Huddersfield Town 2 Leeds United 1
To lose a game to an 89th minute shot that only came about because another shot caught a lucky deflection is hard to take but before we get too suicidal we should remember that only a few days ago it was Leeds profiting from an 89th minute winner when Blackburn probably thought they’d done enough for a point. What goes around comes around I suppose. Such are the fine margins every week in the Championship that you have to accept what cards are dealt and move on. Another of our Championship rivals, Brighton got a 97th minute equaliser at Brentford today but they will no doubt be on the other side of late drama in games to come if the football gods are being even handed!
Leeds matched a very good looking Huddersfield side in a thrilling first half and thoroughly deserved to get an equaliser to Huddersfield’s 27th minute opener; in the second half though Leeds didn’t quite come up to scratch. Defensively we dealt well with the Terriers but going forward we just lacked some accuracy of passing and Pablo Hernandez looked short of his usual invention. Too many Leeds passes also went astray giving cheap possession up to the home side. Nevertheless it was still galling to have reached that 89th minute unscathed only to then suffer at the hands of fate as a Mooy shot going well wide was deflected into the path of Michael Hefele.
It all kicked-off in the dugouts when Huddersfield scored, Garry Monk giving Wagner a wee nudge as he considered the German was giving a bit too large with his celebrations but you know what? I don’t mind that! Football is a game that stirs the passion and tugs at the emotions as we saw when three sides of the place erupted when that goal went in – had it been the other way round we Leeds fans would have gone mental; it’s the way it has to be to be the game we love so much. So what’s wrong with a manager steaming down the touchline to celebrate and equally what’s wrong with a little nudge to remind him Leeds are here? Nowt in my book!
On we go, nothing was won or lost at The John Smith’s today – despite the fact that the home side celebrated like they’d already won promotion! There will be many more twists and turns and who knows, we may have the chance to get even on the pitch with those Terriers before this season is done.
Huddersfield T L eeds United
Possession 56% 44%
Shots 15 7
On Target 5 3
Corners 7 5
Fouls 12 13