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Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City: McCarthy stays unbeaten after Sanogo penalty miss

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales
Curtis Nelson challenges Yaya Sanogo, who was making his first Huddersfield start
Curtis Nelson challenges Yaya Sanogo, who was making his first Huddersfield start

Mick McCarthy's unbeaten start as Cardiff City manager continued as his 1,000th game in management ended in a goalless draw at Huddersfield Town.

Terriers striker Yaya Sanogo blew the best opportunity of a forgettable match when he missed a second-half penalty.

The ex-Arsenal forward's miss means the Bluebirds are yet to lose in 11 games since McCarthy took charge in January.

This point lifts Cardiff to seventh in the table, while struggling Huddersfield climb a place to 18th.

A first clean sheet in 16 games was a big plus for Huddersfield, though boss Carlos Corberan will feel his team ought to have claimed three points rather than one.

Cardiff's turnaround under McCarthy has been spectacular and, while they were not at their best, they maintain momentum after 11 games without defeat.

A return of 24 points from McCarthy's first 10 fixtures saw him land a two-year contract extension earlier this week.

While Cardiff have flourished in recent times, Huddersfield's form has been miserable, with just one victory in 13 games since the turn of the year.

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Corberan's team have conceded more goals than every Championship club bar Wycombe this season, and they wobbled inside two minutes here as Ryan Schofield did well to deny Sean Morrison.

Huddersfield took charge of possession after the early scare, though their only effort of note in the first half was a Juninho Bacuna free-kick which Dillon Phillips pushed to safety.

Cardiff had more menace despite having less of the ball, with Will Vaulks' fierce volley forcing a sharp save from Schofield.

The visitors' cause was not helped by the loss of Joel Bagan to a shoulder injury, particularly as the youngster was only starting after regular left-wingback Joe Bennett was ruled out for the season earlier this week.

Bacuna was fortunate to escape a card when he reacted to a late Aden Flint challenge by raising a hand to the Cardiff defender's face, with referee Tim Robinson deciding no action was needed against either player.

Chances were scarce early in the second half, although Richard Keogh got to Bacuna's free-kick first only to head wide as he stretched to make contact.

Cardiff's Joe Ralls gets a shot away despite the attentions of four Huddersfield players
Cardiff's Joe Ralls gets a shot away despite the attentions of four Huddersfield players

The contest's big moment came 16 minutes from time, when Aaron Rowe saw an initial shot blocked before being tripped by Curtis Nelson as he collected the rebound.

But Sanogo, who was making his first Huddersfield start, made a mess of the spot-kick which followed, dragging his effort a yard wide.

It was Huddersfield's third penalty miss from three attempts this season while remarkably, Cardiff have not conceded any of the four awarded against them in 2020-21.

Cardiff offered little going forward in the second half as they failed to score for the first time under McCarthy.

It was Huddersfield who almost made amends for Sanogo's miss late on, but Pipa saw an effort smartly saved by Phillips before Fraizer Campbell flashed a half-volley over the bar when he looked favourite to score.

Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan:

"We knew we were going up against an opponent that didn't lose in the last 10 games. They arrived here with a good dynamic of results.

"We knew that we had to play with a lot of character, with a lot of mentality and a competitive mind.

"I am proud of the mentality of the players, I am proud of the character that they played with, I am proud about how they competed.

"But at the same time, I'm totally disappointed because one point when we were feeling we could get something else is not enough."

Cardiff manager Mick McCarthy:

"A really tough game. We haven't played particularly well in it, although we have been really solid.

"They have had a tough schedule as well but we got done I think with the Wednesday-Saturday and Tuesday-Friday, with our energy levels I guess.

"We have had to scrap it out, but if you cant win it, don't get beat. We've ended up with a good point."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 31Schofield
  • 35Edmonds-Green
  • 15Keogh
  • 23Sarr
  • 5Vallejo Mínguez
  • 29RoweSubstituted forStearmanat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8O'Brien
  • 2Ávila
  • 55SanogoSubstituted forPhillipsat 77'minutes
  • 22Campbell

Substitutes

  • 9Holmes
  • 12Stearman
  • 17Duhaney
  • 18Mbenza
  • 27Crichlow
  • 28Brown
  • 36Phillips
  • 44Castro Pereira
  • 49High

Cardiff

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Phillips
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 62mins
  • 5Flint
  • 16Nelson
  • 28Sang
  • 6VaulksBooked at 69mins
  • 8Ralls
  • 32BaganSubstituted forBrownat 38'minutes
  • 23WilsonSubstituted forPackat 86'minutes
  • 11MurphySubstituted forOjoat 58'minutes
  • 10Moore

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 12Smithies
  • 15Williams
  • 21Pack
  • 27Ojo
  • 29M Harris
  • 30Brown
  • 33Hoilett
  • 40Colwill
Referee:
Tim Robinson

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a headed pass.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Richard Stearman replaces Aaron Rowe.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town).

  6. Post update

    Curtis Nelson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Álex Vallejo.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Marlon Pack replaces Harry Wilson.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Rowe (Huddersfield Town).

  10. Post update

    Ciaron Brown (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Naby Sarr with a headed pass following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Aden Flint.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álex Vallejo (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Dillon Phillips.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pipa (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis O'Brien with a through ball.

  16. Post update

    Ryan Schofield (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Álex Vallejo.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Sang (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Kieran Phillips replaces Yaya Sanogo.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich34227548252373
2Brentford34189761362563
3Watford34189745242163
4Swansea32188641231862
5Reading34176114637957
6Bournemouth341510949331655
7Cardiff351591153351854
8Barnsley33166114137454
9Middlesbrough34148124036450
10Millwall34101683431346
11Stoke341112113939045
12Bristol City34143173646-1045
13Luton33128132837-944
14Preston34134173844-643
15Blackburn33117154639740
16Nottm Forest341010142833-540
17QPR321010123239-740
18Huddersfield35108173951-1238
19Derby33108152537-1238
20Coventry34811153146-1535
21Birmingham34811152642-1635
22Rotherham3295183543-832
23Sheff Wed3397172440-1628
24Wycombe3358202355-3223
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