A night of dominance proved fruitless for Stoke City as Juninho Bacuna’s late second half strike proved enough to secure the three points for Huddersfield Town. The Terriers, who offered little throughout the 90 minutes had to withstand plenty of pressure as the Potters searched for their first win of the season. In fact they came to stay in the game and hope for a chance.
Peter Etebo, Joe Allen and Lee Gregory all had chances which could have proved crucial come the final whistle, but it was the visitors who departed North Staffordshire with the points.
The Terriers should have taken the lead with just five minutes on the clock when James McClean’s slip allowed Elias Kachunga some space, but he scuffed his effort wide from Karlan Grant’s cross.
Most of the first period played out with neither side creating any clear opportunities and both sides not wanting to give anything to the opposition, the Potters were getting into some good areas without testing the visitor’s ‘keeper Kamil Grabara.With 25 minutes left to play at the bet365 Stadium, Etebo was in the thick of the action once again, but his double effort was crowded out by the Terriers’ defence.
Jones’ side were still pushing for that all important goal when Gregory flicked the ball wide after more outstanding work from Etebo down the right-hand side.
But despite the Potters dominance it was Huddersfield who snatched the points with eight minutes remaining.
Substitute Adama Diakhaby broke away and found Juninho Bacuna who rifled the ball beyond Federici.
City pressed for the equaliser with time running out, but they couldn’t find it to claim a share of the spoils.
The defeat left Nathan Jones and his side in deep trouble.