Report: Huddersfield Town 1-4 Wolves

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 11/02/2015
Wolverhampton Wanderers vanished their dismal record against Huddersfield Town and condemned the Terriers to their second successive home defeat with an impressive 4-1 victory at the John Smith's Stadium.Report: Huddersfield Town 1-4 Wolves

Nouha Dicko bagged a brace, former Town loanee Benik Afobe grabbed a goal on his first return to Huddersfield and Conor Coady scored an unfortunate own goal.

James Vaughan grabbed his fourth goal of the season but the fightback never came to fruition.

Town weren't as bad as the scoreline suggests, the visitors were simply too quick and strong, but the decision making in the final third at times was poor.

Wolves' pace going forward exploited Town's vulnerability at the back and the defence was offered little protection by the absence of Jonathan Hogg.

Chris Powell went for a 4-4-2 formation with Tommy Smith starting ahead of David Edgar while Ishmael Miller was given a full debut for the suspended Nahki Wells.

Duane Holmes was on the bench for his first inclusion in Town's matchday squad since August.

Wolves made two changes from the side that lost to Reading at Molineux on Saturday. Dicko and midfielder Jack Price came into the starting XI in place of Lee Evans and Dave Edwards.

Vaughan had two decent efforts inside the opening 10 minutes hitting one effort wide and forcing Tomasz Kuszczak into a save with a neat shot on the turn.

Sean Scannell's surging run caused havoc but his low drive was blocked and then Miller tested with the Wolves goalkeeper with a low shot from the edge of the area.

The warning signs were there about Wolves' pace going forward and they duly took the lead on 12 minutes.

Rajiv van La Parra's through ball caught the Town defence cold and Dicko raced on to the ball to fire under the body of Alex Smithies.

Afore hit a shot straight at Smithies but his theatrical falling on several occasions brought jeers from the Town supporters.

Referee David Webb was happy to oblige when the Wolves players hit the deck which saw Jacob Butterfield and Harry Bunn needlessly booked.

Vaughan should have done better with a header from Bunn's cross and Bunn himself then tested Kuszczak after being set up by Miller.

Mark Hudson's header landed on the roof of the net from Butterfield's corner and Kuszczak pulled off a fine save to deny Jack Robinson's effort that took a wicked deflection.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper keeper made sure his side had the advantage going into the break by pushing away Scannell's shot just before the half-time whistle.

The turning point of the match happened just a minute into the second half when Wolves doubled their advantage.

Bakary Sako's corner was diverted into his own net by Conor Coady at the near post.

Kuszczak stopped Town from pulling one back immediately as he tipped Butterfield's long range shot over the bar.

Danny Batth then denied Bunn with a smart block as the winger jinxed his way into the box but Wolves increased their on 61 minutes.

The visitors caught Town on the counter and although Smithies did well to block La Parra's shot, Afobe was on hand to tap the rebound into the net.

The Terriers pulled on back two minutes later when Scannell's surge down the right saw Vaughan fire into the net from the winger's low cross.

Scannell moved onto the left wing when Joe Lolley replaced Bunn with over 20 minutes remaining but he was less effective on the left flank and the Town attacks petered out.

Dicko rounded off Wolves' impressive win with his second goal of the night. The former Wigan striker rounded Smithies to score after being released by Afobe.


Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Hudson, Wallace (Edgar 88), Robinson, Scannell, Coady, Butterfield, Bunn (Lolley 68), Miller, Vaughan.
Subs not used: Allinson, Wright, Gobern, Holmes, Majewski.

Wolves: Kuszczak, Doherty, Batth, Stearman Hause, McDonald, Price, van La Parra (Edwards 78), Afobe, Sako (Golbourne 73), Dicko.
Subs not used: Flatt, Iorfa, Evans, Henry.

Referee: David Webb
Attendance: 11,834.


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