MATCH FO­CUS

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

Good day: Chris Lowe

■ One of Town’s most re­li­able per­form­ers in last sea­son’s pro­mo­tion suc­cess, the Ger­man left-back has made the step up from the Cham­pi­onship in im­pres­sive fash­ion. He did make one late mis­take that handed Saints a chance, but oth­er­wise he was ex­em­plary with the 15thminute tackle on Steven Davis very much de­serv­ing to be filed in the goal-sav­ing cat­e­gory.

Bad day: Nathan Red­mond

■ The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional was a threat through­out but he re­ally should have cap­i­talised on at least one of the two gilt-edged op­por­tu­ni­ties that came his way. The first of those misses was prob­a­bly the worst, Red­mond hav­ing just Jonas Lossl to beat af­ter be­ing played clear by Davis only to shoot just past a post.

Key mo­ment: ‘91st minute’

■ Shane Long, a big threat af­ter be­ing brought off the bench, teed up Ryan Ber­trand with a great chance but his header was cleared off the line by Town cap­tain Tommy Smith with Lossl beaten. De­feat would have been harsh on the hosts but, with­out Smith, the Saints would have been re­turn­ing south with all three points.

Ref watch: Stu­art At­twell

■ In­censed James Ward-Prowse by turn­ing down his ap­peal for a penalty fol­low­ing a clash with Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jor­gensen but the of­fi­cial had a good game. Tried to keep the play flow­ing and was also keen to have a quiet word with play­ers who trans­gressed rather than get­ting out his cards. At­twell also re­fused to fall for the theatrics of Red­mond and Oriol Romeu when the pair rolled around fol­low­ing per­fectly le­gal tack­les.

Ver­dict

■ A good, solid point for Hud­der­s­field, who are still find­ing their feet among the elite. Southamp­ton were much tougher op­po­nents than ei­ther Palace or New­cas­tle but Hud­der­s­field matched them tackle for tackle and shot for shot. Saints be­gan and ended pro­ceed­ings on top but the Ter­ri­ers bossed in be­tween those two spells and a draw was a fair re­sult.

Quote of the day

When I watch sport and see the un­der­dog, I shout, ‘Come on’. That is why the neu­trals maybe sup­port Hud­der­s­field.

David Wag­ner be­lieves the wider foot­ball public are be­hind his Hud­der­s­field side.

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