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Huddersfield continues to hunt for promotion after 1-1 draw against Stoke City

Huddersfield 1-1 Stoke City: Terriers continue to hunt for promotion after controversy with Josh Koroma… As striker escaped punishment for shocking tackle before scoring the first goal of the game

  • Josh Koroma put hosts ahead, before Jacob Brown equalized for Stoke
  • Koroma escaped punishment for terrible challenge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis
  • Huddersfield remains sixth in Championship, unbeaten in last 10 games
  • Stoke remained 10th, six points away from Huddersfield and last place in the play-offs
  • But the visitors have only won once in their last six championship games



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Substitute Jacob Brown hit a late equalizer to secure Stoke a 1-1 draw at fellow play-off hopefuls Huddersfield.

Josh Koroma had previously ended a run of 19 games without a championship goal by giving the Terriers a first-half lead just after he was lucky enough to stay on the field after a high tackle.

But Carlos Corberan’s sixth-seeded side failed to open a nine-point buffer over their opponents after a surprisingly weak second period.

Huddersfield remained in the play-offs after a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City

Huddersfield remained in the play-offs after a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City

The draw extended Huddersfield’s unbeaten run to 10 games – their best run since 2011 when Lee Clark masterminded a 23-game stint without a loss before succumbing 3-0 to Peterborough in the League One play-off final.

Huddersfield had made the whole early run with an explosive burst of pace by Koroma down the left flank, leading to a header opportunity for Danny Ward who flashed just over the bar.

Lewis O’Brien also called Stoke goalkeeper Jack Bonham into action with a 15-yard effort after exchanging passes with Koroma.

The Potters tied the score in the second half thanks to a goal from Jacob Brown (No. 18)

The Potters tied the score in the second half thanks to a goal from Jacob Brown (No. 18)

The Potters tied the score in the second half thanks to a goal from Jacob Brown (No. 18)

The pair rejoined just before 15 minutes with Koroma curling forward from afar after O’Brien found him with a square pass.

Stoke then mustered their first opening of the night in the 19th minute as Jaden Philogene-Bidace showed deft footwork close to the byline before enlisting Mario Vrancic for a stabbed shot from 15 yards that knocked Lee Nicholls over.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis headed over from Lewis Baker’s ensuing corner before Koroma’s knee-high tackle on the first gave him the luck to escape referee Gavin Ward’s penalty.

Much to the chagrin of outgoing boss Michael O’Neill, Koroma then opened the scoring in the 27th minute when, after being knocked out again by O’Brien, his edge-of-the-box attempt went over Bonham using a deflection by Ben Wilmot.

Josh Koroma gave the Terriers the lead midway through the first half with a smart finish

Josh Koroma gave the Terriers the lead midway through the first half with a smart finish

Josh Koroma gave the Terriers the lead midway through the first half with a smart finish

But he arguably should have been sent off for a terrible challenge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis

But he arguably should have been sent off for a terrible challenge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis

But he arguably should have been sent off for a terrible challenge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis

Huddersfield attacker escaped punishment somewhat despite protests from Stoke players

Huddersfield attacker escaped punishment somewhat despite protests from Stoke players

Huddersfield attacker escaped punishment somewhat despite protests from Stoke players

The Potters were hurt again moments later when strong penalties were ignored after Tyrese Campbell was tripped by Tom Lees in the home zone.

Ward then curled right at Bonham from 20 yards, before Philogene-Bidace robbed a careless Matty Pearson of possession before dodging Lees’ challenge and testing Nicholls from just inside the penalty area.

On the other side, Bonham smothered a shot from Sorba Thomas and Ward directed a low Koroma cross near the post, before the half ended with a back attempt from Campbell that comfortably collected Nicholls.

A stiff start to the second period saw neither side attempt a goal until Stoke skipper Baker’s 68th minute drive was well held by Nicholls.

Campbell’s unconvincing shot from 20 yards lacked the power to extend the keeper, but as his team had lost all their attacking power since the break, Corberan introduced Jordan Rhodes and Duane Holmes from the bench.

Moments later, Holmes narrowly headed over after a positive play by Thomas.

But it was Potters substitute Brown who tied the score in the 78th minute after Ollie Turton’s poor play resulted in Philogene-Bidace rattling Nicholls’ right post.

After Campbell’s follow-up attempt was blocked by O’Brien, Brown then hit a thumping edge-of-the-box attack in the top left corner.

The hosts started a late rally, but Holmes missed the target from distance in stoppage time and Scott High didn’t lift a curling attempt high enough to defeat Bonham.

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