A Nakhi Wells red card made little difference as West Yorkshire side Huddersfield Town claimed all three points against Millwall.
The hosts have had a very disappointing season and have found themselves occupying the relegation places for pretty much all of the season. Stefan Maierhoffer started upfront for the hosts, with Ricardo Fuller only on the bench. Magaye Gueye also starts for the hosts.
The visitors Huddersfield who have been inconsistent this year had their three ‘big guns’ available with Nakhi Wells, James Vaughan and Jacob Butterfield all starting for the visitors.
Knowing that the majority of the teams around them lost, this was a great chance for Millwall to take advantage – but they didn’t and couldn’t take advantage of the slip ups of the teams around them.
Huddersfield who are very much in mid table,to demonstrate their inconsistencies were brilliant in this game. After the match had finished Town boss Chris Powell described the performance as “the best since I have been here”.
It all could have been different if Stefan Meierhoffer’s hadn’t hit the post. That miss proved costly as Sean Scannell opened the scoring for the visitors. Right after the goal Huddersfield looked to press home their advantage – but they were unable to. That proved costly as Maierhoffer did eventually score from close range.
The remainder of the first half remained all square – but it was five minutes after the restart where the match would be turned on it’s head. Striker Nakhi Wells was sent off after receiving a second yellow after committing a bad foul.
Instead of galvanising the home side, it was actually the visitors who were given the lift. Jacob Butterfield got the crucial goal with a brilliant effort outside the box which enabled Huddersfield to retake the lead.
With Millwall having the man advantage, they surely needed to push for the equaliser -but it was Huddersfield who struck again. The Lions left themselves exposed which allowed Harry Bunn to draw a foul in the penalty area which left the referee no choice – but to point to the penalty spot.
The penalty was duly dispatched by James Vaughan which ended the game as a contest. There was no further goals as Huddersfield ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.
Millwall will reflect on this game and no doubt see this match as an opportunity missed to close the gap on the teams above them. As it now stands however The Lions are firmly in a relegation battle. Huddersfield on the other hand might be able to start to look up the table, this win takes the Terriers up to 14th in the table, 13 points off the playoffs.