Huddersfield 3 Norwich City 0

PUBLISHED: 21:38 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 00:19 06 April 2017

Cameron Jerome had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half.

Cameron Jerome had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half.

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Norwich City crashed to a pathetic 3-0 Championship defeat at promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.

It was dejection all round, yet again for Norwich City's players away from Carrow Road as they slipped to a comprehensive defeat at Huddersfield
. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesIt was dejection all round, yet again for Norwich City's players away from Carrow Road as they slipped to a comprehensive defeat at Huddersfield . Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

City’s defensive generosity was again evident at the John Smith’s stadium with Elias Kachunga, Aaron Mooy and Nahki Wells cashing in during a damaging eight-minute spell midway through the second half to inflict a 12th away league defeat on the sorry Canaries.

Alan Irvine restored Timm Klose to central defence and switched Russell Martin to right back in an expected positional shuffle to deal with the absence of suspended duo Ivo Pinto and Mitchell Dijks. Klose last featured prior to Alex Neil’s departure in a 5-1 Championship hammering at Sheffield Wednesday in early March. Yanic Wildschut made his first start under Irvine’s temporary control with Jacob Murphy omitted from the XI. Murphy was joined on the substitutes’ bench by his twin, Josh, along with James Maddison and Ben Godfrey. Youssouf Mulumbu also made a rare appearance in the matchday squad but Wes Hoolahan was not risked after picking up a thigh injury prior to the international break.

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner restored fit-again midfielder Jonathan Hogg to his team and Wells was preferred to Collin Qauner up front as the promotion-chasing Terriers looked to pick up a first win in three.

Town’s vibrant start belied the nervousness around the John Smith’s prior to kick-off after those recent stumbles. Dangerman Tommy Smith squared up Steven Whittaker before rolling in Peter Billing, who thumped a strike against the outside of Michael McGovern’s far post.

Alan Irvine took charge of his fourth match in interim charge of City.Alan Irvine took charge of his fourth match in interim charge of City.

Rajiv Van La Parra burst free on the opposite flank but his angled cross lacked the direction to trouble the Canaries. The pace and intensity of Huddersfield’s work again brought into sharp focus the difficulties encountered too often by Norwich in this gruelling Championship campaign. Wagner’s men looked sharper and quicker in both deed and thought during the early sparring.

That vulnerability was perfectly illustrated when Alex Tettey desperately halted Mooy to earn a 10th minute yellow card.

Alex Pritchard’s first team exposure has been one of the few bright spots in recent weeks. The big-money arrival from Tottenham performing with an urgency and desire that hints at a young man keen to lay down a marker to the new regime for next season. The midfield general tested Danny Ward with a snapshot from the edge of the area the home keeper claimed at the second attempt.

Irvine had pinpointed the Terriers’ potent threat in wide areas and there was further evidence of that when McGovern clawed out Kachunga’s far post header.

Yanic Wildschut returned to the starting line-up for City.Yanic Wildschut returned to the starting line-up for City.

But City gradually managed to establish a degree of parity across midfield, with the precision of Huddersfield’s early work beginning to wane. Yet there was none of the potency that typified their best attacking work in a wretched campaign. Wildschut burst past Chris Lowe but ran the ball out of play to blow a position of promise. Cameron Jerome was able to take the ball in but his distribution was too often sporadic. Mooy checked onto his right but curled a shot over McGovern’s bar at the opposite end in the midst of a prolonged lull in productivity from both sides.

Kachunga, the man who struck a match-winning brace in the reverse fixture at Carrow Road, tried to move through the gears with a penetrative burst inside Whittaker but the final effort lacked any venom.

Huddersfield-bred Jerome did bundle the ball home in the 38th minute but Irvine’s celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee’s flag for apparent offside as he ranged onto Tettey’s low cross.

The quality threshold continued to drop alarmingly after the interval from each side but Wells spurned a superb chance to nudge Huddersfield in front when he raced free but McGovern guessed correctly to kick his guided shot away. The Northern Irishman denied Wells again from long range as the desperation from the terraces for a breakthrough appeared to transmit itself to Wagner’s men.

Alex Tettey picked up a 10th minute yellow card at Huddersfield.Alex Tettey picked up a 10th minute yellow card at Huddersfield.

But that desire to commit men forward created space on the counter for the Canaries to exploit. Pritchard’s trickery earned a free kick that dropped invitingly for Wildschut, who miscued wildly.

Pritchard brought Naismith’s drilled pass under his spell but Ward was fully behind the low shot as the Terriers’ were forced back for a sustained spell. But that routine vulnerability to Norwich’s defensive work re-surfaced in the 65th minute when the indecisive Bennett was brushed aside by Kachunga who raced onto Smith’s raking pass to coolly slot into McGovern’s bottom right-hand corner.

Norwich’s backline parted again in the 70th minute to allow Mooy to twist his way through a posse of defenders to guide a strike past McGovern before Wells rifled underneath McGovern to complete a devastating burst.

Nelson Oliveira and Josh Murphy were introduced in the midst of the carnage but it was Wells who rattled the bar again with McGovern beaten.

Jonathan Hogg is closed down by City's Jonny Howson.Jonathan Hogg is closed down by City's Jonny Howson.

• Huddersfield: Ward, Smith, Hogg (Lolley 81), Billing, Kachunga, Mooy, Lowe (Holmes-Dennis 83), Van La Parra, Wells, Schindler, Hefele (Hudson 87). Subs (not used): Coleman (GK), Cranie, Payne, Quaner.

• Booking: Hefele (foul on Naismith, 42)

Elias Kachunga of Huddersfield Town celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017Elias Kachunga of Huddersfield Town celebrates scoring his sides 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

• Goals: Kachunga (66), Mooy (70), Wells (73)

• Norwich: McGovern, Martin, Bennett, Klose, Whittaker, Tettey Oliveira (71), Howson, Wildschut, Pritchard (Josh Murphy 79), Naismith, Jerome. Subs: (not used): Ruddy (GK), Mulumbu, Jacob Murphy, Maddison, Godfrey.

Alexander Tettey of Norwich looks dejected as the Huddersfield players celebrate their side’s 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017Alexander Tettey of Norwich looks dejected as the Huddersfield players celebrate their side’s 1st goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

• Bookings: Tettey (foul on Mooy, 10); Martin (foul on Van La Parra, 35); Howson (foul on Van La Parra, 77)

• Time added on: 2 minutes / 3 minutes

The traveling Norwich fans look on as their side capitulate at John Smith's Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe traveling Norwich fans look on as their side capitulate at John Smith's Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

• Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Lancs)

• Attendance: 18,706

Cameron Jerome of Norwich puts the ball in the net for a second time but it is also disallowed for an earlier foul on Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield Town during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017Cameron Jerome of Norwich puts the ball in the net for a second time but it is also disallowed for an earlier foul on Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield Town during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

Cameron Jerome of Norwich puts the ball in the net for a second time but it is also disallowed for an earlier foul on Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield Town during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017Cameron Jerome of Norwich puts the ball in the net for a second time but it is also disallowed for an earlier foul on Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield Town during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

The Huddersfield players celebrate victory with their fans at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017The Huddersfield players celebrate victory with their fans at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

Russell Martin and Jonny Howson applaud the hardy souls who traveled to support Norwich City at Huddersfield, following their defeat. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesRussell Martin and Jonny Howson applaud the hardy souls who traveled to support Norwich City at Huddersfield, following their defeat. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Nelson Oliveira of Norwich and Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017Nelson Oliveira of Norwich and Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

Nelson Oliveira of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017Nelson Oliveira of Norwich has a shot on goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

Nelson Oliveira of Norwich and Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017Nelson Oliveira of Norwich and Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

Cameron Jerome of Norwich puts the  ball in the net but the Cameron Jerome of Norwich puts the ball in the net but the "goal" is disallowed during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

Jonathan Hogg of Huddersfield Town and Alex Pritchard of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017Jonathan Hogg of Huddersfield Town and Alex Pritchard of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

The Huddersfield fans during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017The Huddersfield fans during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

Alex Pritchard's expression says it all, as Norwich City concede the first of three goals at Huddersfield. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesAlex Pritchard's expression says it all, as Norwich City concede the first of three goals at Huddersfield. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The traveling Norwich fans look dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017The traveling Norwich fans look dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

The traveling Norwich fans look dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield
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05/04/2017The traveling Norwich fans look dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 05/04/2017

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