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30 Jul 2015
Poor game between two teams that lacked ideas to create scoring chances. At Deportivo, Pedro Mosquera debuted and Óscar García had to be replaced in the first half.

Víctor Sánchez chose to play with several B team members, more specifically four players that last season performed for Fabril. German Lux was the starting goalie, Laure performed at the right side of the defence, Saúl Fernández played on the left, while the centre-backs were Róber and Pablo Insua.

It was a 4-2-3-1 figure with Juan Dominguez and Medunjanin at midfield territory, Oscar García was attacking from the right wing, Óscar Corredera did it from the left, Miguel Cardoso was the playmaker and Luis Fernández was the centre forward.

The game against Deportivo was the penultimate test for Huddersfield Town FC; the team coached by Chris Powell is about to debut in the 2015/16 Championship season. The Terriers also unveiled their new kits before the kick-off.

Deportivo started the game better, with Juan Dominguez having the first chance to score for the Galicians. The locals gained impulse and had a couple of approximations, including the first shot on target in the game by Mark Hudson and that was saved by Lux (9’)

Then Cardoso scored a goal that was disallowed by offside after a pass by Luis (17’). Depor were looking good at the moment of passing the ball and with Corredera and Cardoso leaving some nice details, but later the team missed ideas to create chances.

The Terriers were close to surprise Depor through a couple of counterattacks, but they also missed more power in attack. The next chances for Depor was a direct free-kick that Medunjanin smashed into the barrier (32’) and an overhead kick by Luis that went off (35’).

Before ending the first half, Víctor ordered the first substitution and Juanfran replaced Óscar García, who felt sick and asked for the change. The Madrilenian performed as a right winger. Kyle Dempsey and Jason Davidson were the main threats at the local team, but Lux was never in danger.

For the second half Pedro Mosquera debuted at Depor replacing Medunjanin, the other modification was the entry of Fabricio for Lux. And just five minutes after the kick-off Arribas was replacing Róber.

The pace didn’t change for the second part and both teams were sporadically creating a chance to score.  Mosquera passed unnoticed in his debut with the team, Depor’s first chance in the half was a header by Arribas that didn’t represent a problem for substitute keeper Joe Murphy (54’).

At minute 54, great ball in from Juanfran on the right went into the path of Luis Fernández, but his header lacked power and was blocked by Joe Murphy. Three minutes later The Terriers had their best chance in the game. Jacob Butterfield delivered a cross into the penalty area in a free-kick action, but no one was able to push the ball in and went directly into the arms of Fabricio

At minute 65, Cardoso had a new chance to score, but his shot went over the bar. There were more changes for the last twenty minutes. Lopo, Navarro, Luisinho, Álex, Luis Alberto and Oriol Riera replaced Insua, Saúl, Cardoso, Juan Domínguez, Corredera and Luis Fernández.

Nothing more special occurred in what turned to be a boring game, the changes cooled a match that was already lacking offensive ideas. The UK tour will end on Saturday with Deportivo visiting Wales in order to face Swansea City in what should be the more demanding game of the pre-season.

Huddersfield: (3-5-2) Smithies (Joe Murphy 46’)  – Smith, Hudson (Joel Lynch 46’), Wallace – Scannell (Lolley 63’), Butterfield (Hammil 78’), Dempsey (Holmes 87’), Whithead (Hogg 63’), Davidson (Boyle 78’) – Hiwula (Bunn 63’) Wells.
Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Lux (Fabricio 46’) – Laure, Róber (Arribas 50’), Insua (Lopo 70’), Saúl (Navarro 70’) – Juan Dominguez (Álex Bergantiños 70’), Medunjanin (Mosquera 46’) – Óscar García (Juanfran 38’), Cardoso (Luis Alberto 70’), Corredera (Luisinho 70’) – Luis Fernandez (Oriol Riera 70’)
Referee: Andy Madley. He showed yellow card to Tommy Smith (40’)
Venue: John Smith's Stadium (4,633)



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