Huddsf’ld 2 – 0 Luton

Huddersfield climbed to third in the Sky Bet Championship table and kept their slim hopes of automatic promotion alive with a 2-0 win over Luton.

A Jon Russell beauty gave the hosts a slim lead after 59 minutes, which was kept intact when Hatters striker Elijah Adebayo falsified a penalty shortly after.

And Naby Sarr came off the bench to wrap up the important win, when he lost his marker and headed in a corner in the final minute of the 90.

Carlos Corberan’s Terriers are now four points behind second-placed Bournemouth despite having played two games more, while Luton remain fifth, two points above seventh-placed Blackburn with five games remaining.

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Jon Russell audaciously lobbed James Shea to give Huddersfield the lead against Luton in the Sky Bet Championship game.

How Huddersfield made a statement in the promotion race

As a flurry of hailstones pounded the players, it was Huddersfield who settled in fastest at John Smith’s, passing with determination and pressing with intensity.

It brought chances, the best of which came from Danel Sinani, whose close-range shot was saved smartly by James Shea after Lewis O’Brien and Russell flew wide after being pushed by the crowd.

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The Luton and Huddersfield players had to be separated after tempers flared following Elijah Adebayo’s missed penalty.

Luton boss Nathan Jones was forced to make a substitution just after the half-hour mark, with stalwart Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu helped off the pitch with an unspecified leg injury; his replacement Robert Snodgrass almost created the opener, when he found the otherwise calm Harry Cornick dug in a low drive that was pushed back by Lee Nicholls.

Just seconds after Henri Lansbury was taken off in another injury blow for Luton, Huddersfield struck in style when Russell waited for the opportune moment to hit Pipa’s throw – and when he did, he beautifully lifted the ball over Shea and into the bottom left corner. .

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Naby Sarr scores Huddersfield’s second goal of the night, almost confirming the three points against Luton Town.

The visitors piled bodies forward in an attempt to force an equalizer and nearly got it when James Bree was caught by Danel Sinani in the box, but amid intense boos Adebayo fired wide wide from the left post.

But it was Huddersfield who delivered the killing blow in the 89th minute, when Sarr came into the box unfollowed to connect with a Sorba Thomas cross and cross the line, via a touch from Shea.

Man of the Match – Lewis O’Brien

Lee Hendrie on Sky Sports Football:

“I thought he was excellent – he was absolutely everywhere tonight.”

What the managers said…

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Carlos Corberán praised his players’ mentality as Huddersfield secured a vital 2-0 win over Luton. Both clubs are in contention for the Championship playoffs and victory puts the Terriers ahead as the season draws to a close.

from Huddersfield Carlos Corberán: “I think it was a very equal, very balanced game and in these games the details can make the difference. Today, in my opinion, they were in our favor, which allowed us to win this game , the more the mentality of was very good, and the defensive level of the team was also high.

“Every game we’re going to play between now and the end of the season is going to be crucial; every game we’ve played since the international break, we knew, would be crucial as well. Our mentality is game by game. Whenever we think in the future, we must focus on the present.

“From tomorrow we know we have to start our recovery, analyze the game and then start preparing for the game against QPR, which we know will be another very difficult game. We have to use every day, every time and every opportunity to be ready to face the next game in the best possible way.”

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Nathan Jones remained highly optimistic despite Luton losing 2-0 to rivals Huddersfield. Jones praised his players for their performance and believes the result will not have a negative effect on the team.

from Luton nathan jones: “First of all thanks to Carlos and Huddersfield. I thought they sat down, wanted to absorb the pressure and hit us on the counter-attack because they know the threat we have. But I thought we were trying constantly pushing to try to win the game, so I know we lost the game, but I thought sometimes we were great. They scored a really weird goal, which broke the deadlock; we were excellent, then we went out for a corner. It might be one of the best things to happen to us, actually.

“I’m proud of my team for the way we’ve gone about it, for where we’re at in everything and there’s a lot to play for. We have five games left and it will be a barnstorming ending. If we stop for a bit from the naive defense, which cost us tonight, then we will have a chance. There is a lot to play for and it’s going to be an exciting end.

And after?

Both teams are back in action on Good Friday, April 15. Luton host Huddersfield at Kenilworth Road at 12.30pm, while Huddersfield take on QPR at John Smith’s Stadium at 5.30pm.

Both matches will be available to watch live on Sky Sports Football.

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