Hull City 0-1 Huddersfield Town: Harry Toffolo scores late winner


Huddersfield were relegated from the Premier League in 2019

Harry Toffolo scored a late winner to send Huddersfield Town third in the Championship as they finally overcame 10-man Hull City.

The Terriers’ play-off chances had been dented in recent weeks, having not won in three games, but the late goal solidified their top-six hopes.

Having played with an extra man for the entire second half after Tom Eaves’ second yellow card just before the break, the frustration was palpable until 11 minutes from the end.

Danel Sinani’s free-kick was headed towards goal by Tom Lees, parried away by home goalkeeper Matt Ingram, but bundled home by Toffolo.

They fashioned a glorious chance to steal a point deep into added time as Richie Smallwood crossed for substitute Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, but the Iranian headed wide from six yards out.

Huddersfield are now seven points clear of seventh-placed Middlesbrough with six games remaining.

It was a sixth-straight home defeat for Hull, a club record, but they have a 13-point buffer to the bottom three.

The Tigers’ chances of beating their high-flying Yorkshire rivals was made even more difficult by Eaves’ dismissal in first-half stoppage time.

Having already been booked for an unnecessarily strong challenge on Levi Colwill on the halfway line, he needlessly tripped Lewis O’Brien and was shown a second yellow card.

Hull almost paid the price immediately as Ollie Turton headed a free-kick wide from the middle of the area, but the hosts held out bravely deep into the second half.

There was a suggestion Lees was offside in the build-up to the goal but Hull’s protests were waved away as the Terriers celebrated wildly in front of their traveling support.

The visitors had earlier been denied two penalties by referee Jeremy Simpson – the first a clear handball from Jacob Greaves and then Smallwood’s foul on Josh Koroma that was ruled to be outside the area.

Huddersfield’s second-half dominance eventually paid off and they now have a 10-day wait before entertaining fellow play-off chasers Luton.

Hull manager Shota Arveladze told BBC Radio Humberside:

“I think it wasn’t a purposeful tackle for the second yellow card but I am not complaining.

“We reacted well until the goal and then we created shots and corners and chances for the equaliser.

“Allahyar traveled a very long way before today and it would have been great for him to score at the end.”

Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan told BBC Radio Leeds:

“We would have liked to have got the result sooner than we did but I know that doesn’t happen in the Championship which is such a very competitive competition.

“When they lost a player we tried to put more balls into the box but we had to wait until late in the game to seal the three points.

“We prevented them counter-attacking and stopped them winning many fouls which blocked their way back into the game.”

Line-ups

hull

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Ingram
  • 5jones
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 4Greaves
  • 16LongmanSubstituted forelderlyat 65′minutes
  • 6Smallwood
  • 27slaterSubstituted forDochertyat 76′minutesBooked at 78mins
  • twenty-oneflemingBooked at 41minsSubstituted forSayyadmaneshat 83′minutes
  • 10Honeyman
  • elevenLewis-Potter
  • 9eavesBooked at 45mins

substitutes

  • 3elderly
  • 8Docherty
  • 13Baxter
  • twentySayyadmanesh
  • 22Smith
  • 23Huddlestone
  • 24Bernard

Huddersfield

Formation 4-3-3

  • twenty-oneNicholls
  • twentyTurtonSubstituted forAvilaat 73′minutes
  • 32you read
  • 26Colwill
  • 3Toffolo
  • 19HolmesSubstituted forCampbellat 58′minutes
  • 37Russell
  • 8O’Brien
  • 16ThomasBooked at 41mins
  • 9rhodes
  • 10KoromaSubstituted forSinaniat 74′minutes

substitutes

  • twoAvila
  • 4pearson
  • fifteenHigh
  • 18Blackman
  • 22Campbell
  • 24Sinani
  • 48Eiting

Referee:
Jeremy Simpson

attendance:
12,764

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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