Huddersfield Town vs Millwall. Sky Bet Championship.
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Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Huddersfield and Millwall at the John Smith's Stadium as Jonathan Hogg's late goal sealed all three points for the Terriers on Saturday.
Saturday 30 October 2021 18:49, UK
A late Jonathan Hogg header 10 minutes from time helped Huddersfield climb into the top six as they beat Millwall 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium.
The visitors made a bright start to the game when Lions' top scorer Jed Wallace's effort from inside the area was comfortably saved by Town goalkeeper Lee Nicholls.
The Terriers soon grew into the encounter and Lewis O'Brien's effort from 25 yards went wide of the goalpost and soon after could have broke the deadlock on 15 minutes when Sorba Thomas broke down the right and delivered a superb cross only for an unmarked Danny Ward to sky his volley over the bar from 10 yards out.
Another long-range effort from O'Brien stung the palms of Bartosz Bialkowski and the keeper then saved from Ward's effort from outside the area.
The hosts started the second period the stronger of the two sides and Matty Pearson thought he had scored when he got on the end of a Daniel Sinan corner only to see his low effort tipped wide by Bialkowski on the line.
Both teams searched for the winner and Tom Bradshaw almost had one as he was bearing down on goal, Pearson's crucial sliding challenge denied the front man to keep the scores level heading into the late stages.
The home side had to wait till the 81st minute for their goal, after Hutchinson made a goal saving block, midfielder Hogg nodded in from Thomas' resulting corner.
Matt Smith replaced Daniel Ballard immediately after the goal as Millwall's intention to attack for the equaliser became clear.
Town substitute Josh Koroma and Ryan Leonard were booked with five minutes to go as the Millwall defender became frustrated when he thought the Huddersfield man was wasting time.
With the away side chasing the game, holes were left in the Millwall back line and the Terriers could have doubled the advantage and put the game to bed when Koroma's goal bound shot was kept out.
Gary Rowett's side pushed for a late equaliser as they forced corners and threw men forward but Huddersfield stood firm to send them into the play-off places while Millwall dropped to 12th.
Huddersfield's Carlos Corberan: "There was only one team today, for me, that deserved the three points and that was Huddersfield. After 15 minutes the team started to find free space in the middle of the pitch that allowed us to be more aggressive in attack. I think the team created enough chances today to score a goal, and it arrived in a set-piece situation.
"We know Hogg is a special player for the club, so he has been one of the most important players even before I arrived at the club. He has the mentality to attack this type of situation and usually the type of player that we think can impact on these types of free-kicks and deliveries."
Millwall's Gary Rowett: "I'm disappointed, in the last minute I think we should have had a clear penalty, I watched it back on numerous occasions, Lenny [Leonard] has a shot, Toffolo turns his back and he gets both his hands up and deflects the ball wide. Did our performance warrant us winning the game? Probably not. But I certainly felt just before the 82nd minute that we had done enough at that point of giving us a chance at the very least of getting a point.
"I'm disappointed in conceding in the way that we did, we pride ourselves on set-pieces, in a division where set-pieces are important."