Friday 16 November 2018

Manchester City v Huddersfield – Story of the match

The champions lacked their usual ferocity and had to settle for a goalless draw.

Aaron Mooy, left, helped Huddersfield to a well-earned point
Aaron Mooy, left, helped Huddersfield to a well-earned point

By Liam Blackburn, Press Association Sport

Manchester City failed to fire on the day they were presented with the Premier League trophy as Huddersfield claimed a vital point at the Etihad Stadium.

The champions lacked their usual ferocity and had to settle for a goalless draw against a Huddersfield side who dug in for a result that could be critical in their battle to avoid relegation.

City had gone into the game on the brink of breaking Premier League records for the most wins, most goals and most points in a season but all three were put on hold.

Tweet of the match

They might not have claimed the three points, but City could at least console themselves with the Premier League trophy and a WWE title belt.

Star man – Christopher Schindler

He marshalled the visitors’ defence brilliantly and made a key clearance when his goalkeeper lost track of a corner. Industrious midfielder Jonathan Hogg also deserves a special mention.

No record-breaking day for City

A frustrating afternoon meant history eluded City on Sunday. Still, Guardiola’s side have another two chances to break records, starting with the visit of Brighton on Wednesday.

Huddersfield once again prove a tough nut to crack

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David Wagner, left, has experienced more joy than most against City (Martin Rickett/PA)

Guardiola may have known little about Huddersfield prior to arriving in the Premier League but they have proven one of the most stubborn opponents his men have faced over the past two seasons. Last term City needed an FA Cup replay to knock them out of that competition and six months ago the Terriers led before Raheem Sterling scored a late winner in a come-from-behind victory. So many clubs have been put to the sword by City, but David Wagner’s Terriers seem to have found a formula to frustrate them.

Ratings

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Mathias Jorgensen, right, impressed for Huddersfield

Manchester City: Ederson 6 (out of 10), Kyle Walker 6, John Stones 6, Nicolas Otamendi 5, Fabian Delph 5, Fernandinho 6, Kevin De Bruyne 6, Raheem Sterling 6, David Silva 6, Leroy Sane 5, Gabriel Jesus 5. Substitutes: Benjamin Mendy (on for Delph, 57) 6, Ilkay Gundogan (on for De Bruyne, 68) 6, Bernardo Silva (on for Stones, 73) 6.

Huddersfield: Jonas Lossl 6, Mathias Jorgensen 8, Christopher Schindler 8, Terence Kongolo 8, Tommy Smith 7, Florent Hadergjonaj 7, Jonathan Hogg 8, Aaron Mooy 7, Chris Lowe 7,  Alex Pritchard 7, Steve Mounie 6. Substitutes: Laurent Depoitre (on for Mounie, 59) 7, Scott Malone (on for Lowe, 77) 6, Rajiv van La Parra (on for Pritchard, 82) 6.

Who’s up next?

Manchester City v Brighton (Premier League, May 9)
Chelsea v Huddersfield (Premier League, May 9)

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