Huddersfield again pays the fine for lack of goals
Huddersfield continued to count the costs of change from referee Lee Mason in their 0-0 draw against other Cardiff relegation wrestlers.
What was a bleak Premier League affair that had little quality caused an important 76-minute chat when Mason pointed to the penalty spot after Florent Hadergjonaj fell into the box.
Several players from Cardiff rushed to Mason's assistant in the corner and the referee quickly made his way to an interview.
Mason then drastically reversed his decision and rebuked Hadergjonaj for grabbing Joe Bennett instead of the other way around, much to the surprise of Huddersfield manager David Wagner on the sidelines.
The bottom line, however, is that the match will do little to help the respective degradation battles of the two clubs.
Cardiff remains in a healthier position to survive, with an advantage of eight points over Huddersfield, but the failure to create an opening worthy of the name against opponents who had lost their previous nine games in all leagues, alarm manager Neil Warnock.
Cardiff & # 39; s Aron Gunnarsson (left) and Huddersfields Alex Pritchard (right) compete for possession in the scoreless Premier League draw (Nick Potts / PA)
At least Huddersfield stopped the rot after a staggering shape, and will be encouraged by the fact that they played better football.
But one point is of no great use in the current situation of the Terriers, especially with Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal on their list of matches in sight.
Jason Puncheon made his first league start for Huddersfield and the Crystal Palace-borrower also made it a nine-minute shot.
The low ride from Puncheon swept wide, but Cardiff quickly forced the pace and Christopher Schindler, just back from the suspension, was warned of a cynical offense against Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
Cardiff had two penalty hits in the course of three minutes with Philip Billing's header against Erik Durm's arm.
Mason might be forgiven for not pointing to the spot because Durm was only a few yards away from billing and was unable to get out of the way.
But Cardiff had a stronger case when Mendez-Laing surprised Durm and ended his cross with Junior Hoilett who fell under Hadergjonaj.
Huddersfield dominated possession after those escapes and control of the game manifested themselves with half-chances for Elias Kachunga and Steve Mounie.
Cardiff had a shortage of creativity because their classy Spaniard Victor Camarasa was well controlled and struggling to make an impact.
But Sean Morrison was inches away from hitting the corner of home Hoilett with Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lossl helpless in the back of the net and complaining about a mistake that never came.
Cardiff lost Camarasa from injury and with Huddersfield looking for the more likely scorers, he broke to see Callum Paterson's shot deflected by Christopher Schindler.
The non-punishment order breathed new life into a game that had gone aimless to the final whistle.
Aron Gunnarsson had to make an effort and the injury-time header of Laurent Depoitre was stopped by Neil Etheridge on the other side, but neither side had the advantage of finding a winner.
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