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Huddersfield v Forest

24 September 2015

Huddersfield 1-1 Forest

Nottingham Forest were denied a third consecutive away win by a late Huddersfield equaliser at the John Smith's Stadium this evening.

Ryan Mendes had given Forest the lead with his first goal for the club - an excellent finish in the first half.

But just as the game seemed to be ebbing away from the hosts, Emyr Huws' deflected effort was adjudged to have crossed the line, handing the Terriers a share of the spoils on 84 minutes.

Dougie Freedman made three changes to the team that faced Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Matt Mills and Ben Osborn missed out through injury, while Nelson Oliveira dropped to the bench. In came Jack Hobbs, Michael Mancienne and Jamie Ward.

Tyler Walker was back on the Forest bench along with Kyle Ebecilo.

Former Reds Ishmael Miller, Joel Lynch and Elliott Ward started for the Terriers.
The latter had a chance to break the deadlock on seven minutes when he found space in the Forest area at a corner. He could only head the ball wide.

Huddersfield had started the match brightly, with most of their play focused around left winger Mustapha Carayol. The former Middlesbrough man drew a booking from Eric Lichaj on 12 minutes when he was blocked off by the American.

It had been a quiet start for both goalkeepers but, a minute after Dorus de Vries made a comfortable save from Harry Bunn's weak long-range effort, Huddersfield stopper Jed Steer was picking the ball out of his net.

The danger came from the left courtesy of a Daniel Pinillos cross to the back post. Lichaj had made a run forward from right back and did well to nod the ball down into the centre of the box, where Mendes was on hand to fire it into the roof of the net.

That was a moment of quality in an otherwise edgy, scrappy affair. Onlookers had to wait until the stroke of half-time for the next shot of note, Steer holding on to the ball low down after Ward's sweetly-struck 25-yarder.

There were no changes for either side at half-time but Huddersfield came close to altering the scoreline within a minute of the restart.

The Terriers worked the ball down the right and Martin Cranie pulled it back for Bunn in the area. He struck it first time but Kelvin Wilson did well to get his head in the way.

Forest had a chance of their own on 53 minutes when Lynch was forced to turn the ball behind after Ward latched on to Henri Lansbury's dink over the top. Mancienne timed his run perfectly to meet Lansbury's corner but glanced the ball a couple of yards wide of the far post.

The Reds were containing Huddersfield well and Chris Powell felt compelled to make a change on 67 minutes, sending on Nahki Wells in place of Carayol.

Two minutes later, Lynch had an excellent chance to deal a blow to his former employers but headed the ball over the bar from a corner.

Forest responded immediately by working a shooting opportunity for O'Grady in the area. The angle was against him, however, and Steer held on to the ball low down at his near post.

Freedman's first change saw Chris Burke replace Ward with 15 minutes remaining and shortly after his arrival on the field the Scotsman came agonisingly close to doubling Forest's lead.

Burke beat the offside trap to latch on to Lansbury's through ball and race through one-on-one with Steer. His finish was cute but the ball came back off the post. O'Grady arrived on the follow up and, with Steer stranded, he lashed it goalwards. Cranie made a heroic block on the line to keep his side in the game.

Walker entered the fray with seven minutes to play, replacing Mendes on the left as Freedman looked to give his side fresh impetus with the game nearing its end.

But Huddersfield had an equaliser two minutes later when Huws' speculative shot deflected off a Forest man, crashed off the underside of the bar and bounced over the line.

Lansbury had an immediate opportunity to put his side back ahead when Burke won a free-kick on the edge of the Huddersfield area. The Reds captain could only lash the ball high over the bar.

Three minutes of added time were indicated at the end of the match and Forest looked the more likely side to snatch a late winner.

But they were unable to do so as the match ended 1-1.

Forest: De Vries, Lichaj, Wilson, Hobbs, Pinillos, Mancienne, Vaughan, Ward (Burke 76'), Lansbury (c), Mendes (Walker 80'), O'Grady

Subs not used: Evtimov, Williams, Ebecilio, Blackstock, Oliveira

Goal: Mendes 23'

Booking: Lichaj 12'

: Steer, Davidson, Whitehead (c), Scannell (Lolley 79'), Carayol (Wells 67'), Miller, Ward, Cranie, Huws, Bunn, LynchHuddersfield

Subs not used: Allinson, Smith, Hogg, Dempsey, Bojaj

Goal: Huws 85'

Booking: Cranie 27'

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Attendance: 11,299 (937 away)

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