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Posted Sat 23 Apr 16 at 17:48 PM

Report: Huddersfield Town 1 Blues 1

It was a familiar feeling for Blues at The John Smith's Stadium who let a lead slip for the second time in a week. David Cotterill's unstoppable free-kick with 13 minutes to play looked to have given the visitors all three points but Joel Lynch hit back nine minutes later to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Gary Rowett made two changes from the draw against Preston North End in mid-week and it was one of those, Kyle Lafferty, who had the first sight of goal. The Northern Irishman intercepted a poor pass from Terriers' captain Mark Hudson, worked the ball onto his right foot before firing well wide of the target.

After that both sides found clear-cut chances hard to come by in the first-half. David Davis' strike from 20 yards, which as well saved by Jed Steer in the home goal, was a close as Blues came.

At the other end it was former loanee Emyr Huws who had Tomasz Kuszczak scrambling across his goal to beat the ball away. The Welshman found space at the far post and his bullet header was clawed back by the 'keeper and cleared.

Second-half the hosts started brighter and Michael Morrison nearly deflected a right wing cross into the top corner, but the ball looped wide.

Blues, who were trying to push Huddersfield further up the pitch, continued to defend stoutly. Joe Lolley received possession deep, drifted inside and saw a low shot blocked by a combination of Blue defenders.

Rowett's side however were looking dangerous on the counter attack and they had a good chance to take the lead on the 68th minute. Cotterill's cross from the right fell to Davis in the area, but he was unable to get his foot over the shot and it flied high and wide.

But minutes later Blues took the lead when Will Buckley was brought down on the edge of the area.

Cotterill, who scored at the same end during Blues' last visit to Huddersfield, stepped up and fizzed a free-kick over the wall and past a stranded Steer.

Blues instantly tried for a second and were pegged back by a resilient Huddersfield side. Sean Scannell's weak effort from outside the area was instinctively deflected past Kuszczak by Lynch who looked offside.

The home side carried the momentum and had chances, but substitute Paul Robinson did excellently to block a fierce low effort and head clear at the far post when a goal looked the only outcome.

And with seconds left Kuszczak made a save of the season contender to keep the match level. Matmour's overhead kick took a deflection and the Polish 'keeper scrambled to his left and parried the goalbound effort wide. 

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