Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberan won't dwell on Yaya Sanago penalty miss

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN head coach Carlos Corberan refused to dwell on Yaya Sanogo missing a gilt-edged chance from the spot to crown an encouraging first start for the club with a goal on an 'if oniy' night after play-off chasing Cardiff City.

Huddersfield Town head coach Carlos Corberan makes his point in Friday night's home game with Cardiff City. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

The Frenchman continued Town's profligacy from 12 yards after becoming the third player to fail to convert a penalty this season when he saw his poor effort flash wide in the 73th minute of this 0-0 draw.

That moment was compounded by further late misses from Pipa and Fraizer Campbell as Town spurned the chance of becoming the first side to beat Cardiff on their Championship travels in 2021.

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But Corberan insists he was incredibly heartened by developments on a night when Town showed character and fight against one of the division's real form horses, who came into the game on the back of an outstanding ten-match unbeaten streak under Mick McCarthy, who revealed after the game that he was keen on signing Sanogo before Town stepped in

Huddersfield came as close as anyone to beating Cardiff under the 62-year-old Yorkshireman, in his 1,000th game in club management, but had to settle for a point.

Town are six points above third-from-bottom Rotherham United, but have played three games more.

He said: "Yaya has scored penalties at Toulouse, and it is a shame that he didn’t score for the team, and after the performance he put in tonight.

“He needs more minutes to reach his level, but tonight was a big step in the right direction.

Cardiff arrived here having scored a lot of goals, and they’re the best team at attacking set pieces. This wasn’t easy for the team, but every player - from the goalkeeper to Yaya - showed a lot.”

"The performance was fantastic and the team competed really well. (Although) inn the first half we could have been better.

"We had more clear chances than them, we defended their set pieces well and we felt we could go for three points.

"It's a pity we didn't get them.

"We are fighting in the bottom half of the table and our commitment is to fight every game and it will be a challenge.

“I still have to really value the effort that the players put in to get this point.

“Our commitment is to fight in every one of the last 11 games.”