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Huddersfield Town - Sheffield Wednesday
Championship - 14 May 2017
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FULL-TIME: Huddersfield are held to a goalless draw by Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-final first-leg of the Championship playoffs at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The best opportunity fell to the hosts in the first-half when on-loan Chelsea midfielder Isaiah Brown who poked his shot at the crossbar whilst off-balance.
Sheffield Wednesday will be the happier of the two sides and will hope to finish the job on Wednesday at Hillsborough.
We've played the first of four additional minutes at the end of the contest.
- OffNahki WellsHuddersfield Town
- OnMartin CranieHuddersfield Town
DOUBLE HUDDERSFIELD SUB
Wells and Lowe are replaced by Cranie and Holmes-Dennis.
- Yellow cardAdam ReachSheffield Wednesday
Reach fouls Smith and will go into the book.
Now Huddersfield win a corner. Van La Parra swings it in and after a brief moment of panic in the box Wednesday eventually clear.
Huddersfield win a free-kick with Mooy standing over it. But he sees his shot deflected out for a throw-in. It's been one of those days in front of goal for the hosts.
Bannan almost sends the travelling supporters wild! He picks up possession and is invited to shoot from 30 yards and it almost curls into the top corner.
This result will obviously suit Sheffield Wednesday a lot better than it will Huddersfield.
Chances have been so few and far between, but can either side take the initiative in the final eight minutes?
And now Hunt overhits his cross from a similar position. Wednesday have really struggled to create even a half-chance this afternoon.
Rhodes wins Wednesday a free-kick on the right, with what must be his first touch. The set-piece is cleared by the first Huddersfield defender, however.
- OffElias KachungaHuddersfield Town
- OnCollin QuanerHuddersfield Town
Kachunga's game is up as he is replaced by Collin Quaner.
The corner is sent to the back post where Kachunga looks to head it back across goal but it's blocked by a Wednesday defender.
The Terries up the ante in search of an opener as Smith forces a corner. Now, can they make this set-piece count?
- Yellow cardDavid JonesSheffield Wednesday
Jones is booked for a foul on Brown.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY SUB
A third and final change for the visitors as Forestieri is replaced by Sam Winnall.
The hosts are beginning to turn the screw and they have 18 minutes to find a winner. It'll be very difficult to only take a draw to Hillsborough, you feel.
Van La Parra's deflected cross falls into the path of Wells at the near post who sees his flash shot saved by the fingertips of Westwood.
A clever angled pass from Mooy picks out Smith inside the visitors box but he ends up firing high and wild in the crowd. A big chance for Huddersfield goes begging.
- OffSteven FletcherSheffield Wednesday
- OnJordan RhodesSheffield Wednesday
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY SUB
A mixed reception greets Rhodes who replaces Fletcher.
Former Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes is preparing to come on for Sheffield Wednesday. Can he make the difference against the club where it all began for the Scotland international?
Wells is allowed space on the right flank but none of his team mates can make contact with his teasing ball across the face of goal. It's all Huddersfield at the moment.
Moor sends the delivery to the near post which finds Wells but his looping header is never troubling the goalkeeper.
Jones concedes possession with his first touch. Van La Parra then swings in a cross but it's deflected and Westwood can't keep it in. Huddersfield corner to follow...
- OffRoss WallaceSheffield Wednesday
- OnDavid JonesSheffield Wednesday
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY SUB
Wallace makes way for David Jones.
Wells is the target inside the Wednesday penalty area from the resulting free-kick delivery on the left but the visitors, again, do well to defend.
- Yellow cardJack HuntSheffield Wednesday
A clever turn from Van La Parra allows him past Hunt who, in a desperate bid to stop the Huddersfield winger, pulls him down. The referee has little choice other than to issue a yellow card to the Wednesday man.
The visitors defend the cross well and Huddersfield's quest to find the opening goal continues with half an hour to play.
Westwood gathers the ball from Brown's deflected cross but the referee signals for a corner - it was across the line before the Wednesday goalkeeper made contact.
The game is finally starting to open up a little.
Reach picks up possession from 25 yards and has a pop at goal, firing the ball inches wide of the Huddersfield goal. That's the closest the visitors have come.
That's better from Huddersfield! Well tries an ambitious lob from the edge of the box and almost catches out Westwood who gets a fingertip on the ball to keep it out.
Huddersfield continue to enjoy possession but apart from Brown's opportunity in the first half, the hosts have created little.
A clever reverse pass from Kachunga releases Lowe on the right hand side of the penalty area but his cross is poor and Wednesday partially clear. Van La Parra whips in another ball but again the visitors stand firm.
Coleman, in the Huddersfield net, is able to collect the ball from the subsequent corner.
Wallace is allowed space to curl a cross into the Huddersfield box and Reach is the target but a vital defensive header denies Wednesday.
Half appeals for a penalty as Van La Parra sees his cross blocked inside the box, but to say the calls from the home support for a spot-kick are ambitious is an understatement.
There's a sense around the John Smith's Stadium that the second period will be more exciting. It couldn't be any worse than the first half, to be honest.
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Sheffield Wednesday get us underway in the second-half. Will the visitors play with more ambition in the remaining 45 minutes?
Huddersfield dominated for large spells in the first-half but failed to capitalise on their possession. The best opportunity of a tepid affair fell to on-loan Chelsea midfielder Isaiah Brown who poked his shot at the crossbar.
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HALF-TIME: Huddersfield 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday.
Huddersfield win a corner which Fletcher heads clear and that'll be that for the first-half.
Three additional minutes will be played at the end of the first half.
A delicious cross from Bannan splits the Huddersfield defence but Hunt fails to control it at the back post and the ball rolls out harmlessly for a goal-kick.
The Terries knock the ball around patiently in midfield, waiting for an opening in the resilient and well organised Wednesday defence.
The home fans spot a handball as the set-piece is delivered and feel their side should have a penalty.
But the referee waves play on and Sheffield Wednesday then launch a rapid counter-attack with Reach teeing up Fletcher who mis-hits the shot.
Brown releases Van La Parra on the left but the Huddersfield midfielder can't force his cross into the penalty area. He'll have to settle for a corner.
Here's proof of that earlier Brown chance. It's the closest Huddersfield have come.
The medics have done their jobs and both players are back on the pitch.
Fletcher and Lowe collide with the loose ball setting Hunt free down the right but the Wednesday man runs it out play.
Meanwhile, there will be a pause in play as both players need some treatment.
A little kick out from Wallace on Lowe sees the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder booked.
The ball ends up in the back of the net, but it won't count. A foul had been committed as the delivery was made.
Wednesday have an opportunity to test the home defence now as Hunt is felled by Lowe. The free-kick will be swung in from the right.
The tireless Foresteri wins the ball in the centre of midfield as Wednesday come charging forward but the move peters out. The visitors have offered little to nothing in attack thus far.
- Yellow cardTom SmithHuddersfield Town
An accumulation of fouls sees Smith go into the book for a late challenge on Forestieri.
Patient football from Huddersfield who are growing in confidence. The ball is worked into a wide position for Brown, he tries to pick out Wells but the Wednesday defence stands firm.
A threaded through ball from Brown carves open the Wednesday defence as Wells and Smith are played through, but one or even both are flagged offside.
Lowe's cross is sent in from the left which Wells nods on into the path of Brown but he can't keep his effort down and sees the ball clip the top of the woodwork and over.
The Wednesday defence is proving difficult to break down and they cope with Huddersfield's latest foray which sees Brown trying to go alone, but he's easily dispossessed.
Huddersfield persist with the direct style and it almost works with the most recent attack as the visitors allow the ball to bounce in their penalty area, but Kachunga can't get the ball under control.
Huddersfield try to go long in a bid to catch the visiting defence out but Smith overhits the pass and Wednesday have a goal-kick.
A quarter of an hour has been played and it's Huddersfield manager who will be the happier of the two men in the dugout. The Terriers haven't created a golden chance but they look the most likely to open the scoring at the moment.
A move down the left-flank ends with Van La Parra curling a cross straight into the arms of Wednesday goalkeeper Westwood.
It's a long way out but Lowe shoots from the free-kick and it's blocked by Pudli who goes to ground holding his face. It seemed to strike his hand and then his face.
The hosts continue to enjoy a bright spell and they win a free-kick now, 40 yards from goal, after Lees fouls Van La Parra.
Neat football from Kachunga as he gets away from a challenge before feeding Mooy who passes to Wells. The Huddersfield striker chips a cross to the back post but it's jsut ahead of Brown.
A deep cross is sent into the Sheffield Wednesday box, it's too deep but Wells keeps it alive. He tricks his way past two defenders before teeing up Mooy on the edge but he screws the effort well wide. Better from Huddersfield.
Both sides look quite tense in the opening stages and even the home supporters, who were raucous at kick-off, have resorted to biting nails.
Hudderfield lost six of their final 10 Championship fixtures before the end of the regular season (W3 D1).
An early chance for Huddersfield to get the ball in the visitors penalty area as they win a free-kick. Mooy pumps into the box for Hefele whose header is never going to trouble the goalkeeper.
- 1st Half
KICK-OFF: Huddersfield get us underway on a lovely day in Yorkshire.
Nahki Wells has scored four goals in three previous play-off appearances, all in the 2012/13 campaign for Bradford City.
DID YOU KNOW?
Huddersfield will compete in the second tier play-offs for the first time in their history. They won promotion from the League One play-offs in 2011-12 with a victory on penalties over Sheffield United.
Having lost to Hull City in last year's final, it's fair to say Sheffield Wednesday have some bad memories of the playoffs. They have the perfect opportunity to set up another Wembley showdown though, as they face a team they have beaten on the past four occasions in the semi-finals.
Wednesday have competed in the Premier League before, but not since the 1999/2000 season in which they were hammered 8-0 by Newcastle United, with Alan Shearer helping himself to five goals.
Huddersfield have never played in the Premier League and were last relegated from the old First Division in 1972.
When they last competed in English football's top flight 45 years ago:
* Edward Heath was in his second year as Prime Minister as leader of the Conservative Party.
*Pipes and Drums and the Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard were in their third week at number one in the music charts with Amazing Grace.
(courtesy of ITV)
Huddersfield lost both regular league meetings against the Owls this season without scoring a goal (2-0 away in January, 1-0 at home in October).
Huddersfield's Head Coach David Wagner makes three changes to his starting XI with goalkeeper Joel Coleman replacing the suspended Danny Ward, top scorer Elias Kachunga - who has missed Town’s last four games due to injury - taking the place of Sean Scannell and Nahki Wells replacing Collin Quaner.
Carlos Carvalhal makes one change to his Sheffield Wednesday side with the injured Gary Hooper dropping out from the team that beat Ipswich two weeks ago. Fernando Forestieri is his replacement in attack.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY TEAM
Westwood; Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Pudil; Wallace, Lee, Bannan, Reach; Forestieri, Fletcher.
Coleman; Lowe, Schindler, Hefele, Smith; Mooy, Hogg, Brown, Van La Parra, Kachunga; Wells.
Good morning and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the Championship playoff semi-final first leg contest between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday.
Potentially two games from Wembley, and three from the heavens of the Premier League, both sides will go at it hammer and tong in their bid for the £110m prize this afternoon.
Hold on to your seats, it's going to be exciting!