Saturday saw all three West Yorkshire sides suffer defeat by a single goal, with Leeds losing at Wigan, Huddersfield losing at home to Bolton, and Bradford City losing at home to Oldham, whilst Tuesday night saw an away defeat for Leeds United at Watford, and Huddersfield losing at home to Ipswich.
On Saturday, Leeds United lost 1-0 at high-flying Wigan Athletic. The home side dominated the first half, and their dominance led to the opening, and only goal of the game, on 33 minutes. Skilful play from James McArthur led to Martin Waghorn receiving the ball on the edge of the box, and the striker produced a low shot that went past Jack Butland and into the net. Leeds did improve after the restart, with Ross McCormack’s curling effort the best of the chances that the visitors had, but they could not find a way through.
Leeds’ poor form continued on Tuesday night as they went down 3-0 at Watford. Almen Abdi opened the scoring for the home side on 9 minutes, before Ikechi Anya’s header doubled their lead on 32 minutes. New Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was at Vicerage Road to watch the game, but his new side were outclassed and outplayed from start to finish. Troy Deeney made it 3-0 in the second half, but Leeds were lucky it stayed at only 3-0, with Jack Butland making a string of saves to keep the scoreline somewhat respectable. Leeds’s poor run has seen them drop to 16th in the Championship table.
Huddersfield Town lost 1-0 at home to Bolton Wanderers, conceding a goal in injury time. Both sides had chances to win the game, but a combination of poor finishing and good defending saw none of them taken by either side. Oscar Gobern and Danny Ward were both denied by Adam Bogdan, whilst Bolton felt aggrieved not to receive a penalty when Alex Smithies brought down Jermaine Beckford. However, Joe Mason’s drilled shot in the 92nd minute gave Bolton all three points.
Tuesday night saw no improvement for the Terriers, who are bottom of the form table, with 2 points from their last six games, as they lost 2-0 at home to Ipswich. Paul Anderson got the visitors off to a great start on 6 minutes, when his effort beat Alex Smithies. Daryl Murphy doubled their lead on 33 minutes, and that was how the game finished. Huddersfield rarely threatened Ipswich, and Mark Robins needs to see an improvement in his side’s performances, as they now sit 17th, and seven points above the drop zone.
Bradford City lost 3-2 to Oldham Athletic, in a lacklustre performance. Nearly 15,000 were at Valley Parade to see this game, and the big crowd’s first taste of action was when James Wesolowski latched onto a rebound, to put the visitors ahead. Fifteen minutes later, Matthew Dolan’s inch-perfect pass found Adam Reach, who then finished well to equalise for the Bantams, but Oldham went in at half-time in the lead, when Jonson Clarke-Harris scored in first half stoppage time. Clarke-Harris made it 3-1 on 58 minutes, and Oldham were in control. Gary Jones scored deep in injury time to make the score 3-2, but in truth Oldham were much the better side, and deserved the three points.