Huddersfield made it 3 games without a win, failing to take their chances in a 1-1 draw with promotion chasing Swansea.
Going into the game Danny Cowley stressed that his team can get back to winning ways despite looking slower in Saturday’s game against Birmingham, ultimately conceding a controversial equaliser after wasting numerous chances to take all 3 points.
Swansea who were beaten by a resurgent Millwall at the Liberty in their last game were unbeaten away and would be another huge test.
Huddersfield were unchanged from Saturday’s game; Swansea made 4 changes going with the impressive Freddie Woodman in goal, captain Matt Grimes and Jay Fulton in the middle of the park with the danger men of Andre Ayew and Kristoffer Peterson on the flanks behind the main striker Borja Baston.
The game was end to end as predicted, Swansea looked a threat on the break and could have had a penalty early on. 9 minutes had passed when Kristoffer Peterson who looked a threat early on skipped past Bacuna who never looked comfortable against his pace and skill, seemed to be dragged down. I’ve certainly seen them given but Jarred Gillett didn’t agree.
Swansea undeterred hit the front in the 18th minute a cross in was flicked on twice before ending up at the feet of Jay Fulton who smashed it into the roof of the net. It was a great finish and Grabara in the town goal was powerless to stop it, but the cross wasn’t closed down and Swansea were able to get two unchallenged flicks in Town’s box which will greatly disappoint Cowley.
Once in the lead the Swans looked to make the game scrappy and the referee allowed them to with Towns defenders giving away a string of needless cheap fouls.
A rash tackle from Frazier Campbell on Mike De Hoorn created uproar on the Swansea bench the referee took a minute or two to decide whether it was yellow or red, brandishing the yellow much to the relief of the locals, who didn’t seem to like Gillett at this point with the chant of “You don’t know what you’re doing” ringing around the John Smiths on numerous occasions.
Town scored not long after in the 41st minute, a long distance shot from Alex Pritchard deflected off Town captain Chris Schindler straight to Karlan Grant who slotted it past Woodman. It was lucky the way the ball hit Schindler and bounced to Grant who may have been offside but once it fell to him, with his ability he made no mistake. Town couldn’t create any clear cut chances before the break and half time came.
Into the second half and Town again looked to take the ascendancy, putting in a few dangerous low crosses but Swansea defender Ben Cabagno on his league debut made two sliding interceptions to deny goal scoring chances for Grant. Grant also had two clear cut chances stopped by the recovering Swans defender Ben Wilmot after poor control from the number 16. Swansea were limited to the counterattack looking dangerous when they got in full flow, Bersant Celina who was everywhere in the midfield had a shot that looked destined for the bottom right corner before Stankovic blocked it. The resulting corner went deep Cabagnogetting his head on it at the back post but the angle was against him.
The big moment of the 2nd half came late on in the 86th minute, a tackle went in from Swansea sub George Byers on Chalobah who took exception and was deemed to headbutt him. Danny Cowley said in his press conference that Chalobah will learn from the mistake and that he will be a big miss for the 3 games of his suspension. Swansea didn’t really have enough time to take advantage of the man difference. Their only chance coming in stoppage time when Sam Sturridge poked the ball straight at Grabara.
Overall both teams will feel they could have won the game and Town probably should have given their good performance. But a point and the performance against a quality team like Swansea will certainly please Danny Cowley and give him encouragement.
The result keeps Huddersfield in 19th and moves Swansea up to 5th. It’s the long trip to Bristol next for Huddersfield while Swansea host Fulham in the Friday night game