- Town beats Accrington Stanley 4-1 in friendly
- Aaron Mooy gets first game in behind-closed-doors match
- Elias Kachunga & Jack Payne among scorers
Aaron Mooy got his first run out in the blue and white stripes of Huddersfield Town as the Terriers defeated Sky Bet League 2 side Accrington Stanley in a behind-closed-doors friendly at PPG Canalside on Sunday afternoon.
As per the pre-season opener at Guiseley in the week, the players got 45 minutes apiece as David Wagner played two different elevens in each half – as did the visitors.
There were plenty of positives for Town’s Head Coach; his side won 4-1, Mooy was impressive on debut, new boys Elias Kachunga and Jack Payne got their first goals for the Club and everyone came out of the game unscathed.
There was no game time for newest recruit Jon Gorenc Stankovic as he gets up to speed in training following his transfer on Friday
Kachunga (pictured above) opened the scoring inside five minutes after a very bright start for the hosts, latching onto Sean Scannell’s low pass into the right edge of the penalty area and whipping a shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner.
Kyle Dempsey, playing as a number 10, had Town’s best chances of the half saved twice while the visitors hit the outside of the post before the interval.
Town’s dynamic second half side was too strong for Accrington’s second XI and could have had more than the three goals that followed.
Jack Payne hit the post from Mooy’s 54th minute through pass before Player of the Year Nahki Wells did double the advantage, beating the ‘keeper after being put through on goal by Harry Bunn.
It was 3-0 with 20 minutes left after Mooy found Wells on the edge of the box with an excellent reverse pass. The Bermudian’s touch set the ball perfectly into Payne’s path and he took one touch to take the ball into the penalty area before firing between the ‘keeper and the near post with his weaker right foot.
The fourth goal followed just three minutes later and came down the right side. Smith released Bunn into space with a fantastic pass down the line and Harry’s cross was perfect for van La Parra to sweep home from close range.
Accrington’s consolation goal was well taken with 10 minutes left, but there was still time for Southend Player of the Year Payne to produce a good save from the visiting stopper.
Town’s first-half team (4-2-3-1):
Luke Coddington; Chris Löwe, Dean Whitehead, Mark Hudson, Martin Cranie; Ivan Paurević, Philip Billing; Joe Lolley, Kyle Dempsey, Sean Scannell; Elias Kachunga
Town’s second-half team (4-2-3-1):
Joel Coleman; Jason Davidson, Christopher Schindler, Michael Hefele, Tommy Smith; Aaron Mooy, Jonathan Hogg; Rajiv van La Parra, Jack Payne, Harry Bunn; Nahki Wells
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