Caltex Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy made a timely return from injury overnight as Huddersfield Town were held to a frustrating scoreless draw in the English Premier League.
After missing the Terriers’ last three matches due to a knee injury, Mooy started and got through 69 minutes for David Wagner’s side at the John Smith’s Stadium.
In a frustrating night for the hosts, Swansea’s Jordan Ayew was sent off inside 10 minutes for a shocking challenge on Jonathan Hogg but they couldn’t make the most of their man advantage.
Mooy did go close to setting up the breakthrough just before the break, with his delightful cross headed just past the post by Steve Mounie.
Englishman Tom Ince struck the post for Huddersfield in stoppage time but Swansea held on for a dogged 0-0 draw.
Incredibly, Town recorded 30 shots on goal and enjoyed more than 80% of possession throughout the contest.
Swansea failed to register a single shot in the match, just the third time a team in the EPL has not recorded an attempt on goal since 2003/04.
The stalemate leaves the Terriers in 15th spot on the EPL ladder, four points clear of the relegation zone with eight games remaining.
Huddersfield boss David Wagner felt his side deserved more from the game but admitted the point could prove crucial at the back end of the season.
“You have to separate the performance and the result. I think we created enough chances to win this game. We kept a good balance behind the ball and the last time we played overload against Bournemouth we looked weak, but today we looked strong,” Wagner told Huddersfield Town TV.
“This is of course frustrating that we didn’t have three points, but how we performed and created chances was good, we hit the bar and the post. You cannot ask for much more, sometimes you need luck and the football god has to be on your side, today this wasn’t the case.
“At the end, I think this could be a crucial point. The supporters pushed us and were unbelievable, they were very patient and in the end you can take a lot of positives from this game.”