Huddersfield Town unite in praise for Scott Loach

Ipswich v Huddersfield: Disappointed James Vaughan heaped praise on Scott Loach for his stunning late penalty save.

The striker, on loan from Town’s bitter rivals Norwich City, looked like he would be getting the last laugh when he equalised from close range and then took the 83rd minute penalty.

But while there was nothing wrong with the spot-kick, Loach made a fantastic save to his right, deflecting the shot onto the inside of the post and bar before the ball rolled agonisingly across – and not – over the line.

An incensed Vaughan thought the ball had gone in and for a few minutes lost his head, getting booked for a late tackle on Andy Drury and getting into verbal skirmishes with both Drury and Tommy Smith.

But speaking after the game, the striker said: “I put it where I wanted it to go but the keeper made a great save.

“I am disappointed as I made a mistake that cost us two more points, but it was just one of those things.

“I thought the ball had crossed the line, but seeing the replays you can see it didn’t – the keeper just made a great save.”

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And Vaughan was not alone in the Huddersfield ranks for praising the Blues’ number one. Joel Lynch said: “Their keeper has done well with the penalty save and a few other saves.

“We kept ourselves in the game with some great defending as they had some good chances as well.

“We are upset we didn’t get the win, but we will take the point.

“It was one of those games when anyone could have won it. It is always harder playing away from home.”

Winger Danny Ward added: “It was a fantastic save from Vaughany’s penalty - we were unfortunate not to get the three points.

“For a neutral it was a great game. It went back and forth but we are pleased to get a point.”