Huddersfield Town 2-2 Stoke City: Neil Warnock bows out as Terriers boss with draw

Huddersfield Town 2-2 Stoke City: Neil Warnock bows out as Terriers boss with draw

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Huddersfield Town 2-2 Stoke City: Neil Warnock bows out as Terriers boss with draw

Neil Warnock celebrates the Huddersfield equaliser
Neil Warnock had to settle for a Huddersfield equaliser to end his second successful reign as Terriers boss

Neil Warnock had to settle for a point in his final game as Huddersfield Town boss as the Terriers were held at home by Stoke City.

But, despite having taken an early lead, Huddersfield had to come from behind to do so.

Warnock’s latest departure from a managerial post had been announced on Monday – and Huddersfield’s American owner Kevin Nagle revealed on social media before kick-off that the appointment of his replacement is imminent.

Warnock, who first managed Huddersfield in their third-tier days 30 years ago, when he led them to promotion, leaves with the Terriers 16th in the Championship, although his real work was done last season when he saved the club from relegation back to the third tier.

It looked like it would be a really special farewell when Matty Pearson headed home a Sorba Thomas free-kick on 31 minutes.

But, just two minutes later, the Potters were level when Daniel Johnson lashed in after Tyrese Campbell’s shot had been saved.

Stoke had not previously scored an away league goal this season in three attempts – at Ipswich, Millwall and Norwich.

Just past the hour, however, they had a second when deadline-day loan signing Sead Haksabanovic crossed for defender Ben Wilmot to head home.

But, just six minutes later, the Terriers were level when Stoke failed to clear their lines from Ben Jackson’s corner and Jack Rudoni swivelled six yards out with a low left-foot shot which found the back of the net.

Matty Pearson celebrates the opening goal of the night at Huddersfield
Matty Pearson celebrated the opening goal of the night at Huddersfield

Who’s next?

Huddersfield’s next game is at Coventry next Monday night, when the 16th-placed Terriers clearly hope to have their new man in charge.

Owner Nagle said that it would be announced “in the coming days”.

Stoke’s next game has also been moved for live television purposes.

Alex Neil’s side, who are now 19th, will host high-flying Hull City on Sunday in a 12:00 BST kick-off.

Daniel Johnson's Stoke equaliser was the Potters' first away from home this season

Kevin Nagle on Neil Warnock

Huddersfield owner Nagle paid his own personal tribute to Warnock on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, prior to kick-off.

“One of the first things I learned when I purchased the team was how special Neil was to the supporters and the community,” he said. “And when I finally was able to get over there and see him in action, I saw exactly why.

“As soon as the ink dried on the purchase, there was so much to get done, and so little time. I knew right away asking Neil to stay on and guide us through the transition would check the most important box: stability on the pitch.

“The plan was always for Neil to guide the ship until we had a chance to conduct a thorough search for someone to manage the club long-term. We knew more than anything the club and supporters deserved the right person for the job, not a rushed decision.

“That time has come. And, in the coming days, you will be introduced to the next chapter in that part of the story, but today is Neil.

“To honour a man who has done so much for the club. It has been my pleasure to get to know and work with Neil over these last few months. Whatever praise he receives is a fraction of what he deserves.”



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Nicholls
  • 4Pearson
  • 5Helik
  • 33Nakayama
  • 3RuffelsSubstituted forHeadleyat 45′minutes
  • 23Wiles
  • 18KasumuSubstituted forEdmonds-Greenat 39′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 8RudoniBooked at 77mins
  • 14ThomasSubstituted forJacksonat 45′minutes
  • 22HarrattSubstituted forBurgzorgat 45′minutes
  • 10KoromaSubstituted forDiarraat 89′minutes


  • 2Edmonds-Green
  • 7Burgzorg
  • 11Diarra
  • 12Maxwell
  • 15Headley
  • 26Jones
  • 27Hudlin
  • 30Jackson
  • 32Lees


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Travers
  • 23McNally
  • 5Rose
  • 16Wilmot
  • 2Gooch
  • 28Laurent
  • 6BurgerBooked at 72minsSubstituted forWesleyat 86′minutes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 77mins
  • 12Johnson
  • 20HaksabanovicSubstituted forBaeat 73′minutes
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forGayleat 78′minutes


  • 11Gayle
  • 13Bonham
  • 15Thompson
  • 18Wesley
  • 21Jojic
  • 22Bae
  • 24Tchamadeu
  • 27Léris
  • 35Lowe

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