Huddersfield Town made four changes in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 setback at Blackpool, with midfielder Oscar Gobern making a first appearance in 10 matches in place of Boro old boy Jonathan Hogg.

Striker James Vaughan, still working his way back from a torn calf, was left on the bench after starting at Blackpool, with Danny Ward coming in.

Ollie Norwood took over from Keith Southern in midfield while Tommy Smith replaced Murray Wallace, but started right-back rather than centre-back in a four-man defence.

Both sides came into the contest struggling for goals, with Town having failed to score in three of their last four games and Boro nilled in each of their last five away trips.

Cue an eventful start, with both sides on target in the opening 10 minutes, and Town having another disallowed.

Gobern was heavily involved, pouncing on a loose pass by on-loan Chelsea man Nathaniel Chalobah to initiate a third-minute opener.

Norwood continued the move and picked out former Boro loan player Hammill, who advanced and calmly slotted low past keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

It was a great start for Mark Robins’ men, who conceded at the same stage last Saturday, but frustratingly, it didn’t last.

Boro’s equaliser was a real gift, with Gobern’s slack back pass leaving Alex Smithies horribly exposed and allowing Adomah to round the keeper and score.

It was a big blow for the home side, but they responded with spirit, and Wells had a goal chalked off for the second match running when he netted from Gobern’s pass but was ruled offside.

Boro midfielder Jacob Butterfield twice shot over but Town continued to press, and skipper Peter Clarke headed over from Hammill’s corner before Wells struck.

Gobern might have claimed the assist, but the goal was all the Bermudian’s work as he took possession wide on the right, cut in and curled the ball home left footed.

Huddersfield Town v Middlesbrough at the John Smith's Stadium. Nahki Wells is lifted by Adam Clayton as he celebrates town's second goal
Huddersfield Town v Middlesbrough at the John Smith's Stadium. Nahki Wells is lifted by Adam Clayton as he celebrates town's second goal
 

Ward wriggled through to test Konstantopoulos with a stinging shot soon after, then Clarke had a close-range effort scrambled away for a corner.

Then Ward sent in a sizzler from 25 yards, the ball flying narrowly wide, before Gobern was narrowly off target from distance.

Boro began the second half with former Peterborough man Lee Tomlin on for Chalobah, but Adomah was the name on the lips of the travelling fans.

The former Bristol City man got his side back on level terms just 90 seconds after the resumption, drilling in a 25-yard shot after pouncing on Norwood’s loose pass.

Once again Town pushed forward with Ward and Hammill probing away, but Boro were able to soak up the bulk of the attacks.

Town supporters were pleased to see Vaughan enter the action after 74 minutes, but less happy that Wells was the player to make way for the top scorer.

Penalty appeals at both ends were waved away, with Clarke’s tackle on Danny Graham ruled clean before Vaughan tumbled under Ben Gibson’s challenge.

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