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Huddersfield Town vs Sheffield United. Sky Bet Championship.

The John Smith's StadiumAttendance20,172.

Huddersfield Town 1

  • D Ward (59th minute)

Sheffield United 0

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    Huddersfield 1-0 Sheffield United: Danny Ward's goal preserves Huddersfield's Championship status as Reading relegated

    Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield and Sheffield United at the John Smith's Stadium as a Danny Ward goal secured the Terriers' status in the second tier; relegating Reading in the process.

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    Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship clash between Huddersfield and Sheffield United.

    Danny Ward’s second-half strike earned victory over already-promoted Sheffield United as Huddersfield confirmed their place in the Championship, condemning Reading to relegation in the process.

    The Terriers needed a point to ensure survival and Ward's second-half effort proved enough as Neil Warnock's side avoided a final-day relegation battler against Reading, who tumble into League One as a result of Huddersfield's triumph.

    The result caps a remarkable turnaround since Warnock's appointment at the John Smith's Stadium in mid-February, with Town losing just one of their last nine league matches, including five wins in their last eight.

    Victory over Yorkshire rivals United lifted Huddersfield six points above the bottom three, with the final round of fixtures to be played on Monday.

    The Blades, who had already secured their return to the Premier League next season, dominated the early stages and penned the hosts in.

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    Danny Ward produces a stunning goal against Sheffield United to keep Huddersfield in the Sky Bet Championship for next season and relegates Reading to League One in the process

    Huddersfield shot-stopper Lee Nicholls stood tall to make a great early save and keep out Daniel Jebbison after he raced through on goal in the eighth minute.

    Blades striker Jebbison squandered another decent chance to fire the visitors ahead on the half-hour mark as he headed George Baldock's cross over at the far post.

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    Warnock's charges continued to absorb the pressure as United hammered on the door, and at stages in the opening 45 minutes, only keeper Wes Foderingham was in the visitors' half.

    Sander Berge was the next Blades player to have a crack at goal, but his tame effort barely troubled Nicholls.

    The hosts were the first to show after the break with their first big chance of the match.

    Tom Lees rose highest at the back post to meet Jack Rudoni's teasing corner, but his close-range header was blocked.

    United manager Paul Heckingbottom quickly rang the changes as he threw on Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp up front.

    Foderingham pulled off a good stop to parry Josh Koroma's effort wide after he nutmegged Chris Basham to force his way into the box.

    And the pressure told two minutes before the hour as Ward's crucial stunning strike, a curling left-footed effort from 25 yards which nestled in the bottom corner, fired Town in front.

    The goal would have come as a huge blow to any watching Reading fans and Huddersfield came close to extending their lead when David Kasumu hit the side netting after being slipped through by Koroma.

    United pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages, but Warnock's charges held firm, sparking widespread celebrations in the stands.

    The managers

    Huddersfield's Neil Warnock:

    "I'll remember tonight for the rest of my life. It's a massive achievement and I couldn't be any prouder. When (Warnock's assistant) Ronnie Jepson phoned me, he said 'are you sure? This is the worst team I have seen'. Everyone has worked their socks off for me but I can't do another 10 months of this. The job is done for me. I have great memories and didn't want to leave having gone down.

    "You can imagine relegation, jobs at stake. We looked nervous, not wanting to have a second touch. At half-time we told them what we'd been doing the last nine games and we deserved it in the end. Danny scored one like that for Cardiff at Forest, I said we could do with another one of those. He's an unsung hero. It's been an amazing ride. I think tonight could have converted youngsters for years to come. I remember watching Joe Shaw for (Sheffield) United one night and it did me. I had to be an United-ite and there will be Town fans like that tonight."

    Sheffield United's Paul Heckingbottom:

    "Of course we have to put it into perspective but not one of us enjoyed that. But we've earned the right to be in that position. I can't help how I feel after a defeat. It was evident in the second half that there was one team scrapping for survival. I am not going to be tough on the lads. They have been fantastic and that's the difference when you haven't got that edge.

    "We were good first half and missed chances, but second half they played it like a Championship match."

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