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Burnley 1 Huddersfield Town 1

Sam Vokes strikes again but Huddersfield deserve point to get off bottom

6 October 2018

The Clarets extended their unbeaten record to three games but couldn’t take a winning run into the international break as Huddersfield hit back to get off the bottom of the Premier League.

Sam Vokes’ second goal in as many games promised to make it three wins in a row but the Terriers deserved their reward through Christopher Schindler’s second-half equaliser as the Roses rivals again remained deadlocked.

The result left Huddersfield without a win this season but seemingly not without hope.

Meanwhile, the below-par Clarets – unrecognisable as an attacking force from the side that overwhelmed Bournemouth in their previous home game – will bank their point and look to come back fit and firing after the break with a tough run of fixtures to come.

Both games between the two sides last season had finished goalless but that never looked likely to be the case this time around thanks to a flurry of early chances.

That said, Huddersfield hadn’t previously managed a goal from open play this season – all three coming from set-pieces – and the visitors’ poor finishing was instrumental in allowing the Clarets a half-time lead.

Burnley’s two opportunities before the break fell to Vokes and the in-form striker again delivered the goods.

A first header from Ashley Westwood’s sumptuous cross was gratefully held by goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

But the Dane had no chance with 20 minutes gone when Vokes produced a textbook header to steer the ball into the corner of the net as his combination with winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson paid dividends for the second game in a row.

The pair had conjured up the Clarets’ winning goal at Cardiff last weekend and after Ben Mee had flicked on a Charlie Taylor free-kick, Gudmundsson again managed to work the space to deliver an in-swinging left-footer which was tailor-made for Vokes to do the rest.

The goal did nothing to deflate the Terriers, however, as they continued to cause problems.

Burnley didn’t help their own cause, giving the ball away in dangerous positions, although Joe Hart didn’t have a save to make before half-time.

James Tarkowski, recovered from the injury that forced him off at Cardiff, twice baled out centre-back partner Ben Mee with vital blocks from Laurent Depoitre and Philip Billing.

And winger Rajiv van La Parra shot wastefully wide with half an hour gone after a one-two with Alex Pritchard had left the Dutchman with a clear sight of goal.

Huddersfield had dominated possession and the pattern continued after the break, Aaron Mooy heading over a Chris Lowe cross before testing Hart for the first time, the Clarets’ keeper blocking away his shot with Depoitre diving in the box as he chased the rebound to earn the game’s first booking.

The Clarets responded with Vokes flicking a Gudmundsson shot goalwards, but it was no surprise when Town equalised 20 minutes into the second half.

Schindler met a Lowe cross with a fine header to claim his first Premier League goal, before the Town defender underlined his heroics by before bravely blocking a Westwood shot at the other end after suffering a badly gashed head in an accidental collision with Vokes.

The lengthy stoppage needed to patch up the German led to eight minutes of stoppage time.

But despite the Clarets’ introduction of Matej Vydra – who had scored six goals in his previous seven games against Huddersfield – neither side was able to create a chance to win it, Burnley at least standing firm to make it seven points from three games to aid their recent recovery.

Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood (Hendrick 73), Lennon, Barnes (Wood 61), Vokes (Vydra 90). Substitutes: Heaton, Bardsley, Long, McNeil.

Booked: Mee

Huddersfield: Lossl, Durm, Zanka, Schindler, Lowe (Hadergjonaj 86), Billing, Hogg, Pritchard, Mooy, van La Parra Mounie 59), Depoitre (Mbenza 59). Substitutes: Hamer, Kachunga, Diakhaby, Stankovic.

Booked: Depoitre, Zanka

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh

Attendance: 20,533

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