Aston Villa 1-1 Huddersfield Town

17 Aug

Huddersfield Town


Huddersfield – who had not faced Villa since December 1987 – celebrate their late leveller

Michael Hefele’s bizarre late equaliser denied Aston Villa a second straight win and maintained Huddersfield Town’s unbeaten start to the league season.

Hefele chased down Pierluigi Gollini’s clearance and the ball bounced off his back straight into the empty Villa net.

The hosts had been on course to win after Ross McCormack headed in his first Villa goal before half-time.

Rudy Gestede had chances to extend the lead, before Nahki Wells struck the post as Huddersfield rallied late on.

When McCormack headed in Jack Grealish’s skimmed cross before half-time, Villa were good value for their lead on a emotional night for the club following the death of former player Dalian Atkinson.

Ashley Westwood had fired over from a corner early on, after Jordan Ayew’s decent effort was saved.

Gestede should have made it 2-0 but Huddersfield more than matched the hosts after the break and Elias Kachunga almost scored from an overhead kick, before a combination of Hefele’s persistence and hesitant Villa defending saw the German level in unusual circumstances.

The result left Huddersfield – who won at Newcastle on Saturday – level on points with leaders Brighton and Norwich in third, three points ahead of Villa.

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Aston Villa paid tribute to former player Dalian Atkinson following his death on Monday

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo:

“[Pierluigi Gollini] is obviously disappointed but he is a young keeper who will have to learn from this. You learn from your mistakes, they are experiences, but he is a very strong character as well.

“He wanted to kick it away and kicked it onto the opposition. There’s plenty of space, (James) Chester blocked the Huddersfield player off nicely so there was plenty of space. When the keeper make a mistake it’s usually a goal but he made some great saves as well.

“But I thought we played a magnificent first half with a lot of intensity and energy on the pitch. We had some good opportunities to score the second goal and kill the game off a little bit. It’s something we need to improve to be able to win games.”

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner:

“It was a strange moment, when I brought him on I didn’t have the picture of this goal in my head. At the end it was a typical Hef goal, he is a great character and has a fighting attitude.

“It’s not easy for him at the moment because he has two strong competitors with [Mark] Hudson and [Christopher] Schindler but I’m very pleased for him.

“I explained to Nahki [Wells] why I didn’t give him a start because, after he missed such a big part of pre-season, he is not able to recover in three days after the 65 minutes he played against Newcastle.

“I said to him he could make the difference when he comes on to the pitch. With a bit more luck he could have scored three goals. He’ll become fitter and fitter and he will be the Nahki Wells we had last season.”

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Huddersfield Town 1.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa).

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Andre Green (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Huddersfield Town 1. Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) with an attempt from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Michael Hefele replaces Chris Löwe.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Gary Gardner replaces Aaron Tshibola.

Attempt missed. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Andre Green.

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa).

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Andre Green.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Ross McCormack.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.

Attempt blocked. James Chester (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Nahki Wells.

Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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