‘Just as Norwich began to gain a foothold Town’s nerves were quelled’: The Huddersfield Daily Examiner gives its take on Norwich City’s defeat against Huddersfield Town
PUBLISHED: 11:38 06 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:24 06 April 2017
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Norwich City endured more Championship away day misery with a 3-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town. Here’s what the opposition’s media had to say about yesterday’s game at John Smith’s Stadium.
“The performance ensured the rest of their play-off rivals knew Huddersfield Town were back to their very best,” is the message Huddersfield Town players sent out after their 3-0 victory, according to The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
And when it came to Norwich’s performance, reporter Blake Welton wrote:
Normal service was resumed for David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town as they put on an emphatic John Smith’s Stadium performance in front of the SKY cameras against Norwich City.
“Town dominated from the start but were made to wait for the victory as a combination of Canaries stubbornness and a failure to take their chances thwarted them in the opening exchanges.
“But once the deadlock was finally broken by Elias Kachunga in the 66th minute, there was no looking back as Aaron Mooy and Nahki Wells made sure of the victory with two further goals in quick succession.
“The victory moves Wagner’s men back into third in the SkyBet Championship table and although an automatic promotion spot may arguably be out of the question, the performance ensured the rest of their play-off rivals knew Huddersfield Town were back to their very best.
“Wagner made four changes to the side which lost at the weekend to Burton Albion with the main team news being the welcome return to the starting line-up of midfield enforcer Jonathan Hogg.
“The 28-year-old made a rapid recovery from a neck injury sustained at Bristol City just over a fortnight ago, replacing the suspended Dean Whitehead at the heart of the Huddersfield midfield.
“Philip Billing also came into the centre of the field in place of Jack Payne with the other two replacements being forwards Kachunga and Wells in for Joe Lolley and Collin Quaner.
“With the change of personnel came a slight tactical tweak as Mooy was pushed further up field to occupy the No.10 position with Billing lining up alongside Hogg in the centre.
“And it was the Danish youngster who could have opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute - neatly sidestepping his marker before his curling effort from the edge of the area hit the post.
“Urged on by a vociferous home support, Town started with intensity and purpose, moving the ball around quicker in the final third than was evident just a few days earlier and once again could have taken the lead on the 15th minute.
“Canaries keeper Michael McGovern did well to deny Kachunga’s header from close range after a Rajiv van La Parra cross as Town continued to dominate their Norfolk visitors.
“Unsurprisingly, Town’s frenetic pace dropped as half-time approached but they were still dominating proceedings without finding the much-needed breakthrough their performance warranted.
“And there was a warning sign at the other end as Norwich had the ball in the back of the Town net after a quick breakaway from a Town corner but to the relief of the home faithful it was ruled out for offside.
“The second-half again began with Wagner’s side once again in the ascendancy as Wells wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring when put through one-on-one with McGovern but the Bermudian fluffed his lines from Mooy’s sumptuous put through.
“Just as Norwich began to gain a foothold in the game and the home fans began to be a little restless, nerves were quelled as Town finally broke the deadlock in the 66th minute.
“Brilliant vision from Tommy Smith found Kachunga perfectly, who latched onto the full-back’s long ball to place it past McGovern with aplomb.
“The floodgates were open and Town quickly doubled their advantage to send the home fans into raptures – Mooy playing a clever one-two with Wells in the box before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
“The John Smith’s Stadium was rocking and the decibels went up another notch just minutes later as Wells made it three, slotting past McGovern after good work from van La Parra.
“Town were rampant and arguably could have added more to their tally – Wells particularly unlucky to rattle the post from a narrow angle after combining well with Kachunga.
“But with hindsight all that mattered was the victory after two disappointing defeats but it certainly will taste even sweeter by the overall performance in which it was achieved, as cries of ‘Ole, Ole’ rang out from a buoyant crowd at full-time.