Huddersfield 1-1 Stoke City: Terriers remain in hunt for promotion after Josh Koroma controversy… As forward escaped punishment for shocking tackle, before scoring first goal of the game
- Josh Koroma put hosts ahead, before Jacob Brown equalised for Stoke
- Koroma escaped punishment for awful challenge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis
- Huddersfield remain sixth in Championship, unbeaten in last 10 games
- Stoke stayed 10th, six points away from Huddersfield and final playoff spot
- But the visitors have won just once in their last six Championship games
Substitute Jacob Brown struck a late equaliser to secure Stoke a 1-1 draw at fellow play-off hopefuls Huddersfield.
Josh Koroma had earlier ended a 19-game run without a Championship goal by giving the Terriers a first-half advantage, just after he was lucky to stay on the pitch following a high tackle.
But Carlos Corberan’s sixth-placed side failed to open a nine-point buffer on their opponents after a surprisingly lacklustre second period.
Huddersfield remained in the playoff spots following a 1-1 draw at home against Stoke City
The draw extended Huddersfield’s unbeaten streak to 10 games – their best sequence since 2011 when Lee Clark masterminded a 23-match stint without a loss before succumbing 3-0 to Peterborough in the League One play-off final.
Huddersfield had made all the early running with an explosive burst of pace by Koroma down the left flank leading to a headed chance for Danny Ward that flashed just over the bar.
Lewis O’Brien also called Stoke goalkeeper Jack Bonham into action with a 15-yard effort after exchanging passes with Koroma.
The Potters levelled in the second half courtesy of a goal from Jacob Brown (No18)
The pair combined again just before the quarter-hour mark with Koroma curling over from range after O’Brien found him with a square pass.
Stoke then mustered their first opening of the night in the 19th minute when Jaden Philogene-Bidace showed nimble footwork close to the byline before teeing up Mario Vrancic for a stabbed 15-yard shot that Lee Nicholls pushed over.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis headed over from Lewis Baker’s subsequent corner before Koroma’s knee-high tackle on the former saw him lucky to escape punishment from referee Gavin Ward.
To the chagrin of away boss Michael O’Neill, Koroma then opened the scoring in the 27th minute when, having been teed up by O’Brien again, his edge-of-the-box attempt looped over Bonham with the aid of a deflection off Ben Wilmot.
Josh Koroma put the Terriers in front mid-way through the first half with a deflected effort
But he arguably should have been sent off for an awful challenge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis
The Huddersfield forward somewhat escaped punishment despite Stoke players’ protests
The Potters were left feeling aggrieved once more moments later when strong penalty appeals were ignored after Tyrese Campbell had been tripped by Tom Lees in the home box.
Ward went on to curl straight at Bonham from 20 yards, before Philogene-Bidace robbed a careless Matty Pearson of possession before sidestepping Lees’ challenge and testing Nicholls from just inside the penalty area.
At the other end, Bonham smothered a Sorba Thomas shot and Ward directed a low Koroma cross wide of the near post, before the half ended with a back-heeled Campbell effort that Nicholls gathered comfortably.
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill celebrates Brown’s equaliser for the visitors in the second half
A scrappy start to the second period saw neither side manage a goal attempt until Stoke skipper Baker’s 68th-minute drive was well held by Nicholls.
Campbell’s unconvincing 20-yard shot then lacked the power to extend the home keeper but, with his team having lost all of their attacking verve since the break, Corberan introduced Jordan Rhodes and Duane Holmes from the bench.
Moments later, Holmes headed narrowly over after positive play by Thomas.
Huddersfield and Stoke fans had to be separated after Brown’s drew the visitors level
But it was Potters replacement Brown who went on to level in the 78th minute after Ollie Turton’s poor clearance had led to Philogene-Bidace rattling Nicholls’ right-hand post.
After Campbell’s follow-up effort had been blocked by O’Brien, Brown then slammed a thumping edge-of-the-box strike into the top-left corner.
The hosts mounted a belated late rally but Holmes missed the target from distance in stoppage time and Scott High did not lift a curling attempt high enough to beat Bonham.