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Huddersfield give final hope to Championship play-offs as Luton goalkeeper Matt Ingram’s ‘mistake’ sees first leg end in a draw


Carlos Corberan inspired Huddersfield to a 1-1 draw with Luton to put them ahead in their Championship play-off.

Corberan, who was Marcelo Bielsa’s number two at Leeds United, helped the Terriers to a valuable draw at Kenilworth Road which will give them a solid platform in the second leg at John Smith Stadium on Monday night.

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Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan will be the happier of the two bosses after the first leg

Danel Salini put Huddersfield ahead in front of their traveling fans early in the first half, before Sonny Bradley equalized for Nathan Jones’ side after half an hour.

Corberan’s side then showed their quality by dictating play and nullifying the hosts’ threat, ensuring they emerged from the first leg the happiest of both sides.

The clash got off to a frantic start when Huddersfield had a genuine penalty case as Harry Toffolo was bundled up in the penalty area after just 40 seconds into the game.

Luton took the game against the Terriers with James Bree forcing an excellent save from Lee Nicholls with a powerful drive from distance, before the visitors hit the Hatters on the break leading Danel Sinani to move home past Matt Ingram.


Huddersfield give final hope to Championship play-offs as Luton goalkeeper Matt Ingram’s ‘mistake’ sees first leg end in a draw

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Sinani opened the scoring by beating Ingram at his near post

Huddersfield give final hope to Championship play-offs as Luton goalkeeper Matt Ingram’s ‘mistake’ sees first leg end in a draw

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Sinani couldn’t hide his joy as he celebrated in front of Huddersfield fans

David Connolly was on commentary duty with talkSPORT and believes the loan signing should have done better.

He said: “It’s a classy finish, a really good goal but Naismith slips at the absolute wrong time. He loses his footing, then he leaves, Sinani.

“Naismith just went after his keeper, Ingram. He feels he definitely shouldn’t be beaten in his close position and I’m inclined to agree.

“If it’s through goal then fair play, but at his near post it’s a combination of errors there.”

Huddersfield give final hope to Championship play-offs as Luton goalkeeper Matt Ingram’s ‘mistake’ sees first leg end in a draw

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Bradley swung Kenilworth Road with an effort after 30 minutes

Jones’ side continued to play their natural game as Huddersfield sat back, and they got their reward after half an hour as a whipped free-kick met club captain Bradley’s head who powered off a home effort to level the playing field, with Connolly hailing it as a “fantastic finish”.

Cameron Jerome came close before the break with a magnificent curling effort from distance, but no doubt the visitors will have been the happiest at the break.

This continued into the second half as Huddersfield changed their counter-attacking game to a more possession-based approach as they stroked the ball down the pitch, but without creating much.

However, despite failing to score a winning goal, Huddersfield boss Corberan will be happy to put the draw in West Yorkshire and the John Smith Stadium on equal footing.

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