Hud­der­s­field res­cue a point but Wag­ner fu­ri­ous with ‘ugly’ el­bow

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Premier League - By Mike Whal­ley at Turf Moor at­tack;

Some­times, the pain is worth the prize. Christo­pher Schindler would cer­tainly have felt that way as he nursed a sore head last night.

The Hud­der­s­field cen­tre-back (right) headed his first Premier League goal, and only Hud­der­s­field’s fourth of the sea­son, to se­cure their third point and lift them off the bot­tom of the table.

Yet it looked, for a few wor­ry­ing mo­ments, as if his af­ter­noon would fin­ish on a stretcher, as he suf­fered a nasty head wound af­ter be­ing caught by Sam Vokes’ fly­ing el­bow. Af­ter sev­eral min­utes of treat­ment, a blood­ied Schindler was able to com­plete the game. David Wag­ner, Hud­der­s­field’s head coach, de­scribed the chal­lenge as “ugly”. He added: “Op­po­nents have to have bet­ter con­trol over their bod­ies. This is not some­thing I like to see in foot­ball.”

That was not the game’s only talk­ing point. Sean Dy­che, Burn­ley’s man­ager, was fum­ing over a sec­ond-half dive by vis­it­ing striker Lau­rent De­poitre, who was booked for fall­ing un­der James Tarkowski’s chal­lenge on the hour mark, and was sub­sti­tuted al­most im­me­di­ately. “That is em­bar­rass­ing,” Dy­che said. “Re­mem­ber the blood in­ci­dent in rugby? Do you re­mem­ber the out­rage about that? Peo­ple dive all the time in the Premier League and no­body both­ers. It’s just ac­cepted. To­day was cringe­wor­thy.”

While Dy­che’s com­plaint was valid, it could not dis­guise the poor qual­ity of his team’s dis­play. They some­how led at half-time; Vokes jumped above Schindler from a stand­ing start to head in Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son’s cross af­ter 20 min­utes. Oth­er­wise, they spent a large part of the match on the de­fen­sive, not helped by some very poor dis­tri­bu­tion. The warn­ing signs were there in the min­utes be­fore Vokes scored; Ben Mee’s loose pass al­lowed Aaron Mooy to roll a square pass to set up Lau­rent De­poitre, but Tarkowski got across to block.

It was Tarkowski’s de­flec­tion on Alex Pritchard’s cross that just took the ball slightly be­hind De­poitre, who volleyed wide.

Pritchard was a lively pres­ence in the Hud­der­s­field mo­ments ear­lier, his lovely re­turn pass had played in Ra­jiv van La Parra, who steered well wide from a tight an­gle. It summed up the best and worst of Hud­der­s­field; fine build-up work let down by prof­li­gate fin­ish­ing.

It looked as if it would be an­other painful day for a team who have still yet to win this sea­son, and for the 165 sup­port­ers who had walked the 26 miles to Burn­ley for char­ity. That group, which in­cluded chair­man Dean Hoyle, set off from the club train­ing ground at 3am to raise money for the York­shire Air Am­bu­lance and the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, and to pay tribute to their Eng­land World Cup-win­ning full-back Ray Wil­son, who died in May.

“Our per­for­mances are good,” Wag­ner said. “I am con­fi­dent that we will get the points we need if we per­form like we have in re­cent weeks.”

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