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Huddersfield Town 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Terriers beat Owls in Yorkshire derby

Josh Koroma (above) and Isaac Mbenza both scored inside the first 24 minutes at John Smith's Stadium
Josh Koroma (above) and Isaac Mbenza both scored inside the first 24 minutes at John Smith's Stadium

Huddersfield Town brought an end to their dreadful recent home derby record against Sheffield Wednesday as they beat the Championship's bottom club.

Two goals inside the opening 24 minutes from Josh Koroma and Isasac Mbenza set the Terriers on their way.

Huddersfield's victory made it three consecutive home league wins for the first time since February 2017 - and to emphasise the impressiveness of that result they did it on the back of a horrendous home record against the Owls over the last decade.

In the Owls' most recent eight visits to this corner of West Yorkshire, Huddersfield had failed even to score, losing seven of those eight games.

Anthony Pilkington was the last Terriers player to score a home goal against the Owls in this fixture, netting the only goal in a 1-0 win in January 2011.

Almost 10 years on, it took just 11 minutes to put that right as Fraizer Campbell's dummy freed Koroma, whose left-foot shot from the centre of the box found the bottom right corner.

The Terriers then doubled their lead from a free-kick awarded for Liam Palmer's trip on Koroma - and Mbenza's right foot found the top-left corner.

That proved to be the last of the only two efforts Huddersfield had on target all night - one more than new Wednesday boss Tony Pulis witnessed for his Owls.

Huddersfield's first win over Wednesday in 12 derby meetings left Pulis still waiting for his first win six games into his reign.

But the hosts, who could even afford to miss a second-half penalty by Juninho Bacuna, were off and running from the moment they went ahead with Koroma's fifth goal in eight games.

Campbell's step-over left Koroma up against a flat-footed Dominic Iorfa and he burst past the Wednesday defender to shoot across goal and find the corner from 10 yards.

Mbenza's curling 20-yard free-kick then doubled their lead as Joe Wildsmith got a hand to it but could only help it into his top-right corner.

The hosts then squandered their chance of a three-goal cushion four minutes into the second half when Iorfa brought down Bacuna but the Town substitute's poor penalty hit the outside of Wildsmith's right-hand post.

The Owls, still four points adrift of safety, now face another derby this Saturday, an all-south Yorkshire affair with fellow strugglers Barnsley.

Huddersfield, who are now just four points off a play-off place in 12th, face a long trip to new Championship leaders Bournemouth.

Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio Leeds:

"The start of the game was really good. We started to control the game from the back.

"We created some chances and scored a couple of goals. After that, the team lost a bit of control.

"We know how difficult it is to win two games in a row in the Championship, but at the same time I have high expectations of our players."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"First 20 minutes we were all over the place. That's the worst 20 minutes I've had since coming here.

"If you give them a 2-0 start it's uphill all the way. We showed more commitment second half without showing any real quality.

"The lads looked for the first 20 minutes really, really tired. Whatever we were doing, they were on the front foot. I don't want to make excuses. I just thought we were awful in that first 20 minutes.

"I spoke to a lot of people before I took the job. I knew what I was getting myself in for. It's a massive club, but it's going to be tough."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Hamer
  • 2Ávila
  • 35Edmonds-Green
  • 23Sarr
  • 3ToffoloBooked at 71mins
  • 14Eiting
  • 6HoggSubstituted forBacunaat 35'minutes
  • 8O'Brien
  • 18MbenzaSubstituted forVallejo Mínguezat 83'minutes
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forWardat 83'minutes
  • 19KoromaSubstituted forBrownat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Vallejo Mínguez
  • 7Bacuna
  • 10Pritchard
  • 11Diakhaby
  • 25Ward
  • 28Brown
  • 29Rowe
  • 31Schofield
  • 36Phillips

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-5-1

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 27Iorfa
  • 15LeesBooked at 86mins
  • 13BörnerSubstituted forPalmerat 20'minutesBooked at 22mins
  • 22Odubajo
  • 7K HarrisBooked at 71mins
  • 5PatersonSubstituted forKachungaat 80'minutes
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forPelupessyat 45'minutes
  • 10BannanSubstituted forBrownat 86'minutes
  • 11Reach
  • 18WindassSubstituted forRhodesat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Palmer
  • 4van Aken
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 14Penney
  • 17Dele-Bashiru
  • 20Rhodes
  • 24Brown
  • 25Dawson
  • 45Kachunga
Referee:
Keith Stroud

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town).

  6. Post update

    Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Booking

    Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Harry Toffolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Isaiah Brown replaces Barry Bannan.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Danny Ward replaces Fraizer Campbell.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Álex Vallejo replaces Isaac Mbenza.

  13. Post update

    Rarmani Edmonds-Green (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes replaces Josh Windass.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Elias Kachunga replaces Callum Paterson.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Toffolo.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Windass (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Lees.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Callum Paterson is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth1787229161331
2Norwich169432115631
3Watford178632112930
4Swansea178631910930
5Reading169342619730
6Stoke178452420428
7Brentford167632415927
8Bristol City168351916327
9Cardiff177552314926
10Blackburn1674531191225
11Middlesbrough166641611524
12Huddersfield177372222024
13Luton176561420-623
14Millwall174941414021
15Preston166282225-320
16Birmingham164751214-219
17Barnsley165471721-419
18QPR174671825-718
19Coventry174671826-818
20Rotherham1734101525-1013
21Nottm Forest16349919-1013
22Wycombe16259923-1411
23Derby16259822-1411
24Sheff Wed17368917-89
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