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Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Huddersfield Town

By Ian WoodcockBBC Sport
Adam Clayton

Huddersfield Town deservedly beat Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday to leave the hosts stuck in the Championship relegation zone.

Martin Paterson gave the visitors the lead when he slotted home from Adam Clayton's neat through-ball.

Clayton made it 2-0 with a low shot from the edge of the area after the ball had rebounded into his path.

The Owls pushed late on but Connor Wickham's injury-time free-kick came too late to change matters.

The game was a match-up between two of the division's most out-of-form teams, with the hosts having recorded just one win all season while the visitors had been victorious in one of their last eight matches.

Mark Robins' side went in front inside the opening 10 minutes. Clayton showed tidy control before slipping the ball through to Paterson and, despite the Northern Ireland international appearing to be marginally offside, the flag stayed down to allow him to score his first of the season.

Wednesday had scored five goals in their last home outing but struggled to keep up with the early pace being set by the visiting side.

With the Owls looking disjointed, Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood forced debutant keeper Damian Martinez into a low save from 30 yards as they looked to add to their lead before half-time.

It came as little surprise that Dave Jones made changes at the break, as Jermaine Johnson and Giles Coke were sent on for the ineffectual Michail Antonio and the booked Stephen McPhail.

However less than a minute into the second period it should have been 2-0, when Paul Dixon's shot was deflected into the path of James Vaughan six yards from goal - but the former Everton man sliced wide.

Wednesday finally registered their first shot on target just before the hour mark but Alex Smithies was equal to Jermaine Johnson's well struck 25-yarder.

Just as the hosts had started to exert some pressure on the Town goal they found themselves two behind. Huddersfield worked a corner back to Norwood to strike and, after his shot was blocked, Clayton made no mistake with a low half-volley.

The Owls pushed late on and at least had something to show for their efforts when Wickham's low free-kick found the back of the net in injury time.

Victory moves the Terriers up to 13th in the table while Wednesday remain three points off safety.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones:

"It's part and parcel of being a football manager - if you're not doing well people always think change is for the best.

"You've got to be prepared and ready for those questions. You reporters have a job to do, but I look at it in a positive way.

"There have been so many managers here - when do you stop?

"There is no magic formula other than hard work and me and my staff work and work because we want to get it right."

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins:

(On Paterson and Clayton who returned to the team after being banned for a training ground altercation) "I do things a certain way, but by no stretch of the imagination can we afford to leave our better players out for long periods, but they've got to tow the line.

"I'm pleased for them, but I'm pleased for everybody, I thought we were outstanding."

"Paterson is a top player. It's taken him a little bit of time to settle down for whatever reason, but if he performs like that he will be a handful in the Championship."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Martinez
  • 2Buxton
  • 17Helan
  • 19MattockSubstituted forMaghomaat 74'minutes
  • 8Johnson
  • 32LleraBooked at 44mins
  • 7AntonioSubstituted forJohnsonat 45'minutes
  • 6Semedo
  • 29Wickham
  • 28Fryatt
  • 27McPhailBooked at 33minsSubstituted forCokeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kirkland
  • 3Johnson
  • 10Maghoma
  • 11Johnson
  • 14Coke
  • 22Palmer
  • 34Nuhiu

Huddersfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1SmithiesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Hammill
  • 3Dixon
  • 33Lynch
  • 39Gerrard
  • 27SmithBooked at 84mins
  • 6Hogg
  • 4Norwood
  • 9VaughanBooked at 31mins
  • 17PatersonSubstituted forRichardsat 90'minutes
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 15minsSubstituted forGobernat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Scannell
  • 10Gobern
  • 11Ward
  • 13Bennett
  • 15M Wallace
  • 21Richards
  • 38Holmes
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
19,338

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Huddersfield Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Huddersfield Town 2.

  3. Booking

    Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Huddersfield Town 2. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Richards (Huddersfield Town).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Oscar Gobern replaces Adam Clayton.

  8. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Ashley Richards replaces Martin Paterson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

  19. Post update

    Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Booking

    Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.