it at his feet.

Duane Holmes 7/10 - Holmes looked the liveliest attacking player, assured in his play from the start. He was substituted late on but showed he is always up for the fight no matter the situation. Holmes has speed and energy and is able to get past players with comfort, always a danger when facing up defences but found it a robust task to open up the Bournemouth defence.

  • Substitutes

Rolando Aarons 7/10 - Aarons had a conservative game coming on off the substitutes bench for Mbenza a minute after half time. He made sure his presence was felt with balls over the top and through the middle. Not looking flustered, he was focused on achieving a result and showing his class on the ball. Although he couldn't help in gaining anything from the game, the team was better shaped when he stepped foot on the field. 

Sorba Thomas 7.5/10 - The best player for Town, he was my man of the match from a Terriers perspective. He made an immediate impact taking to the pitch like his own. Using his particular skill set, he was economical on the night and showed he is worthy of a starting position and not just seen as a super substitute under Corberan. Thomas is 22 years old and signed with Huddersfield Town on 13 January 2021. He made his professional debut with Huddersfield in a 3-2 Sky Bet Championship loss to Wycombe Wanderers on 13 February 2021. 

Danny Ward 6.5/10 - Ward was brought on in the 54th minute just after half time to try and influence the game taking up Campbell's positions upfront. He did do better than his counterpart but didn't have a fantastic game, alienated and disintegrated from the rest of the squad in the build up play.

Jaden Brown 6/10 - Making a brief introduction the youngster made his first debut for Town in August 2019, but has come along way showing improvement in his game. He came on for Holmes with five minutes to play but couldn't fire Town to an equaliser after Hogg pulled one back.

Scott High 7/10 - High came on with roughly 19 minutes to play. Brought on for Bacuna his job was to dictate play which gave Town some stability as he tracked back on numerous occasions. High is known for his hard work as Corberan has seen enough of him to give the player a chance off the bench in various contests.

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