Juninho Bacuna cranked up the pressure on Stoke City manager Nathan Jones with a late winner for Huddersfield Town that leaves the Potters bottom of the Championship, without a league win in 16 games.

Jones conceded after the game that the owners had already given him “enough time” to “arrest the downward spiral”, going on to apologise for their poor form.

Bacuna, who was brought on as a substitute to give the Terriers a lift amid real Stoke pressure, handed new boss Danny Cowley his first victory and the club’s first in 20 matches.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, he scampered forward, played a one-two with fellow sub Adama Diakhaby and smashed the ball past Adam Federici, who had replaced England goalkeeper Jack Butland.

It was a cruel sucker-punch for a Stoke side that had enjoyed the majority of possession, without truly challenging Town keeper Kamil Grabara.

“We’ve shown a lot of resilience,” Terriers boss Cowley told BBC Radio Leeds. “When you do that you always give yourself a foothold in the game.

“The subs, I call them ‘game-changers’, they came on and gave us energy, athleticism and a really dynamic counter-attack.”

Jones admits responsibility for Stoke slide

Despite the Potters’ poor form, there was little poison from the Boothen End towards the beleaguered Jones, rather initial encouragement and then a slightly muted atmosphere prompted by the stagnant nature of the game.

Huddersfield have already moved to sack Jan Siewert and bring in the Cowley brothers after their slide down the table, and with 10 winless league games now gone – Stoke’s worst start to a season in 30 years – the Coates family ownership may also be considering their options.

Potters boss Jones took full responsibility for the slump which has seen just two points earned from a possible 30.

“Decisions have to be made, and I’ve tried to arrest the downward spiral and I’ve been unable to do that,” the 46-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke.

“They [the owners] have stuck by me unbelievably, they’ve given me enough time and I’m sorry I’ve been unable to repay them.

“Nothing has been said, but I’m not silly. We’re nowhere near where we need to be and I take full responsibility for that.”

Tension felt on the field

The former Luton Town boss had stated there was “no fear” about the pressure on his position at the Bet365 Stadium, but the tension did appear to affect players on both sides, as neither team looked comfortable and awry touches and off-target passes punctuated the play.

With the match often a battle for territory, Elias Kachunga’s sloppy effort wide in the first half was Huddersfield’s only shot on goal between kick-off and Bacuna’s strike.

Stoke fared only slightly better for all their second-half surges, with a dipping volley over the bar from Cameron Carter-Vickers and a skewed header from Joe Allen the best of their opportunities.

The Terriers remain in the relegation places, three points behind Reading in 17th, but are finally off the mark for the first time since their Premier League win over Wolves in February.

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 32Federici
  • 12Carter-Vickers
  • 6Batth
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 11McClean
  • 27B Ndiaye
  • 22ClucasBooked at 67mins
  • 8Etebo
  • 4AllenSubstituted forDuffyat 87′minutes
  • 19GregorySubstituted forPowellat 81′minutes
  • 7InceSubstituted forCampbellat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 2Edwards
  • 5Lindsay
  • 25Powell
  • 26Campbell
  • 31Duffy
  • 38Woods

Huddersfield

  • 1Grabara
  • 17SimpsonBooked at 65mins
  • 4Elphick
  • 26Schindler
  • 28Brown
  • 8ChalobahSubstituted forBacunaat 73′minutes
  • 6HoggBooked at 89mins
  • 9KachungaSubstituted forDiakhabyat 54′minutes
  • 39O’Brien
  • 16Grant
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forMbenzaat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 11Diakhaby
  • 18Mbenza
  • 24Mounie
  • 27Stankovic
  • 31Schofield
  • 33Hadergjonaj
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
20,372

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Huddersfield Town 1.

Attempt missed. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Danny Simpson.

Attempt blocked. Adam Federici (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jaden Brown.

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Peter Etebo (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrese Campbell with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mark Duffy replaces Joe Allen.

Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Nick Powell.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 0, Huddersfield Town 1. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Adama Diakhaby following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Nick Powell replaces Lee Gregory.

Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town).

Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Simpson.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Juninho Bacuna replaces Trevoh Chalobah.

Attempt missed. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross.

Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Booking

Sam Clucas (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Clucas (Stoke City).

Lewis O’Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Allen with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrese Campbell.

Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town).

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Isaac Mbenza replaces Fraizer Campbell.