Huddersfield 1-1 Stoke City: Jacob Brown comes off bench to hit late leveller for Michael O’Neill’s Potters

Championship promotion hopefuls Huddersfield and Stoke cancelled each other out as they drew 1-1 on Friday night.

Carlos Corberan’s men took the lead in controversial circumstances, with Josh Koroma looping the opening goal over Potters goalkeeper Jack Bonham less than 10 minutes after he avoided punishment for a reckless lunge on Taylor Harwood-Bellis.

Within seconds, Stoke were denied a penalty after a foul on Tyrese Campbell, but, after taking control of the second half, substitute Jacob Brown lashed in the deserved leveller to earn his side a share of the spoils.


Huddersfield continue to occupy the final play-off spot as a result, with Stoke six points off the pace in 10th ahead of the weekend’s action.

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Many felt Huddersfield’s Josh Koroma should have been sent off for his tackle on Stoke’s Taylor Harwood-Bellis, only for the Terriers man to put his side ahead just a few minutes later

How Stoke battled back at the John Smith’s

On the verge of matching their longest unbeaten run in a decade, it was no surprise that Huddersfield welcomed Stoke to the John Smith’s Stadium brimming with confidence. Within four minutes, Danny Ward – who scored a hat-trick in last week’s 4-3 win at Reading – had flicked a header narrowly over the bar, while Potters midfielder Jordan Thompson was booked for a foul on the lively Lewis O’Brien less than 60 seconds later.

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Were Stoke unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty following this incident in their clash with Huddersfield?

Midway through the first half came the first moment of controversy. As Harwood-Bellis and Koroma both attacked the ball, the latter recklessly caught his opponent on the knee with his studs showing, yet, after a moment of deliberation, referee Gavin Ward opted to continue, with no punishment for the Huddersfield man.

Huddersfield Town's Josh Koroma catches Stoke City's Taylor Harwood-Bellis on the knee
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Koroma catches Harwood-Bellis on the knee

Stoke were then understandably irked when the same player gave the hosts the lead soon after. Koroma collected a pass from O’Brien and hit a shot which looped into the air over the stranded Bonham and into the back of the net.


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Title: Huddersfield 1-1 Stoke City: Jacob Brown comes off bench to hit late leveller for Michael O’Neill’s Potters
Sourced From: www.skysports.com/football/huddersfield-town-vs-stoke-city/report/447678
Published Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2022 22:00:00 GMT

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