Jordan Rhodes's injury-time penalty gave Huddersfield a first point back in the Championship with a draw against Nottingham Forest.

Forest twice hit the woodwork in a first half they dominated, Lewis McGugan rattling the post and Dexter Blackstock's shot hitting the bar.

Simon Cox's fine strike looked to have won it for the visitors.

Prolific Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes has now scored 42 goals in his last 50 games for Huddersfield, Scotland and Scotland Under-21s

But striker Rhodes's spot-kick, after Jack Hunt had been felled in the area, ensured a point for Town.

Huddersfield had recalled Rhodes after he missed the opening day defeat by Cardiff with a hamstring injury picked up on international duty with Scotland.

With new Forest owners the Al Hasawi family in attendance, boss Sean O'Driscoll will have been pleased with how his side started - McGugan thundering a shot against the post before Blackstock was twice thwarted by home keeper Alex Smithies.

Despite struggling to cope with Forest's high tempo game Town did threaten, particularly down their left-hand side with Sean Scannell's pace causing problems - and they could have taken the lead but for Lee Novak's wasteful shot from Adam Clayton's delightful lofted pass.

It was brief respite for the hosts whose goal started to lead a charmed life as the half wore on.

Smithies improbably denied Cox from close range before producing a fantastic save from a stunning dipping volley from Adlene Guedioura, and Blackstock saw a shot cleared off the line by Jack Hunt before his deflected follow up hit the crossbar.

Did you know?

Simon Cox's last league goal came in West Brom's 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham on 23 April 2011

Town, playing their first home Championship game since relegation from the second tier in 2001, were looking ragged and the half-time whistle could not come soon enough for Simon Grayson's men.

When Forest's goal eventually came in the second period it was slightly against the run of play but brilliantly taken nonetheless; Republic of Ireland international Cox with a superb high finish across Smithies for his first goal for the Reds since joining from West Brom.

Huddersfield looked to find a way back into the match but found Forest centre halves Danny Collins and Greg Halford in imperious form only for Dan Harding's rash challenge on Hunt to give Town a dramatic lifeline.

Rhodes, who scored 40 goals last season, coolly despatched beyond Lee Camp for his and Town's first competitive goal of the campaign.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Huddersfield

  • 01 Smithies
  • 03 Dixon (Arfield - 81' )
  • 05 P Clarke
  • 32 Hunt
  • 33 Lynch
  • 04 Norwood
  • 08 Clayton
  • 24 Southern (Gerrard - 86' )
  • 07 Scannell
  • 09 Novak (Ward - 81' Booked )
  • 17 Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett
  • 02 Woods
  • 06 Gerrard
  • 11 Ward
  • 16 Arfield
  • 19 Lee
  • 30 Spencer

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 03 Harding
  • 05 Collins
  • 15 Halford Booked
  • 18 Moloney
  • 04 Gillett Booked
  • 07 Guedioura
  • 10 McGugan (Moussi - 81' )
  • 11 Reid
  • 19 Cox (Hutchinson - 88' Booked )
  • 23 Blackstock (Tudgay - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Evtimov
  • 02 Hutchinson
  • 06 Moussi
  • 28 Majewski
  • 17 McGoldrick
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 25 Miller
Ref: Swarbrick
Att: 15,434

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

1 6

Corners

4 7

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:50 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:54 Booking

Booking Sam Hutchinson goes into the referee's book.

90:00 +3:59

The assist for the goal came from Jack Hunt.

90:00 +3:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Jordan Rhodes - Huddersfld 1 - 1 Nott'm For Placed penalty scored by Jordan Rhodes. Huddersfield 1-1 Nottm Forest.

90:00 +2:50

Foul by Dan Harding on Jack Hunt, Penalty awarded.

90:00 +1:43

Close range header by Peter Clarke misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +1:12

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Oliver Norwood from the left by-line, clearance by Marcus Tudgay.

90:00 +0:41

Jack Hunt decides to take a short corner.

89:17

Daniel Ward produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

87:24 Substitution

Substitution Sam Hutchinson comes on in place of Simon Cox.

86:27 Booking

Booking The referee shows Daniel Ward a yellow card.

86:11

Unfair challenge on Brendan Moloney by Daniel Ward results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.

85:16 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Gerrard comes on in place of Keith Southern.

84:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marcus Tudgay. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

83:45

Daniel Ward challenges Adlene Guedioura unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Reid from right channel.

79:56 Substitution

Substitution Guy Moussi is brought on as a substitute for Lewis McGugan.

79:56 Substitution

Substitution (Huddersfield) makes a substitution, with Daniel Ward coming on for Lee Novak.

79:56 Substitution

Substitution Paul Dixon goes off and Scott Arfield comes on.

79:56

Foul by Oliver Norwood on Brendan Moloney, free kick awarded. Lee Camp takes the free kick.

78:01

Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Save made by Lee Camp.

74:10 Substitution

Substitution Dexter Blackstock leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Tudgay.

74:10

Simon Cox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Lynch. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.

72:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis McGugan by Peter Clarke. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.

69:33

Jack Hunt produces a cross.

68:57

Unfair challenge on Sean Scannell by Dexter Blackstock results in a free kick. Adam Clayton takes the free kick.

67:49

Assist by Lewis McGugan.

67:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Cox - Huddersfld 0 - 1 Nott'm For Simon Cox scores a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Huddersfield 0-1 Nottm Forest.

67:02

Effort on goal by Oliver Norwood from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

64:40

Joel Lynch fouled by Dexter Blackstock, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

63:26

Keith Southern gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Reid from right by-line, clearance by Keith Southern.

63:02

Effort on goal by Jordan Rhodes from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

57:57

Headed effort from inside the area by Jordan Rhodes misses to the left of the goal.

56:10

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul Dixon.

54:52

Effort from deep inside the area by Sean Scannell misses to the left of the goal.

53:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dexter Blackstock. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

52:27

Corner taken by Oliver Norwood from the left by-line to the near post, Keith Southern produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

51:40

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Oliver Norwood from left channel, Simon Gillett makes a clearance.

51:40 Booking

Booking Simon Gillett is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

51:30

Brendan Moloney challenges Sean Scannell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

50:45 Booking

Booking Greg Halford goes into the book for dissent.

50:22

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the right by-line, clearance made by Jack Hunt.

49:56

Shot by Dexter Blackstock from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

47:22

Foul by Simon Cox on Adam Clayton, free kick awarded. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

45:34

Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Dixon. Direct free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

43:41

Dexter Blackstock fouled by Oliver Norwood, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis McGugan has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

42:38

Foul by Dexter Blackstock on Jack Hunt, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Oliver Norwood, Danny Collins makes a clearance.

39:46

Unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes by Greg Halford results in a free kick. Adam Clayton restarts play with the free kick.

38:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dexter Blackstock on Joel Lynch. Free kick taken by Adam Clayton.

36:50

Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Joel Lynch makes a clearance.

33:30

Andy Reid takes the inswinging corner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Oliver Norwood by Greg Halford. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

33:03

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the right by-line, clearance by Peter Clarke.

32:34

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Dixon.

31:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Sean Scannell. Joel Lynch restarts play with the free kick.

29:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joel Lynch on Lewis McGugan. Andy Reid crosses the ball in from the free kick, Alex Smithies makes a save.

26:17

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the right by-line to the near post.

25:51

Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

22:31

Simon Cox takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

20:40

Effort on goal by Lee Novak from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

19:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Gillett by Adam Clayton. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.

18:55

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Dexter Blackstock misses to the left of the target.

17:37

Sean Scannell produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

15:58

Simon Gillett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Novak. Direct free kick taken by Peter Clarke.

14:33

Effort on goal by Sean Scannell from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

12:38

Paul Dixon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Reid. Direct free kick taken by Lewis McGugan.

12:04

Foul by Adam Clayton on Andy Reid, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Cox.

9:13

Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

8:15

Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

7:09

Andy Reid has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.

3:37

Lewis McGugan produces a right-footed shot from a long way out and strikes the post.

1:20

Corner taken by Oliver Norwood, Lee Novak has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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