Stoke City held their hosts Huddersfield to a 1-1 draw on Friday night in a Championship game which began slowly. But as we already saw, among other Championship football news, Stoke City won a point at Huddersfield by drawing yesterday.
Despite the hosts being in the ascendancy in the early stages of the match, the Stokes triumphed in the end. The visitors’ substitute Jacob Brown scored a second half goal that equalized upon Josh Koroma’s opener for the hosts.
Championship Football News – Stoke City Won a Point at Huddersfield
But it could also have ended so differently had referee Gavin Ward viewed two key moments in a different light. In the space of less than 10 first-half minutes, Stoke suffered three horrendous moments of fortune.
First, on 21 minutes, clumsy home striker caught Koroma Harwood-Bellis, who’s here on loan from Manchester City, on the knee. It was a shocking studs-first challenge.
Just six minutes later, Koroma opened the scoring with a right-foot shot that took a big deflection off Ben Wilmot. He looped the ball over Potters keeper Jack Bonham.
And almost straight after the goal, the referee denied Stoke a chance to equalise with a stonewall penalty claim. What happened was that Tyrese Campbell went down in the area under a challenge from home defender Tom Lees.
But, despite having lost six of their previous nine league games, O’Neill’s Potters showed what they are made of. They fought back well, especially after another shout of theirs for a spot-kick faced rejection.
After home keeper Lee Nicholls held skipper-for-the-night Lewis Baker’s 68th-minute drive well, Stoke finally got their breakthrough. Philogene-Bidace pounced to intercept a loose pass from Ollie Turton. We then saw him blasting a right-foot shot against the left post, which rebounded across the box to Campbell.
But Wilmot calmly picked up the loose ball, squared to his left, and Brown finally let it fly. He delivered a superb right-foot strike which flew into the net to beat the keeper all ends up.