Huddersfield Town 1 Birmingham City 1: Joel the Lynchpin for Terriers who bite backLeave a comment
April 24, 2016 by Shane Ireland
By Luke Turner
Birmingham City’s recent decline in form continued as they let slip another lead to draw 1-1 at Huddersfield Town.
David Cotterill opened the scoring for Blues with an inch-perfect free-kick before Joel Lynch equalised with just eight minutes remaining.
The home side had the best of the possession in the first half but it was Blues who had the first sight at goal. David Davis’ drive from outside the area was beaten away by Jed Steer in the Town goal.
Tomasz Kuszczak was then called into action as he denied ex-Blues loanee Emyr Huws, clawing the Welshman’s far post header clear of the goal.
Nakhi Wells then saw his eyes light up as he raced through before steering a left footed effort well wide of Kuszczak’s left-hand post.
In the second half, Joe Lolley continued to be a menace to the Blues rearguard who stood firm to his low effort to block it and clear to safety.
Gary Rowett’s side then broke on the counter attack. Cotterill’s deep cross was knocked down by Clayton Donaldson for Davis who could only hit his shot high and wide of the goal.
But, it wasn’t long before Blues broke the deadlock. After Will Buckley was brought down on the edge of the area, Cotterill stepped up and fired the free-kick over the wall and into the far corner of the net.
The Terriers continued to fight back and got their reward nine minutes later. Sean Scannell’s effort found its way to an unmarked Lynch who turned striker to poke the ball past the stranded Kuszczak.
Blues then had their goalkeeper to thank as Town almost grabbed a late winner. A deflected overhead kick from Karim Matmour looked to be heading in only for Kuszczak to scramble across and tip it wide.
Both sides had to settle for a point in the end which leaves Blues with just one win in their last ten games with two games of the season remaining.