Match Report - Burnley 2-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 02/11/2015
Two first half goals from Burnley striker Andre Gray was enough to give the Clarets the win and continue their run of form while giving Huddersfield Town their second successive defeat.Match Report - Burnley 2-1 Huddersfield Town

Gray, the club's record £9 million signing from Brentford, put the home side in front early on before adding another just before the break.

A late own goal from Michael Duff gave Town a consolation after some late pressure from Chris Powell's men.

The Terriers rallied late on but it was too little too late and their poor first half display cost them dear.

It took until the 76th minute for Town to register their first effort on target.

Powell made two changes by dropping Nahki Wells to the bench in favour of Jamie Paterson, while Mustapha Carayol came on for the injured Sean Scannell.

Sean Dyche named an unchanged XI after his side bagged a derby win over Blackburn Rovers the previous weekend thanks to a single goal from former Town midfielder Scott Arfield.

The Terriers saw plenty of the ball in the opening minutes as Harry Bunn saw a shot deflect away for a corner, but the home side were in front on 12 minutes when Joel Lynch brought down Gray inside the box.

Gray took the penalty himself and despatched past Jed Steer in the Town goal.

Town could have got back into it straight away when Paterson played through Ishmael Miller but the big striker lashed the ball wide of the goal.

Steer held on to a shot from Sam Vokes while good work from Joey Barton and Gray saw George Boyd bring a smart save from the on-loan Aston Villa goalkeeper.

Gray's pace was a constant threat and there were no surprises when he doubled Burnley's lead two minutes before the break. Vokes teed up Gray who beat Steer at his near post with a low drive for his sixth goal in nine games since joining the Lancashire outfit.

Town again were seeing plenty of the ball in the second half but again couldn't do anything with it when it mattered as Miller shot wide on the turn just after the break.

Burnley always looked the more dangerous going forward as Michael Keane headed on to the bar from a corner.

Miller was brought off on 59 minutes to cheers from the away end to be replaced by Wells before Kyle Dempsey replaced Carayol.

The two subs save fresh impetus and Wells went close as his hooked volley flew just over the bar.

Burnley stopper Tom Heaton did well to parry the ball away as Emyr Huws fired in a low effort from the edge of the area, but Town did grab a goal back two minutes before the end when Duff converted Dempsey's cross into his own net.


Burnley: Heaton, Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee, Boyd, Jones, Barton, Arfield, Vokes, Gray (Long 87).
Subs not used: Gilks, Lowton, Kightly, Taylor, Hennings, Ward.

Huddersfield Town: Steer, Cranie, Hudson, Lynch, Davidson, Carayol (Dempsey 72), Whitehead (Bojaj 90), Huws, Bunn, Paterson, Miller (Wells 59).
Subs not used: Murphy, Holmes, Billing, Boyle.

Referee: Oliver Langford
Attendance: 16,749.


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