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HUDDERSFIELD: ON THE WHISTLE MATCH REPORT

1 April 2017

Nigel Clough made just one change to the team that lost 5-3 to Brentford last time out. John Mousinho was recalled to the Albion XI as he took the place of Jackson Irvine.

Huddersfield made five changes after being beaten 4-0 by Bristol City before the international break, and it seemed to be a decision that sparked the home side into life as they piled pressure on the Brewers from the off and created their first real chance on 14 minutes when Joe Lolley received the ball in space inside the box but his left-footed curling effort was inches over Jon McLaughlin's crossbar.

The home side continued to dominate the first half as they kept Jon McLaughlin busy, but the Albion stopper was equal to Jack Payne's shot from inside the box which was parried away to safety.

Nigel Clough's men have had a recent defensive record that any Championship team would have been proud of before the Brentford fixture and they carried that defensive solidity to the John Smith's Stadium to keep out David Wagner's men for the first 45 minutes.

HT: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burton Albion FC

Marvin Sordell had arguably one of his toughest challenges of the season coming up against Michael Hefele but he got the better of the Town centre-half early into the second half when his pace got him n-behind the Huddersfield back line before he cut inside onto his right foot but his low shot was saved and held by Danny Ward in the home goal.

Jackson Irvine had picked up some more air miles during the international break with Australia, as well as scoring his first international goal for the Socceroos. The 24-year-old was introduced as a sub just after the hour mark as he replaced Michael Kightly.

Cauley Woodrow has also been on international duty with England U21s, the on-loan Fulham man scored in a 4-0 victory over Denmark but he started today's game only to be replaced by Luke Varney with just over 20 minutes to go.

Lucas Akins spent his boyhood years at Huddersfield and made a handful of appearances for the Terriers. He was given just over ten minutes against his former club in place of Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Tom Flanagan hasn't yet scored for the Brewers but he nearly opened his account on 81 minutes when Lucas Akins' cross fell to the left-back inside the area but his powerful effort was blocked before the follow-up shot from Ben Turner flew wide of the target.

John Brayford was rated as 50/50 before today's match as to whether he'd pass fit to play, but he did and it was well worth it as he was in the right place at the right time to clear Michael Hefele's header off the line in the closing stages.

OFF: Dean Whitehead captained Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium but the home skipper was shown a second yellow card on 88 minutes in the aftermath of John Brayford's headed clearance.

Luke Varney's aerial presence was a key factor when he came on, but he also caused trouble down the left when he beat Hefele for pace before pulling it back to Marvin Sordell but his shot was blocked at the point of impact.

GOAL: The referee added six minutes of time on to the end of the game, and the Brewers used all six of it to grab the three points. Marvin Sordell broke with the ball down the left, skipped past the defender and squared the pass to Jackson Irvine who was on hand to scored his 10th goal of the season (0-1).

FT: Huddersfield Town 0-1 Burton Albion FC

Ash's man of the match: Marvin Sordell

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