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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Bermuda English Professional Footballers Updates

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NAHKI WELLS

Nahki Wells starts his return game at Hudderfield on the bench for Burnley, while Wells former manager David Wagner has made three changes to his starting line-up.

Huddersfield brought a remarkable year to a close by extending their unbeaten Premier League run to four matches after a goalless home draw against Burnley.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche sent on former Town striker Wells in the 79th minute, making just his second Clarets appearance since crossing the Pennines in the summer.

Two of the top flight's surprise packages this season showed typical endeavor but ultimately cancelled each other out, while Burnley were left to rue a controversial second-half penalty decision which went against them.

Huddersfield have ended 2017 in 11th place in their first season in the Premier League, having lost only one of their last five matches, and Burnley remain in seventh - now seven points adrift of the top four - after one defeat in their last six.

Clear-cut chances were hard to come by at both ends as two well-organized sides with similar attributes and short-comings struggled for a cutting edge.

Burnley were first to threaten after the restart, but Arfield was forced to rush his shot after he had charged into the area and Jonas Lossl comfortably saved.

Huddersfield were given a let-off in the 61st minute when Jonas Lossl appeared to trip Jeff Hendrick in the area.

Referee Paul Tierney, well-placed to make the correct judgement, dismissed Burnley's frenzied appeals for a penalty and instead awarded a goal-kick, while video replays clearly showed Lossl had made contact with the Irish midfielder.

Huddersfield enjoyed more possession as the game entered the final quarter, but were still unable to make much headway against a Burnley defense expertly marshalled by center-half Ben Mee.

But Huddersfield finished the stronger. Substitute Joe Lolley was involved in most forays forwards and his cross after a swift counter-attack evaded everybody in the area.

Wells almost stole the show in the closing stages, beating Mathias Jorgensen to Barnes' knockdown, but his scuffed effort from six yards was well blocked by Jonas Lossl to ensure a stalemate.

REGGIE LAMBE

Reggie Lambe starts for Carlisle United in their home match against Coventry City.

United's final fixture of 2017 was for the visit of Coventry City to Brunton Park on a wet and wintry Saturday afternoon.

The Blues were unchanged for their fourth consecutive fixture having built up a good head of steam through the festive period.

Lambe wasn't too far away in the first half when he turned inside, beat the tackle and went for the top corner as United turned up the first half heat. The volley had purpose but it flew just past the angle of post and bar.

Coventry were gifted the only goal of the game just five minutes into the second half when a lobbed ball forward was allowed to bounce by Clint Hill. Marc McNulty couldn't believe his luck as he had the time and space he needed to pick his spot.


 
 
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