Carlos Corberan bemoans lack of communication in Huddersfield Town loss

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN head coach Carlos Corberan was left to bemoan his side's inability to protect a lead - an Achilles heel in previous spells of this season - as the Terriers failed to secure a milestone victory against an upwardly-mobile Reading side, who triumphed 2-1 at the John Smith's Stadium.

Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberan.
Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberan.

Fraizer Campbell's fifth goal of the campaign - a powerful sixth-minute header from Isaac Mbenza's centre - provided Town with the perfect start in their quest to record a sixth successive league win on home soil, something they last achieved in October 2003.

But the Royals - blessed with strong options on the bench and the presence of returning top-scorer Lucas Joao on the pitch - produced an impressive second half to turn the tables on Town with a deadly double from the ex-Sheffield Wednesday player inflicting a first home defeat upon the hosts since November 3.

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Town pushed for a leveller with Mbenza spurning two chances, but it was not their day.

Corberan said: “We didn’t defend the result as well as we had to today.

“There was a lack of coordination for the equaliser and when that happens, you will pay a lot against this quality of opposition.”

“The team started the game really well, scored the goal, and we had possession in the opposing half.

“In the second half of the first half, they took control without creating lots of chances. Their clear chance was the set piece right at the end.”

"We didn’t give them any free players at the start of the second half. But we missed a clear counter attack, and then the lack of communication they drew level.

“That gave them more confidence and they scored again.

“We knew Reading are a dangerous team with the ball and sometimes their midfield runners pushed us back so we couldn’t counter attack.”