A dramatic finale to the Huddersfield match on Friday afternoon has really set up the Newcastle v Leeds match.

Preston took a 23rd minute lead through Aiden McGeady, leaving Huddersfield with a real uphill struggle.

Just before half-time though, Kachunga levelled things, before with 20 minutes to go Jack Payne put the home side ahead for the first time.

On 79 minutes though, Jordan Hugill made it 2-2 and Preston looked set for a point and a big helping hand for Newcastle and Brighton.

Further drama was to follow though, as in the sixth minute of injury time it was Hugill who gave Huddersfield a penalty in an off the ball incident.

Aaron Mooy stepped up but saw his penalty saved…only for 86th minute substitute Colin Quaner to slot in the rebound.

You have to give credit to Huddersfield for sticking at it, as they’d dominated the game.

With 70% possession and 6 corners to Preston’s zero, it was largely one way traffic.

With 14 shots to Preston’s three that further summed up Huddersfield’s superiority, plus the visitors scored with their only two efforts on target.

This leaves the Championship looking like this:

86 Brighton (GD +34) – Played 41

84 Newcastle (+39) – Played 41

77 Huddersfield (+5) – Played 41

73 Reading (-1) – Played 41

72 Leeds United (+16) – Played 41

72 Sheffield Wed (+13) – Played 42

70 Fulham (+22) – Played 42

REMAINING GAMES

Brighton

Wolves v Brighton (playing now and Brighton lead 1-0 at half-time)

Brighton v Wigan – Monday 17 April 3pm

Norwich v Brighton – Friday 21 April 7.45pm

Brighton v Bristol City – Saturday 29 April 5.30pm

Aston Villa v Brighton – Sunday 7 May 12 noon

Newcastle United

Newcastle v Leeds – 7.45pm tonight (Friday 14 April)

Ipswich v Newcastle – Monday 17 April 3pm

Newcastle v Preston – Monday 24 April 7.45pm

Cardiff v Newcastle – Friday 28 April 7.45pm

Newcastle v Barnsley – Sunday 7 May 12 noon

Huddersfield

Derby v Huddersfield – Monday 17 April 5pm

Huddersfield v Fuhham – Saturday 22 April 3pm

Wolves v Huddersfield – Tuesday 25 April 7.45pm

Birmingham v Huddersfield – Saturday 29 April 3pm

Huddersfield v Cardiff – Sunday 7 May 12 noon



  • Grahame Johnson

    Yet again a puzzling referee decision, no doubt brushed over and forgot about

    • Jezza

      Yes apparently the ball was in play in the centre circle when the incident the penalty was given for took place. I have never heard of anything like this in 45 years following football.

      • Mark Potter

        The first penalty against Notts Forest (and Shelvey sending off). The ball was cleared well upfield before the linesman signalled to the referee that there had been an off the ball incident.

  • Jezza

    I was listening to live commentary on the radio. There was a 5 minute delay between the penalty award and the kick being taken, then the radio commentator announced “it’s saved”. I punched the air only to be brought back down to earth a second later when I heard the rebound had been put away. A very lucky win for Huddersfield due to a highly controversial penalty given 5 minutes into injury time when only 4 were supposed to be played. Call me paranoid but when things like this happen you can’t help but think the fates are conspiring against us. We need something tonight.

    • Leazes Ender

      You’re paranoid….. never listen to the match on the radio…. it does yer heed in…..