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Huddersfield v City: Talking Points

STALEMATE: It finished all square in Yorkshire

STALEMATE: It finished all square in Yorkshire

Observations from Man City's FA Cup fifth round tie with Huddersfield Town....

1 Limited opportunities

With both sides struggling to create any clear-cut chances, it was a relatively uneventful clash.

City’s best chance fell to Jesus Navas, whose low effort was cleared off the line by Mark Hudson, after Joel Coleman had thwarted Nolito.

Huddersfield did have the ball in the back of the net only for the goal to be disallowed for offside, and – like Coleman – Claudio Bravo was called into action on a couple of occasions, saving well.

Not one that will live long in the memory but most importantly, the Blues are still in the hat…

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2 Ringing the changes

It’s no secret both sides had more than one eye on their upcoming midweek fixtures.

City of course are in Champions League action with the visit of Monaco, whilst Huddersfield face fellow promotion hopefuls Reading.

The hosts made seven changes, leaving key names on the bench, and Pep Guardiola opted to do the same with eight amendments to the starting XI.

Both sides introduced their star men in the second half in a bid to snatch a victory, but the deadlock remained unbroken.

3 Rematch

It could be argued both sides could have done without a replay, with an intense and difficult run of fixtures approaching.

The two sides will meet again on Tuesday 28 February (8pm) to discover who will progress to round six.

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4 Crowd puller

Both sides may have fielded much-changed line-ups but that did not deter the fans.

With a vocal 24,129 in attendance, the encounter marked a stadium record for football.

The Terriers will receive an increased away allocation for the replay so expect another sea of blue and white.

5 Moving on…

City have little time to dwell on the draw with Monaco’s visit on Tuesday night.

It's likely those rested on Saturday will return as the Blues bid to gain an advantage heading into the second leg.

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