Spoils are shared in dreary bat­tle against rel­e­ga­tion

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League - By Mike Whal­ley at John Smith’s Sta­dium

It is early in the sea­son to be so cyn­i­cal, but those who billed this meet­ing as a rel­e­ga­tion six-pointer look to have called it right.

This was a dread­ful, dreary af­fair fea­tur­ing two teams who, on this ev­i­dence, will surely be in­volved in a fight for sur­vival in the Premier League.

Bar­ring an ap­peal, Hud­der­s­field will have to do it for the next three games without cap­tain Jonathan Hogg, sent off mid­way through the sec­ond half af­ter a clash with Harry Arter.

Hogg locked heads with Arter be­fore he pushed the Cardiff mid­fielder to the ground fol­low­ing a cor­ner.

Arter said: “We came face-to-face and I felt there was too much force in his head. He doesn’t seem to be that sort of player, but there was some force be­hind it.”

David Wag­ner, the Hud­der­s­field man­ager, thought the red card was soft but added: “They are two ag­gres­sive play­ers and one was much more clever than the other. Un­for­tu­nately, the clever one was not my player.”

Cardiff re­main the only team in the Premier League without a goal and the only first-half threat came from Hud­der­s­field’s Ter­ence Kon­golo, who hit a 20-yard shot into the side net­ting.

The sec­ond half im­proved marginally and Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge was fi­nally in­volved as he dealt with an ex­cel­lent header by Steve Mounie.

Cardiff man­ager Neil Warnock said: “We dom­i­nated the last pe­riod and should have won.

“But if you get a point away from home in the Premier League, you can’t be down for too long.”

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