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Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City

Alex Smithies
Alex Smithies has kept five clean sheets for Huddersfield this season

Cardiff City's winless run was extended to seven league games as they were held to a goalless draw at Huddersfield.

Cardiff, who have now drawn four matches in a row, had the better chances in a dour struggle.

Terriers goalkeeper Alex Smithies denied Eoin Doyle with a wonder save on the half-hour, adjusting his body in mid-air to tip over his header.

Huddersfield's Tommy Smith was lucky not to be sent off in first-half injury time for a foul on Kenwyne Jones.

Smith, who was booked, appeared to be the last man when he brought Jones down on the edge of the box following a swift counter-attack by the Bluebirds.

Cardiff City's blues continue
Cardiff City have not won any of their last eight games in all competitions, losing four times. Their last win in the Championship was the 1-0 victory at home to Fulham on 10 January.

The home side had an early chance through former Cardiff skipper Mark Hudson, who headed over a Jacob Butterfield corner, while Cardiff keeper David Marshall smothered at the feet of Nahki Wells.

Just after the restart, Matthew Kennedy's low cross found Peter Whittingham alone near the penalty spot, but the midfielder's shot was blocked by Hudson.

Huddersfield went close through shots from Butterfield and Smith, while Wells had a header saved on 65 minutes.

Cardiff, seeking only a second away win all season, soaked up Town pressure late on and hit on the break.

A timely intervention from Murray Wallace denied Jones and a shot from Craig Noone was charged down on 89 minutes as Huddersfield battled to avoid a third consecutive home defeat for the first time in 15 years.

Huddersfield drop to 16th place and are eight points above the relegation zone, with Cardiff one place and one point below the Yorkshire side.

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell:

"I feel the referee was correct. Jones didn't have the ball under control and the yellow card was right.

"We have been in a position where we have been drawing games and gone on to lose, so we have to take comfort in the fact we haven't lost and we have kept a clean sheet.

"The game won't live long in the memory of anybody who was here."

Cardiff manager Russell Slade:

"It was only a yellow card for Smith and probably the referee thought we didn't have control of the ball. Arguably we did.

"We got hacked down on the edge of the box but it was a difficult one for the referee. If we had been at home, it may have gone our way.

"There was not a lot in the match. We had the best chance of the game with a great save from Smithies. If Doyle hadn't headed it so cleanly it probably goes in."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27SmithBooked at 45mins
  • 4Hudson
  • 15Wallace
  • 7ScannellSubstituted forBunnat 88'minutes
  • 6HoggSubstituted forLolleyat 88'minutes
  • 10Coady
  • 8Butterfield
  • 17Robinson
  • 9Vaughan
  • 21WellsSubstituted forMillerat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Edgar
  • 11Miller
  • 13Murphy
  • 18Lolley
  • 28Gobern
  • 30Bunn
  • 45Majewski

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierBooked at 90mins
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 4MaloneSubstituted forConnollyat 25'minutes
  • 30KennedySubstituted forMcAlenyat 70'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonBooked at 87mins
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forRevellat 83'minutes
  • 9Jones

Substitutes

  • 15McAleny
  • 16Connolly
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 29Revell
  • 33Moore
  • 40K Harris
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
12,798

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Cardiff City 0.

Booking

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

Alex Revell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jacob Butterfield.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Harry Bunn replaces Sean Scannell.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Conor Coady following a set piece situation.

Booking

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ishmael Miller (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Foul by Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town).

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Alex Revell replaces Eoin Doyle.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Huddersfield Town).

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Conor McAleny.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone.

Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Conor McAleny replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Huddersfield Town).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Aron Gunnarsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Ishmael Miller replaces Nahki Wells.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

goal

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