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Huddersfield Town v Norwich City

5 April 2017


CITY's wretched away form continued as they were beaten 3-0 by Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

The hosts had the better of the opening half, with Philip Billing striking the woodwork early on as they were buoyed by a noisy home support.

David Wagner's promotion hopefuls were keeping the ball with more efficiency but lacked a cutting edge, Michael McGovern making comfortable saves from Aaron Mooy and Elias Kachunga.

City's main threat came with Alex Pritchard in possession and they had a goal disallowed when Cameron Jerome converted at the end of a counter-attack but was then flagged offside.

Nine minutes into the second half Nahki Wells spurned a clear chance to put the Terriers in front and City responded with their best spell of the game, Jerome having another goal chalked off for a push.

That was when the Terriers struck, however - once again City's defence failed to deal with a long ball and Kachunga slotted calmly past McGovern to break the deadlock on 66 minutes.

A swift move forward four minutes later led to Mooy burying a second, leaving City's hopes of picking up a result vanquished.

They added a crushing third just three minutes later when Wells burst into the box, completing another miserable 90 minutes on the road for the Canaries.

Alan Irvine made three changes from the weekend defeat at Aston Villa, with two of them enforced following Ivo Pinto's red card and Graham Dorrans' injury.

Timm Klose returned to the starting eleven as captain Russell Martin moved to right-back, while Yanic Wildschut and Steven Naismith came in to operate off the flanks.

Jacob Murphy dropped to the substitutes' bench, where he was joined by youngsters James Maddison and Ben Godfrey.

Pritchard's stinging drive and Jerome's disallowed flick had given City a foothold in the game for the first time in the second half.

Wagner was considering changes for Huddersfield but his side suddenly took the lead - though the goal was once again a gift from Norwich City's defence.

Ryan Bennett and Michael McGovern hesitated to clear and Elias Kachunga was the beneficiary this time, slotting confidently beyond the visitors' helpless goalkeeper.

The bulk of the Sky Bet Championship midweek programme was played out on Tuesday, so City started the game knowing that a win would move them to within six points of the play-offs.

Their chances of making the top six all but evaporated, however, and at the close of the night's action they sat in tenth place in the table.

GOALS: Terriers: Elias Kachunga (66), Aaron Mooy (70), Nahki Wells (73)

: Ward; Smith (c), Hogg (Lolley 78), Billing, Kachunga, Mooy, Lowe (Holmes-Dennis 83), van La Parra, Wells, Schindler, Hefele (Hudson 87). Subs not used: Coleman (GK), Cranie, Payne, Quaner.

: McGovern; Martin (c), Bennett, Klose, Whittaker; Tettey (Oliveira 71), Howson; Wildschut, Pritchard (Jo. Murphy 79), Naismith; Jerome. Subs not used: Ruddy (GK), Mulumbu, Ja. Murphy, Maddison, Godfrey.

REFEREE: Christopher Kavanagh

City are quickly back in action with Reading the visitors to Carrow Road on Saturday, and tickets are now on on general sale. For all the details and to buy, click HERE.

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