Championship: Huddersfield 0-0 Cardiff

Cardiff City’s winless run was extended to seven league games as they were held to a goalless draw at Huddersfield.

Cardiff, who have now drawn four matches in a row, had the better chances in a dour struggle.

Terriers goalkeeper Alex Smithies denied Eoin Doyle with a wonder save on the half-hour, adjusting his body in mid-air to tip over his header.

Huddersfield’s Tommy Smith was lucky not to be sent off in first-half injury time for a foul on Kenwyne Jones.

Smith, who was booked, appeared to be the last man when he brought Jones down on the edge of the box following a swift counter-attack by the Bluebirds.

The home side had an early chance through former Cardiff skipper Mark Hudson, who headed over a Jacob Butterfield corner, while Cardiff keeper David Marshall smothered at the feet of Nahki Wells.

Just after the restart, Matthew Kennedy’s low cross found Peter Whittingham alone near the penalty spot, but the midfielder’s shot was blocked by Hudson.

Huddersfield went close through shots from Butterfield and Smith, while Wells had a header saved on 65 minutes.

Cardiff, seeking only a second away win all season, soaked up Town pressure late on and hit on the break.

A timely intervention from Murray Wallace denied Jones and a shot from Craig Noone was charged down on 89 minutes as Huddersfield battled to avoid a third consecutive home defeat for the first time in 15 years.

Huddersfield drop to 16th place and are eight points above the relegation zone, with Cardiff one place and one point below the Yorkshire side.

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