Written by Morgan Lecomber
A Fernando Forestieri penalty midway through the second half earned Sheffield Wednesday a victory and ended Huddersfield Town’s perfect home record.
Huddersfield failed to make the opportunity of heading back to the summit of the table count as they were beaten 1-0 at home to a well organised Sheffield Wednesday side.
22,368 fans were in attendance for the Yorkshire Derby at the John Smiths Stadium. The Championship clash was televised by Sky Sports, Towns first appearance in front of the Sky cameras for the 16/17 season.
The Owls had a huge chance in the opening 5 minutes, as a Forestieri pass found Kieran Lee who’s shot was deflected wide.
Shortly afterwards a cross from the right hit the top of the bar and Tom Lees was inches away from connecting with the ball, which would’ve put Wednesday ahead.
Town went mighty close before the break, when Elias Kachunga shot on the turn inside the box and a deflection from Daniel Pudil nearly thwarted keeper Kieran Westwood but he reacted well and just about kept it out.
On the stroke of half time, Kasey Palmer had a 20 yard effort stopped by Westwood, Town fans began to wonder if they’d be able to get the ball past the Irish keeper, who proved to be equal to everything Town threw at him all afternoon.
Both sides had chances, but the two keepers between the sticks were faultless in the opening 45. The score 0-0 at the break.
But in the second half, it started to open up. In the 50th minute, Adam Reach looped a pinpoint ball over to the dangerous Italian Forestieri and he skipped past Mark Hudson and Christopher Schindler before producing a precise clip over the helpless Danny Ward. The ball bounced in slow motion towards the goal and the away fans started to celebrate but they were left being laughed at by the Huddersfield fans after the ball hit the post and Town cleared.
Forestieri was becoming a real handful, and it wasn’t long before he was involved in the action again as a corner from the right found Tom Lees who smashed it at goal but Rajiv Van La Parra blocked illegally with his hands in an unnatural position and after delaying for a few moments, the referee pointed to the spot.
Forestieri stood over the ball and as cool as you like, he sent Ward the wrong way and placed it in the top right hand corner from the spot.
Town reacted with a change as Jack Payne replaced Kasey Palmer. But still the Owls held out strong, and Town just couldn’t get in behind them.
With ten minutes to go Micheal Hefele was brought on with instructions for Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga and a comical moment occurred when Ross Wallace snatched the note out Kachunga’s hand, although the German striker didn’t see the funny side and grabbed it back.
Wednesday held out professionally and could’ve even doubled their advantage late on as Palmer’s effort was blocked by Danny Ward.
A huge moment of controversy occurred at the final whistle as Town earned a corner but the referee Graham Scott decided to blow for full time and the Huddersfield players ran over to the official to complain but Micheal Hefele earned himself a yellow card and Sheffield Wednesday earned 3 points.
The result means Town stay in 3rd behind Norwich and Newcastle, as for Wednesday, they climb up to 7th and are closing in on the top six.
In my opinion Town weren’t at their best and didn’t look as comfortable as normal in defence. Wednesday played well as a team and defended very well when called upon. A defeat was harsh on Town who would’ve picked up a point an another day, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
Player Ratings: Danny Ward 7, Tommy Smith 7, Mark Hudson 6, Christopher Schindler 6, Chris Löwe 7, Jonathan Hogg 7, Aaron Mooy 7, Elias Kachunga 6, Kasey Palmer 7, Rajiv Van La Parra 5, Nahki Wells 6.
Substitutes: Jack Payne 6, Micheal Hefele 6.
Sheffield Wednesday: Kieran Westwood 8, Liam Palmer 7, Tom Lees 7, Sam Hutchinson 7, Daniel Pudil 7, Barry Bannan 7, Kieran Lee 7, David Jones 6, Adam Reach 7, Gary Hooper 6, Fernando Forestieri 8.
Substitutes: Ross Wallace 7, Adthe Nuhiu 6, Glenn Loovens N/A
Huddersfield fans, what went wrong in this match? Will you bounce back from the defeat? Let us know in the comments below!
featured image b Chris Price