Huddersfield Town produced the best result of the three West Yorkshire sides in action last weekend, with a shock 2-1 victory at home to Burnley. Bradford City drew away at Oldham Athletic, whilst Leeds United suffered defeat away at Blackburn Rovers.
Starting with the Terriers, though, and their 2-1 victory at home to the Clarets came as a shock result to many. Burnley had gone 12 games without defeat, in a run of form that saw them top the Championship table, whilst Huddersfield had gained just two wins in their last nine games. Oliver Norwood’s fantastic long-range strike put Huddersfield ahead 5 minutes after half-time, before James Vaughan’s penalty just before the hour mark doubled the lead for the hosts. Danny Ings grabbed a goal back for the visitors, but it wasn’t enough, as Huddersfield held on for an impressive win.
Huddersfield built on Saturday’s impressive performance with a win last night away to Bolton Wanderers. Despite being under a lot of pressure from the home side in the first half, goalkeeper Alex Smithies was in excellent form, denying both Andre Moritz and Matt Mills with superb saves. The Terriers, who had just one shot on target all game, made their chances count, and Oliver Norwood’s magnificent strike gave Mark Robins’ side the three points. Huddersfield have now won their last three games, and they sit 10th in the Championship table, just two points off Derby County in sixth place.
Bradford City drew away at in-form Oldham Athletic last weekend, missing out on the chance to move back into the play-off places. Nahki Wells grabbed yet another goal, his 14th of the season, but Oldham striker Jonson Clarke-Harris’ powerful strike just two minutes later got the home side back on level terms. Bradford goalkeeper Jon McLaughlan was in fine form, denying Korey Smith in the first half with a spectacular save. The result leaves Bradford eighth in the League One table, two points behind Rotherham in sixth place, but with a tricky run of fixtures to come, including games against Leyton Orient, Peterborough, and Rotherham.
Leeds United suffered defeat on Saturday away at Blackburn Rovers. The first half hour of the game was very even, with chances for both sides. Danny Pugh missed a glorious opportunity to put the visitors ahead, but his one-on-one effort was saved by Rovers keeper Jake Kean. Blackburn piled on the pressure towards the end of the first half, and this pressure led to the home side taking the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Tommy Spurr scoring. Despite chances for Rudolph Austin and the in-form Ross McCormack, United could not find a way back into the game, and defeat leaves them just outside the play-off places.