Postponements and the FA Cup weekend meant only Huddersfield Town played on Saturday, but they pulled off an impressive 2-1 victory away at Birmingham City.
Huddersfield got off to a great start when Danny Ward’s lob found Oliver Norwood, who finished well to give the Terriers the lead after just 10 minutes. The rest of the first half was quite scrappy, with no real clear-cut chances for either side, but Birmingham could have, and maybe should have, grabbed an equaliser 10 minutes after half-time, when Man City loanee Emyr Huws’ strike went straight at Alex Smithies, from the edge of the penalty area. The Terriers doubled their advantage soon after, with Adam Clayton’s wonderful strike. Clayton struck the ball from 30 yards out, dipping perfectly over Birmingham keeper Darren Randolph, and into the back of the net. Birmingham pulled one back in injury time through Olly Lee, but the win for Huddersfield sees them sit 7 points off the play-offs, in 13th place.
Tuesday night saw Bradford City take on Port Vale, searching for their first win in 13 games, and they got it through a fantastic Carl McHugh header in the dying minutes of the game.
City, who had only won one game in the previous 21 in the lead-up to this game, dominated early procedings. Adam Reach was impressive on the left flank, and his crosses into James Hanson were causing plenty of problems for the Port Vale defence. Hanson and McLean both headed wide, before at the other end, Rory McArdle cleared a header off the line. It was Bradford who dominated the game going into half-time, and they continued that dominance in the second half. Despite all their efforts, City could not find a winner, but they came very close with 15 minutes to go, when Reach struck the post with a good effort. It was looking like City would continue their poor form, until an injury time corner from Gary Jones met the head of Carl McHugh, and the Irishman’s header was too powerful for Port Vale keeper Chris Neal. Victory for the Bantams sees them lie 11th in the League One table.