Huddersfield 1-1 Norwich City: Grant Hanley’s own goal denies victory for the Canaries -Dlight News

Huddersfield 1-1 Norwich City: Grant Hanley's own goal denies victory for the Canaries

Norwich captain Grant Hanley’s own goal helped Huddersfield to a 1–1 draw and move out of the bottom of the Championship table.

The Terriers entered the contest having gone four games without a league goal, equaling their longest run since 2000, and visiting goalkeeper Angus Gunn was not called up to make a save on Wednesday night.

But the unfortunate Hanley saw the ball bounce into his own net from a yard after Martyn Waghorn’s second-half lob hit a post.

And a frustrating night for the visitors was compounded when Marquinhos was sent off for allegedly elbowing Josh Ruffels in the second minute of stoppage time.

Earlier, the play-off chasing canaries had taken a 1-0 lead until half-time after Brazilian attacker Gabriel Sara’s third goal in four outings.

But David Wagner, returning to the club with which he won promotion to the Premier League in 2017, was forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Norwich dominated possession during the opening exchanges and came close just before the quarter hour mark when Kenny McLean and Josh Sargent traded passes down the left channel only for the former to drill an eight-yard effort in front of goal.

Midway through the first half, central defender Ben Gibson carried the ball up midfield unchallenged before trying his luck with a 25-yard drive that was brought down by Tomas Vaclik.

Moments later, McLean’s header from Sara’s corner went off the wrong side of the post before the Canaries took a deserved lead on 26 minutes.

The impressive McLean was again involved sending Adam Idah running down the left flank with Rarmani Edmonds-Green in desperate pursuit.

Idah’s cross to the far post was subsequently met by Sara with a controlled volley with her side foot from eight meters away.

The Terriers got their first goal attempt of the night just after the half hour mark, but Ben Jackson’s shot on the edge of the box was deflected wide of the visitors’ goal.

Seconds after the break, Sara fired wide from 20 yards before Huddersfield’s first burst of sustained pressing led to a couple of chances at the other end of the pitch, but Waghorn’s free kick cleared the crossbar and the angled shot from Danny Ward was blocked and deflected. Max Aarons’ near post.

The hosts then equalized on 65 minutes when Josh Koroma gained a tackle on the right flank and the ball broke for Waghorn on the edge of the penalty area. He chipped a measured chip over an out-of-position Gunn and, after the ball struck the goalkeeper’s right post, he struck a helpless Hanley and bounced across the line.

Returning to the attack, the Canaries saw a shot from Teemu Pukki that local midfielder Jack Rudoni kicked over the bar.

Moments later, Rudoni almost made his presence known at the other end, narrowly clearing the bar from outside the penalty area.

Substitute Christos Tzolis’ near-post shot was saved by Vaclik before Marquinhos saw red for the kill.

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