Southampton 1 Huddersfield Town 1: Alex Pritchard ensures Terriers avoid further ignominy

Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is fouled by Huddersfield Town's goalscorer Alex Pritchard, left, during the 1-1 draw at St Mary's Stadium (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire).
Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is fouled by Huddersfield Town's goalscorer Alex Pritchard, left, during the 1-1 draw at St Mary's Stadium (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire).
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Relegated Huddersfield Town avoided equalling the record for most defeats in a Premier League season by coming from behind to draw at Southampton.

Nathan Redmond’s thunderous first-half strike left the rock-bottom Terriers in danger of suffering a 29th top-flight loss to cap a miserable campaign.

But a mistake from Saints goalkeeper Angus Gunn allowed Alex Pritchard to equalise 10 minutes into the second period and earn Town their first point on the road in four months. Head coach Jan Siewert’s side, whose return to the Championship was confirmed six weeks ago, could have been two goals down at that point as James Ward-Prowse rattled the woodwork from distance minutes earlier.

Huddersfield turned the St Mary’s away end luminous yellow by handing out free shirts to all travelling fans as a reward for their support during a challenging season.

Town won only three league games in 2018-19 and had collected the most recent of their previous six away points in a goalless draw at Cardiff on January 12.

There was a party atmosphere among those from West Yorkshire, but the Terriers’ generosity almost extended on to the pitch with 12 minutes played as Premier League debutant Joel Coleman made a mess of clearing Danny Ings’s through ball.

Goalkeeper Coleman, who spent part of the season on loan at League One Shrewsbury, raced out of his area and hit the ball against team-mate Jon Gorenc Stankovic, leading to Shane Long lobbing narrowly off target from distance.

Southampton’s fans were frustrated by a lack of end product for most of the opening period.

Aftre the break Ward-Prowse’s thumping 25-yard effort was tipped on to the crossbar by the fingertips of Coleman as the hosts pushed to seal a ninth victory since the December appointment of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

However, Huddersfield had other ideas and capitalised on Gunn’s error of judgment to level minutes later.

England Under-21 goalkeeper Gunn dawdled on a pass from Ryan Bertrand, allowing the alert Pritchard to nick the ball and slot into the unguarded net for his first goal since November.

Southampton, who secured their safety in their previous home game a fortnight earlier, had little response to being pegged back, although Ings perhaps should have done better with a free header that was blocked behind.

Slovenian Stankovic, who made that crucial intervention, could have earned a surprise win for the visitors, but his header from Pritchard’s corner bounced into the turf and over.

Southampton: Gunn, Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu (Sims 84), Hojbjerg, Redmond, Long (Targett 46), Ings (Austin 76). Unused substitutes: Armstrong, Lemina, Jones, Forster.

Huddersfield Town: Coleman, Smith, Stankovic, Schindler, Kongolo, Mooy, Bacuna (Daly 66), Hogg, Pritchard (Mounie 86), Ahearne-Grant, Mbenza. Unused substitutes: Lossl, Kachunga, Diakhaby, Duhaney, Rowe.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).