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Huddersfield Break Hearts in Cup

12 August 2014

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An unbelievable visiting comeback saw Huddersfield turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 extra time win in the Capital One Cup first round.

Chesterfield couldn’t continue their winning start to the season as they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Huddersfield in an eight goal thriller that saw Nahki Wells score the first hat-trick of the new season.

Ritchie Humphreys, Ollie Banks and Eoin Doyle had scored goals that seemed to have won it for the Spireites, until the Terriers scored deep into added time. 

The Spireites started well and created the first clear chance of the game, Gary Roberts putting Doyle through on goal but his shot was wide of the target.

With just over half an hour gone the game came alive. Daniel Jones found space on the left wing and whipped a ball into the box which found Humphreys, who guided his headed effort past Joe Murphy and into the bottom corner to give Chesterfield the lead.

Huddersfield were looking dangerous and kept Tommy Lee busy with efforts from Wells and Danny Ward but it was the home side who went further in front when substitute Ollie Banks picked up the ball on the left and then unleashed a shot from around 25 yards out that curled into the top corner of the Huddersfield goal to make it 2-0 at half time.

The visitors refused to be beaten though and with almost an hour gone Irish international Oliver Norwood found Wells in the area and the former Bradford man headed past Lee for his first of the night.

Wells was at it again not long after. Having found himself through on goal he attempted to go around the goalkeeper but was forced wide and could only find the side netting.

With just 18 minutes of normal time to go Chesterfield looked to have settled the game. Roberts picked up the ball on the left and dribbled past the Huddersfield defence before unleashing a powerful shot which Murphy could only deflect into the path of Doyle, giving him a tap in from two yards out which he duly took to make it 3-1 to the Spireites.

However Huddersfield were not done yet. Wells once again found himself in space in the box but he blazed his shot over the bar from a few yards out when he looked certain to score. He was granted a chance to make amends though when Tendayi Darikwa brought down Jon Stead in the box. Wells stepped up and rifled his penalty into the back of the net to give the visitors hope.

And their persistence was rewarded in extra time as a tame shot by Stead squirmed underneath Lee and trickled into the back of the net to force extra time.

From then on it was all Huddersfield. Five minutes into extra time Wells latched on to a shot from Stead and claimed his hat trick before a defensive mistake by Darikwa allowed Joe Lolley to find the back of the net and condemn Chesterfield to their eighth straight first round exit from the Capital One Cup.


Chesterfield: Lee (gk) - Darikwa, Evatt (c) Hird, Jones - Ryan (Gnanduillet, 96'), Morsy, Humphreys (Banks 43'), Boco (Johnson 56'), Roberts - Doyle

Subs not used: Chapman (gk), Raglan, Dawes, O’Shea.

Huddersfield: Murphy (gk) - Dixon, Norwood (Hammill 81'), Scannell (Majewski 66'), Coady, Ward (Lolley 86'), Stead, Wallace, Wells, Smith, Peltier (c)

Subs not used: Smithies, Hogg, Crooks, Lynch


Chesterfield: Humphreys 32', Banks 45', Doyle 72' 

Huddersfield: Wells 58' 85' 95', Stead 90', Lolley 98'

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