Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberan said a draw against Luton Town on Friday night in their Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final first leg was “probably a fair result”.
Danel Sinani put Huddersfield ahead before Sonny Bradley equalised for the Hatters. After going in level at half-time, Huddersfield dominated possession in the second half, but struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Corberan stated the importance of not losing the first leg at Kenilworth Road in what he described as a “demanding” 90 minutes against Luton.
“We were expecting that,” he said.
“If you play in a Play-Off game and don’t expect a demanding game, you are totally wrong. Now we’re going to have another demanding game at home where the pitch is a little bigger and we have our own fans, but I expect the demands and challenges to produce another equally balanced game."
The Terriers remain unbeaten against Luton this season as all attention turns to Monday night’s second leg at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“If I analyse the performance, they felt more comfortable than us in the first half and we felt more comfortable than them in the second half. In the second half we started to create more attacks and, even if we didn't create clear chances, it completely changed the feel of the game.
“It’s a positive step [to come back stronger second half] but I imagine they are going to adapt their shape and we need to find solutions to develop the ideas we were showing in the second half on Friday.
"We are now in exactly the same position as when we arrived in Luton. What we want to do on Monday is play another game of 90 minutes and the more we concentrate the more happiness we can give to our fans.”
‘It was really important we didn’t lose the game’ - Jones
Opposition manager Nathan Jones was delighted with his side’s first-leg performance and stressed the importance of not losing the game heading into Monday night’s second leg.
"We’ve come here, we haven’t lost the game and that was really, really important," he said.
“First half we were excellent, we should have got more from the half, but that’s the way it goes. They were probably better second half without getting the chances, controlled possession in the middle of the field and we struggled to deal with that. We struggled to get to that press, but first half I thought we were electric, I really did."
Luton were hopeful of making their home advantage count, but having fought back from a goal down, the Hatters are now just 90 minutes away from Wembley, with the tie finely poised ahead of their trip to the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday.
“Tactically both sides went at it and it just shows we’re a Championship side,” he added. “I thought we were really, really on top, and it was a wonderful football game. It’s a wonderful tie to go away at Huddersfield now.”
The sides meet again in Monday's second leg, with the winner facing Nottingham Forest or Sheffield United at Wembley on Sunday, 29 May for a place in the Premier League.