David Wagner fumes as Huddersfield see penalty denied in draw with Cardiff

David Wagner fumes as Huddersfield see penalty denied in draw with Cardiff

12-Jan-2019 17:05:34 | Guardian

For a game of such magnitude in the fight for survival, a bore draw was an unwelcome outcome for both parties yet Huddersfield departed the Welsh capital aggrieved at what might have been. Lee Mason, the referee, overturned his assistant’s decision to flag for a Huddersfield penalty with 14 minutes to play after deciding that Florent Hadergjonaj was guilty of fouling Joe Bennett before the Cardiff City defender upended the full-back. For Cardiff, this was not the win they craved to return to winning ways but a precious point towards safety nevertheless. For Huddersfield, who face Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in three of their next four games, it was a 10th consecutive match without victory.

It may be barely mid-January but both David Wagner and Neil Warnock recognised the value of gaining three priceless points here. Cardiff were desperate to return to form on home soil after bruising defeats to Tottenham and Manchester United, while Huddersfield were determined to stop the rot having last recorded victory in November. Neither team convinced from the outset, though both mustered half-chances, with Jason Puncheon – lively on his league debut for Huddersfield – fizzing an early effort wide of Neil Etheridge’s goal, while Sean Morrison, the Cardiff captain, hacked away after an Alex Pritchard free-kick caused panic in the Cardiff box.

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