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Huddersfield’s Jon Russell scores with audacious lob; tempers flare after penalty miss

Huddersfield’s Jon Russell scores with an audacious lob before tempers flare after a penalty miss in the game against Luton on Monday.

The Terriers moved to third in the Championship table as they overcame their playoff rivals in an edgy game at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The hosts took the lead just before the hour mark when Russell expertly lobbed in following Pipa’s short throw-in.

10 minutes later, Hatters striker Elijah Adebayo saw his spot kick graze the post and go wide, then Luton and Huddersfield players had to be separated after pushing and shoving played out.

Kal Naismith, Fred Onyedinma and Sorba Thomas was booked following the melee that followed Naismith pushing Lewis O’Brien to the ground.

Naby Sarr headed home Huddersfield’s second goal of the night with injury time approaching, coming off the bench to wrapped up a huge victory for the hosts as the Luton defence failed to pick up the defender as he worked his way into the box.

Carlos Corberan’s side are now four points behind second-placed Bournemouth – though have played two games more – while Luton stay fifth, two points above seventh-placed Blackburn with five games to play.

Huddersfield’s Carlos Corberan: “I think it was a very equal, very balanced game and in these games, the details can be the difference.

“Today, in my opinion, they were in our favour, which allowed us to win that game, plus the mentality of the team was very good and the defensive level of the team was high, too.

“Every game that we are going to play from now until the end of the season is going to be crucial; every game that we have played since the international break we knew would be crucial, too.

“Our mentality is game-by-game. Every time we are thinking of the future, we need to be focused in the present.

“From tomorrow, we know we have to start our recovery, analyse the game and then start to prepare for the game against QPR, that we know will be another very challenging game.

“We need to use every single day, every single time and every opportunity to be ready to face the next game in the best way we can.”

Luton’s Nathan Jones: “First of all, credit to Carlos and Huddersfield.

“I thought they sat off, wanted to soak up pressure and hit us on the counter-attack because they know the threat we have.

“But I thought we tried to push constantly to try and win the game so I know we’ve lost the game, but I thought, at times, we were excellent.

“They have scored a real freak goal, which has broken the deadlock; we were excellent and then we switched off for a corner.

“It could be one of the best things to happen to us, actually.

“I’m proud of my team for the way we went about it, for where we are in everything and there’s a lot to play for.

“We’ve got five games left and it is going to be a barnstorming finish.

“If we stop a little bit of the naive defending, which has cost us tonight, then we’ll have a chance.

“There’s a lot to play for and it’s going to be an exciting end.”

Twitter users reacted as Huddersfield’s Jon Russell scores with his audacious lob and tempers flare after that penalty miss…


@NZTerrier: Class finish from Jon Russell ⚽ #htafc….. If thats Messi or Salah people are drooling #UTT

@JtotheCthatsme: Said it before and I’ll say it again, Russell makes everything look so easy! #HTAFC

@Marcus_htfc: Jon Russell destined for the very top #htafc

@louorns: What a finish that is from Jon Russell

@Kloppista_LFC: Jon Russell that is incredible! Can’t believe he’s just scored that!

@john_angood: Worldie Jon Russell #htatc

@LeeAirborne: Pick that out… 👌



@PaulWri08391440: Carn’t stop watching it😎

@Steve_Bee21: Russell wow their keeper had no idea! #htafc


@d_greenleaf82: Hope someone floored that little weasel in the tunnel.

@BuntingsWorld: And that is why, as a ref, NEVER take your eye off the penalty box after a missed penalty!!!

@ScottPurdue8: The state of referring in the Championship is cause for concern.

@GavHTFC: Absolutely no bottle this ref. Naismith should be off.

@Lambypie_: Naismith is a red card all day, absolutely disgusting behaviour @efl #htafc

@sam_james1994: Championship refs strike again #htafc

@Elz14Xx: Sorry but that should have been a red #htafc

@Carlos_1982: Naismith for Luton should have got a red card, how can you only give a yellow for that, disgraceful what he did #HUDLUT #htafc

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