Huddsf’ld 0 – 1 Burnley

Vincent Kompany enjoyed a winning start to life as Championship manager as his new side Burnley beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the 2022/23 Sky Bet EFL season opener.

The Manchester City legend replaced Sean Dyche at Turf Moor in June after three years at Anderlecht and watched debutant Ian Maatsen coolly sweep away the opener after just 18 minutes.

The Terriers – who were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the play-off final 61 days ago and lost head coach Carlos Corberan earlier this month – struggled to gain a foothold in the game and, although they kicked into high gear after the break, were unable to muster a single shot on target.

Vincent Kompany won his first competitive game in charge of Burnley

Later, Scott Twine nearly netted his first game against Burnley since a £4m move from MK Dons with a trademark free-kick that dived and shook the woodwork but, in the end, a single goal was enough.

How the Kompany era got off to a perfect start

Kompany didn’t promise miracles ahead of his return to English football and made it clear that his Burnley players would need time to adapt to a new division and a new way of thinking. Priced at 9/1 to win the title before kick-off, they weren’t seen as immediate favourites, either.

But the way they started at John Smith’s Stadium suggested otherwise. The Clarets were aggressive in possession, their movement on the pitch smooth, their passing fast and crisp.

The visitors should have won a penalty when Tom Lees slid past Ashley Barnes as he collected a neat ball from Josh Cullen, but after Cullen and Barnes closed over the next few minutes they took a well-earned lead. deserved when Maatsen picked up the remains after his own pass into the box and stroked the ball past Lee Nicholls.

Nicholls was quickly called into action to stop Connor Roberts from close range as Burnley looked to quickly double their lead, before Dara Costelloe struggled to connect with a loose ball at the edge of the six-yard box .

Huddersfield looked nervous in the rare moments they crossed the halfway line and missed the influence of Lewis O’Brien and Harry Toffolo – who both joined Forest this month – leading to loud boos at the break.

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Scott Twine is so close to making it 2-0 for Burnley with a great free kick, but he hits the post!

Danny Schofield rallied his troops enough to turn the tide a bit afterwards, with Sorba Thomas able to show glimpses of the creative streak that served his team so well last season, while the introduction of Tino Anjorin and Jack Rudoni saw the hosts up the tempo of the game.

They had nothing to show for it, however, and were almost punished when Twine hit the woodwork late, with the Clarets walking away with the first three points of the campaign.

Man of the Match – Josh Cullen

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Josh Cullen and Ian Maatsen reflect on a brilliant night for Burnley as they put on a dominant display in their 1-0 win over Huddersfield.

Sky Sports’ Andy Hinchcliffe:

“If you’re wondering why Vincent Kompany brought Josh Cullen to Burnley from Anderlecht, it’s for performances like this, with the control he brought to this game. He was aggressive on and off the ball. . An exceptional start.”

And after?

Huddersfield travel to St Andrew’s to take on Birmingham at 7.45pm on Friday August 5, in a match live on Sky Sports Soccer, while Burnley return the next day, when they host Luton at 3pm at Turf Moor.

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