The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

A DUD of a match was en­livened by a rocket from Ross Wal­lace, a goal wor­thy of win­ning any match, but Hud­der­s­field man­ager David Wag­ner is jus­ti­fied in count­ing him­self a lit­tle un­for­tu­nate.

His Ter­ri­ers car­ried about as much threat as a se­dated poo­dle. But for 50 min­utes they con­trolled the tempo, flat­tened the crowd and set Wed­nes­day’s play­ers ques­tions they sim­ply could not an­swer.

Only a red card and a won­der­strike masked the home side’s lack of pen­e­tra­tion and Car­los Car­val­hal will hope the ar­rival of Sam Win­nall in­jects a bit of life into his at­tack. But the Owls’ dogged per­sis­tence is a good sign, and it is hard to see any­one dis­lodg­ing them from the top six.

Hud­der­s­field, too, will take heart. Wag­ner’s gripes are prob­a­bly hol­low – Payne was late and both goals rightly stood – but the Ter­ri­ers played well enough for 50 min­utes to sug­gest that Wed­nes­day won’t be the only team sti­fled to death dur­ing the run-in.

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