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Match Preview | Huddersfield Town (A)

15 May 2022

The Hatters travel to Huddersfield Town for the second leg of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final on Monday evening.

The first leg:

Both sides saw out a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road on Friday evening, as Sonny Bradley's strike cancelled out Danel Sinani's early effort.

After going behind following a swift counter-attack, the Hatters would find themselves level on the half-hour mark. A brilliant ball in from Kal Naismith was met by a first-time hit from Bradley, who found the top corner for the equaliser.

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Nathan Jones said:

(Please note these quotes are taken from Nathan's post-match interview after the first leg on Friday night)

On injury news:

"I think they have all put in a massive, massive shift tonight and they’ve done that all season. We’ve had to contend with the most horrific injury crisis which means we haven’t been able to freshen things up, we haven’t had pace and power.

"If I was able to call on Pelly, Gabe Osho, Fred Onyedinma, Elijah Adebayo as well as what we’ve got. A Luke Berry with his goals we’d been in a wonderful place but we haven’t been able to do that.

"It is unfortunate but we can’t cry over spilt milk. We’re still getting results with all these problems and that shows the mark of a wonderful football side."

On the home crowd:

"They were electric tonight and I think we gave them a performance to get behind. They got behind us, we showed our intentions, we showed how aggressive we want to be and we’ve evolved to be a wonderful football team compared to where we’ve come from, and we’re still evolving."

 

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There will be no live iFollow stream in countries where the EFL has an overseas broadcast deal because this match is being shown live on Sky Sports.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes our loyal supporters, but unfortunately we have no control over the selection of our matches for live coverage.

UK-based supporters will NOT be able to watch the match on iFollow. However, fans can tune into Simon Pitts’ match commentary by purchasing an audio pass HERE.

 

Ref watch

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Referee: Peter Bankes

Assistant Referees: Neil Davies and James Mainwaring 

Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury

The referee on Monday night is Peter Bankes, who has taken charge of two Luton matches this season - the away win against Blackpool and FA Cup tie against Chelsea. 

Bankes has officiated 26 matches and dished out 104 yellow cards and two reds.

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Match Reports

Report | Huddersfield Town 1-0 Luton Town

16 May 2022

The Hatters' promotion dream ended at Huddersfield tonight as the Terriers progressed to the play-off final, despite an outstanding performance from Nathan Jones' men.

Jordan Rhodes' goal eight minutes from time was all that separated the sides as more than 2,300 travelling Hatters sang their hearts out, but had to make the long journey home to Bedforshire with pride in a brilliant season, but no Wembley final at the end of it.

Manager Nathan Jones made two changes to the side that started the first leg at Kenilworth Road on Friday night.

Robert Snodgrass came in from the off in place of the injured Henri Lansbury, whilst Danny Hylton started up-front alongside Harry Cornick.

Cameron Jerome was named amongst the substitutes alongside top scorer Elijah Adebayo, who returned to the squad after missing the last three games through injury.

After a couple of early corners, the Hatters had the first sight of goal in the seventh minute when the high press earned reward with Snodgrass winning possession 35 yards out to slip Cornick into the box, but the striker's

Cornick had an even better chance to add to his 13 goal tally four minutes later when Allan Campbell released Kal Naismith on the left. The centre-half's low cross was straight into the former Bournemouth man's path, only for his shot to be kept out by goalkeeper Lee Nicholls' chest.

Snodgrass was next to have a go, James Bree and Cornick combining on the right to tee the ex-Leeds midfielder up for a 20-yard curler that Nicholls punched away, with Amari'i Bell unable to divert his follow-up effort on target.

Huddersfield registered their first effort on goal in the 19th minute, Danny Ward meeting Danel Sinani's cross from the left with a header that flew safely over Matt Ingram's crossbar.

The Hatters were playing with confidence and urgency, suffocating the Terriers into conceding possession inside their own half, and the next oopening came from Bree's angled cross-shot on the half-hour mark, Nicholls again pushing the ball out and needing to be helped behind by a defender.

Huddersfield cleared the first corner behind, but Bree's second delivery from the left was flicked on by Hylton at the near post and somehow mananged to elude both Campbell and Jordan Clark in the six-yard box to run behind for a goal-kick.

Clark fired straight at Nicholls in the 36th minute after he had once again won the ball in the hosts' third, Snodgrass, Cornick and Bell linking up to return the ball to the midfielder to shoot from the edge of the box.

Huddersfield had their first shot on target a minute later when Harry Toffolo waltzed into the Town box, only to find Ingram flying to his left to deny the in-form left-back with a fine save.

The hosts' top scorer Ward was forced off by injury on 41 minutes, to be replaced by veteran forward Rhodes, but it was Town who were once again the more progressive in an attacking sense, Bree testing Nicholls from 25 yards two minutes from the end of a first half in which they had done everything but score.

Huddersfield came flying out of the traps after the break, winning a corner that caused concern in the Hatters' six-yard box, before Sinani delivered a second ball to the far post where Tom Lees headed over the bar.

Sinani had a crack himself on 49 minutes, Ingram saving comfortably down by his near post, and the Hatters were soon on the attack again, Campbell crossing from the right for Bell to head narrowly wide at the other end.

Clark became the first into ref Peter Bankes' notepad just before the hour for a sliding challenge on Rhodes, before Naismith followed suit moments later for a foul on Sorba Thomas, soon after the Terriers sub had been introduced.

Huddersfield had the ball in the net on 65 minutes when Lees met Thomas' free-kick with a firm header, but ref Bankes had already blown for an infringement on the edge of the box.

Jerome, on in place of Hylton, headed a Snodgrass free-kick a foot wide with 20 minutes to go. The veteran forward then slipped Cornick in on the right side of the area for another angled drive that Nicholls parried into Bree's direction, but the ball wouldn't come down for the right-back to fire at goal.

Huddersfield drove forward at the other end, with Ingram making a fine double save before surviving a penalty shout for a tangle with Toffolo as the Terriers defender tried to pounce on the loose ball.

The Yorkshire side finally broke the deadlock with eight minutes to go when Thomas delivered another curling free-kick into the box and Rhodes steered the ball in at the far post.

It was enough to book the Terriers' place at Wembley, with the Hatters left to reflect on a night of missed opportunities, but a campaign in which every single member of the squad, staff and club as whole has done Luton Town proud.

COYH!

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Ticket News

Ticket information | Huddersfield Town (A)

9 May 2022

We have received a full allocation of 2,336 seats for our play-off semi-final second leg at Huddersfield Town on Monday 16th May, 7:45pm kick-off.

Away Season Ticket holders

Supporters who have requested an away season ticket this season will receive one ticket for this fixture.

Seats will be reserved, then payment will be taken Tuesday evening 10th May after 8pm and your tickets will be left for collection at the home leg on Friday 13th May unless otherwise advised. If you do not require a ticket for this game, please email ticketoffice@lutontown.co.uk to advise.

Please note additional tickets will not be able to be requested for this fixture.

If you are not attending the home fixture, then please contact ASAP to make other arrangements to receive your ticket.

Diamond Season Ticket holders

Tickets will be available to Diamond season ticket holders and executive members at one ticket per person online only from Monday 9th May at 9pm and then additionally from the Ticket Office in person or by phone (on 01582 416976) from Tuesday 10th May at 10am.   

Season Ticket holders who have attended at least five away fixtures this season.  

Remaining tickets will be available to season ticket holders who have attended at least five Away fixtures at one ticket per person from Wednesday 11th May until close of business at 8pm.

These tickets can be ordered online using your unique client reference number, by phone or in person from the Ticket Office. The game online shows as Huddersfield away – Phase 2.

Season Ticket holders   

Remaining tickets will be available to season ticket holders at one ticket per person from Thursday 12th May until close of business at 5pm These tickets can be ordered online using your unique client reference number, by phone or in person from the Ticket Office.  

General sale

Subject to availability any remaining tickets will be available on general sale from Friday 13th May 10am online, by phone and in person. They will remain on sale, until any queues have been cleared after the game on Friday 13th May.  

All tickets ordered will need to be collected from the Ticket Office. Digital tickets are not an option for away tickets.

Prices:

Adult: £20.00

Seniors (65+): £10.00

Under 18 ‘s : £10.00

Disabled supporters with Higher or Middle level DLA or PIP payments are entitled to a Carer free of charge.

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