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Huddersfield 1-2 U21s - report

26 January 2015

United's U21s made it three league wins on the bounce in 2015, with a hard fought 2-1 success over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Monday afternoon.


Jamie McDonagh opened the scoring early in the first-half, before substitute Jake Wright netted a second after the interval, meaning Daniel Carr's late strike proved to be nothing more than a consolation, as midfielder Paul Coutts played an hour on his Blades debut.


The first meaningful action of the contest saw the visitors take the lead in the 10th minute, MCDONAGH finished smartly capping a quick break after a misplaced place by home trialist O'Donnell.


Town could have restored parity seven minutes later through Bojaj, but his effort from Majewski's corner was saved by Willis, before Crookes missed the target with a flicked header from another Majewski set-piece.


The remained of the opening 45 minutes was a scrappy affair, although United always looked dangerous on the break.


Huddersfield made two changes at half-time with Charles and Tronstad introduced in place of Majewski and O'Donnell, but United continued to defend resolutely.


On a cold afternoon in West Yorkshire, Holmes then missed a good chance to equalise for the Terriers, shooting wide with only Willis to beat after latching on to Billing's header down.


Then, as Town continued to press in search of that elusive leveller, United struck a decisive blow by scoring a second on the counter attack in the 82nd minute. Coustrain led the break and played a great ball into WRIGHT who controlled and shot into the back of the net in one movement with a helping hand from goalkeeper Allinson who allowed the ball to squirm past him.


The hosts gave themselves a lifeline moments later though as CARR lashed home a Holmes cross to reduce the arrears, before excellent last-ditch defending from the Blades snuffed out chances for the home goalscorer and Charles to make it three wins from three matches in 2015 for Chris Morgan's youngsters and he was understandably delighted with the victory.


Morgan remarked: "It was a good game of football, Huddersfield applied a lot of pressure and we had to be strong and defend properly, Sam (Berry) and Ioan (Evans) were excellent at the heart of the back four.


"And going forward, especially on the counter attack we were very good and caused them problems. We were also clinical in front of goal and that proved to be the difference between the two sides."


Blades: Willis, Paling, McFadzean (Wright 60), Coutts (Dimaio 60), Berry, Evans, Hamilton, Whiteman, McDonagh, Cuvelier (Calvert-Lewin 71), Coustrain.
Unused: Eastwood.


Meanwhile, the home fixture at Shirecliffe against Crewe Alexandra, scheduled to be played on Monday 2nd February, will now be played 48 hours later on Wednesday 4th February, kick-off 1pm.



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