Match Review: Huddersfield Town vs Birmingham City

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Huddersfield Town 1 – 1 Birmingham City

In a match which was a much anticipated win for the home side did not turn out as straight forward as was expected, as Huddersfield Town played out to a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner said that he would “respect” the opposition for today’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round encounter against Birmingham City and did so with a reasonably strong side to face the Blues.

It was a slow start to what was a much dominating first half performance from the hosts Huddersfield Town.

That was soon to change when Florent Hadergjonaj combined with Abdelhamid Sabri, before crossing in for Steve Mounié to head into the top corner to give the hosts the lead.

The away side had their own chances to score, and one of the more clearer chances came for Jota who could only put a cross wide of the goal from Cohen Brammall.

The second half was much to the credit of Steve Cotterill’s tactics at half time and his team came out firing after the break.

The Blues levelled just ten minutes into the second half after Lukas Jutkiewicz capitalised from a defensive error.

A mistake from Michael Hefele allowed the former Town loanee to turn and drive a low powerful shot into the bottom corner, giving Joel Coleman no chance.

At a time when the away side were on top, Birmingham had the ball in the net after Jutkiewicz headed well over Joel Coleman, but the flag was up, and the goal was disallowed by referee Neil Swarbrick.

Huddersfield will feel that they had enough chances to comfortably see off their opponents one chance came from Abdelhamid Sabri’s corner deep into the area and found Quaner but he got the ball tangled in his feet.

The home side’s wide play was one of the positives of the day, this time it was Joe Lolley who hugged the touchline before getting the better of Jenkinson to cross in, but Sabri’s volley went harmlessly wide of the mark.

Jota got in goal but Coleman in the Town goal denied him before Malone put his keeper in trouble but they both combined to deny the Blues taking the lead.

In added time, Joe Lolley had a chance to win it for the home side but scuffed both his shot and his team’s chances of winning the contest with a poor shot well over the bar, after a brilliant counter attack.

There will now be a replay at St Andrews on Tuesday 6 February, but David Wagner’s side will be in the FA Cup fifth round draw on Monday night. Our Editor is a Brummie fan living in Huddersfield, so the result won’t go well either way for him.

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