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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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Championship: Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield

Bournemouth returned to the top of the Championship on goal difference, despite being held by Huddersfield.

The Cherries are level on points with Middlesbrough and a point clear of third-placed Derby, both of whom are in FA Cup fifth-round action this weekend.

An excellent set-piece routine was finished off by Yann Kermorgant to put the hosts in front before half-time.

But Huddersfield striker James Vaughan turned in Jack Robinson’s shot midway through the second period to level.

The visitors responded well to their 4-1 home defeat by Wolves in midweek, producing a superb battling display against a Bournemouth team that have now drawn consecutive home games.

Huddersfield made a bright start but it was the hosts who created the majority of the game’s early chances.

Defender Steve Cook and striker Kermorgant sent headers off target for Bournemouth, who won 4-0 at Huddersfield on the opening day of the season, while Terriers goalkeeper Alex Smithies made saves from two Matt Ritchie attempts either side of Kermorgant’s opener.

That goal came when Matt Ritchie’s corner was played in low and Harry Arter allowed the ball to run through to Kermorgant, who drilled low into the net.

At the other end, Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc kept out Tommy Smith’s curling shot, but Huddersfield chances were rare despite their continuous endeavour.

And Vaughan’s equaliser, his third in as many games, came against the run of play after Bournemouth had dominated possession for large spells in the opening stages of the second period.

The impressive Smithies made further saves from Kermorgant, Ritchie and Arter, while Callum Wilson had an effort cleared off the line in the closing minutes as Bournemouth searched in vain for a winning goal.

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Championship: Huddersfield 1-4 Wolves

Striker Nouha Dicko scored twice to give Wolves’ promotion push a timely fillip with victory at Huddersfield.

Dicko fired under Alex Smithies after a through ball from Rajiv van La Parra and it was 2-0 when Conor Coady headed Bakary Sako’s corner into his own net after the break.

Benik Afobe’s strike made it 3-0 before James Vaughan got a goal back for the hosts from Sean Scannell’s cross.

Dicko made it 4-1 when he rounded Smithies to slot home in injury time.

It was a frustrating night for Chris Powell’s Huddersfield side after they created the better chances, with Coady’s own goal early in the second half proving a pivotal moment in the match.

The victory ended a run of three matches without a win for Kenny Jackett’s Wolves team and moved them to within four points of sixth-placed Brentford.

Huddersfield, 15th in the table, have won four and lost four of their last eight matches.

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Championship: Millwall 1-3 Huddersfield

Huddersfield overcame Nahki Wells’ sending off to beat Millwall.

The Terriers’ were down to 10 men early in the second half when the striker was shown his second yellow card.

Sean Scannell’s neat finish had put the Yorkshire club ahead, but Stefan Maierhofer cancelled it out before half-time.

Jacob Butterfield gave Huddersfield the lead again from long range, and a late penalty from James Vaughan sealed the three points for Chris Powell’s side.

Millwall remain in the bottom three having extended their winless run at the New Den to nine games.

But hopes they would follow their victory at Nottingham Forest last time out with three crucial points at home came to nothing despite a good start, where Maierhofer hit the woodwork early on.

Huddersfield had gone close to opening the scoring when Millwall’s Jos Hooiveld cleared the ball off his own line, but they were ahead seconds later.

Scannell’s smart finish gave Huddersfield the lead, but it lasted little more than 10 minutes when a clearance from David Edgar struck Maierhofer and looped into the Huddersfield net.

Harry Bunn’s curling shot hit the bar and Wells forced a good save out of Millwall goalkeeper David Forde as Huddersfield finished the first half strongly.

A poor challenge on Shaun Williams gave Wells his second booking in the 50th minute, but the away side responded well to the setback.

Having absorbed considerable Millwall pressure Huddersfield seized their chance, with Butterfield’s long range shot having too much venom for Forde to hold on.

Bunn was brought down in the box with six minutes remaining, and Vaughan sent Forde the wrong way from 12 yards to condemn Ian Holloway’s side to their eighth home defeat of the season.

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Championship: Huddersfield 1-2 Leeds

Billy Sharp’s late header secured a derby victory over Huddersfield Town for Leeds and eased the relegation concerns of Neal Redfearn’s side.

Substitute Sharp connected with Mirco Antenucci’s cross in the 90th minute to decide the West Yorkshire contest.

Sam Byram had put the visitors in front with a one-on-one finish, before Harry Bunn headed in a corner to level.

But Sharp’s late interjection means Leeds are five points above the Championship drop zone.

United had not won in seven league games until last week’s victory against leaders Bournemouth, and now have back-to-back victories for the first time since September, a week after owner Massimo Cellino stepped down from his involvement with the club.

They looked in high spirits early on, against a Huddersfield side that won three of their last four, as Byram latched on to Luke Murphy’s pass before clipping over keeper Joe Murphy keeper with just seven minutes gone.

Things seemed to get immediately worse for the hosts, with top-scorer Nahki Wells having to go off injured, but it paved the way for scorer Bunn to step off the bench.

And after James Vaughan’s shot was deflected wide, Jacob Butterfield’s subsequent corner drifted all the way to the back post where the substitute was able to nod in his seventh of the season.

Vaughan, wearing a facemask to protect a fractured cheekbone, had a header saved by Marco Silvestri and Sean Scannell fired across goal before the break.

But the game became flat in the second half, living up to its billing as a gritty derby, with plenty of contested tackles but few clear-cut chances.

Bunn almost snatched a winner for the Terriers but his header was cleared off the line by Steve Morison before Sharp produced the late drama, earning a booking for his exuberant celebration.

The game finished on an even more sombre note for mid-table Town, as defender Tommy Smith was taken off on a stretcher with a head or neck injury, and was later taken to hospital by helicopter.

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Championship: Wigan 0-1 Huddersfield

Huddersfield narrowly won at Wigan to condemn the Latics to their fourth defeat in five games, leaving the home side five points from safety.

Conor Coady’s late strike into the top corner lit up an otherwise uneventful Championship game at the DW Stadium.

Malky MacKay’s Wigan side hardly troubled Alex Smithies in the visitors’ goal throughout the game.

The Terriers could have scored more, having had two chances cleared off the line in the first half.

The result meant Huddersfield moved above Bolton and Charlton into 15th place in the table, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

A scrappy opening to the game saw Callum McManaman shoot straight into Smithies’ arms early on, while at the other end Nahki Wells had an effort saved by Wigan keeper Scott Carson.

Huddersfield had two great chances to take the lead towards the end of the first half.

First, Wells saw his effort cleared off the line by Liam Ridgewell on 33 minutes before Mark Hudson’s header from Jacob Butterfield’s corner was cleared off the line, this time by Martyn Waghorn.

Wigan’s best chance came just before the hour mark when James McClean, unmarked in the box, headed McManaman’s cross over the bar.

Wells hit the side-netting from a narrow angle soon after while Butterfield warmed up Carson’s hands with a rasping effort from 25 yards out with 15 minutes to go.

But it was former Liverpool youth player Coady who settled matters as he controlled a ball from Wells in a wide position and bent his shot into the top corner, leaving Carson with no chance.

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FA Cup: Huddersfield 0-1 Reading

Nick Blackman’s goal gave Reading a narrow win over their Championship counterparts Huddersfield.

After a scrappy first half James Vaughan spurned the game’s best chance, heading over at the back post from Jack Robinson’s cross from the left byeline.

Blackman finished low into the corner after Hal Robson-Kanu’s pass with the game’s only shot on target.

Jonathan Hogg picked up a late second yellow card as Huddersfield fell short.

With just a point separating the two sides in the middle of the Championship it was always likely to be a tight match and the first period saw no goalmouth action.

In a contest short of chances Vaughan should have tested Royals goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen when he was picked out by Robinson’s back-post cross.

But Royals boss Steve Clarke replaced Jamie Mackie, who had been booked on the stroke of half-time, with Blackman at the break and the change proved crucial.

Reading moved the ball quickly from a throw-in and Robson-Kanu played in Blackman, whose low left-footed shot beat goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

Hogg received a second yellow card following an altercation with Danny Williams in the closing minutes as the lacklustre hosts failed to threaten Reading’s goal.

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Championship: Huddersfield 2-1 Bolton

Nahki Wells scored a late winner as Huddersfield fought back to end Bolton’s eight-match unbeaten run.

Darren Pratley gave the visitors the lead after 41 seconds, crashing the ball home off the underside of the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Keeper Andy Lonergan made a series of saves before Jacob Butterfield levelled with a half-volley.

Substitute Wells then coolly finished under Lonergan after Emile Heskey had a Bolton effort ruled out for offside.

Former England striker Heskey was again used as a substitute after scoring on his debut for the Trotters on Boxing Day, but his introduction could not stop Bolton slipping to a first defeat since 31 October.

Huddersfield’s first victory in four matches sees them move up to 18th in the Championship table, while Bolton drop one spot to 15th.

Trotters midfielder Pratley punished the Terriers for their inability to decisively clear the danger from an early free-kick, calmly bringing the ball down on his chest before giving Bolton the ideal start with a thumping finish.

Butterfield went close to hitting back soon after, testing Lonergan from close range, while James Vaughan and Harry Bunn also called the visiting keeper into action.

Alex Smithies kept Eidur Gudjohnsen out at the other end before Jonathan Hogg found Butterfield in space to rifle in a deserved equaliser.

Butterfield continued to trouble Bolton and had a weak follow-up shot scrambled away by Lonergan after the keeper had kept Vaughan at bay.

Heskey looked to have put Bolton 2-1 up but, after poking the ball past Smithies, his effort was ruled out for offside.

Lonergan tipped a Jack Robinson shot over the bar before Wells won it with a low finish after racing on to a Hogg through ball.

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Championship: Norwich 5-0 Huddersfield

Norwich scored five second-half goals as they thumped 10-man Huddersfield.

Terriers’ defender Murray Wallace was dismissed early on after bringing down Cameron Jerome, but it remained goalless until Bradley Johnson scored from close range just after the break.

Headers from Nathan Redmond, Johnson and Jerome extended the lead.

Substitute Lewis Grabban raced onto Wes Hoolahan’s through ball to complete the rout, with the visitors restricted to only a couple of half-chances.

The win lifted Neil Adams’ Canaries to within two points of the play-offs, while Huddersfield – who have only won two of their last nine games – slipped to 17th.

Norwich, who had only won one of their last eight home games, had their task made easier on 17 minutes when Wallace was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Brown.

A high punt forward was mis-controlled by visiting skipper Mark Hudson, allowing Jerome to latch onto the loose ball and he was through on goal when he was fouled by last man Wallace.

However, it took until 44 seconds into the second half for the home side to break the deadlock as Gary Hooper skilfully pulled the ball back for Johnson to tap in.

Two minutes later Norwich doubled their lead as Martin Olsson’s cross was met by half-time substitute Redmond, who nodded into the top corner.

The third goal in five minutes had a touch of fortune about it as Jonny Howson’s blocked shot fell perfectly to Johnson, who headed in his second.

Hooper’s flick found Huddersfield-born Jerome to make it 4-0 before ex-Bournemouth striker Grabban fired the ball high into the net just seconds after coming onto the pitch.

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Championship: Huddersfield 2-1 Brentford

Sean Scannell marked his 100th Huddersfield Town appearance with a goal to help end Brentford’s five-game winning run.

Scannell met a low Nahki Wells cross to score from a tight angle, while home keeper Alex Smithies denied Alan Judge and Jake Bidwell at the other end.

Bidwell found the back of his own net after the break, turning in a fiercely hit Jack Robinson cross.

Jonathan Douglas pulled one back with a prodded effort, but the hosts held on.

Huddersfield’s first victory in five games moves them up to 15th in the Championship, while Brentford slip back to fifth and four points off top spot after failing to add to their club record-equalling run of five wins in English football’s second tier.

The Bees started brightly with Douglas glancing a header wide from a Moses Odubajo cross and Smithies was called on to make a fine save to keep Judge’s deflected effort out.

Scannell punished the visitors for their inability to deal with Wells’ neatly pulled back cross from the near post on 18 minutes, racing in to lash home after Grant Holt failed to reach the ball.

Smithies protected the lead by denying Bidwell, who latched onto the rebound from Mark Hudson’s block on Alex Pritchard.

Both sides continued to threaten before half-time, with Jacob Butterfield calling Bees keeper David Button into action, while Pritchard twice went close for the Londoners.

Bidwell, under pressure from Scannell, then bundled the ball into his own goal after Robinson whipped in a dangerous cross.

Wells wasted two glorious chances to make it three before Douglas got on the end of a pass from substitute Tommy Smith to make it 2-1.

Button also denied Wells from point-blank range, while Smithies made a number of crucial late saves to ensure Chris Powell’s men claimed all three points.

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