Town beaten at home
- Huddersfield Town 0-3 AFC Bournemouth
- Terriers beaten at home
- Town now go into the international break
Huddersfield Town fell to their first home defeat since November 2021 on Saturday afternoon, being beaten 0-3 by AFC Bournemouth.
A dominant performance from the visitors, resulting in a trio of goals, saw the Terriers unable to pull anything back at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Cherries got out of the blocks fastest, forcing Lee Nicholls into a stop in only third minute. The ball fell kindly to Dominic Solanke, but our no.21 was down smartly to parry it away from danger.
A minute later, Town had a chance of their own as Wardy came close from a corner. The striker almost had a tap-in, but Bournemouth managed to scramble it clear.
The 10th minute saw Solanke try his luck again, but his looping header crashed against the crossbar.
Bournemouth’s pressure paid off nine minutes later, with Jaidon Anthony opening the scoring. Solanke picked out Anthony, who finished low past Nicholls.
Town had a chance to equalised as the clock showed 25 minutes player, but Harry Toffolo’s volley from inside the box went over.
The Cherries doubled their lead in the 31st minute. Solanke was played through and saw his shot well saved by Nicholls, but Town were unable to clear, seeing it fall to Lerma who sent a left-footed half-volley into the back of the net.
The game settled for the remainder of the half, with neither side able to find any clear-cut chances.
The second half saw the visitors score almost instantly after the restart. Solanke finally got his goal, latching onto a low ball into the box from former Town man Phillip Billing.
Billing tried his own luck 10 minutes later, but Matty Pearson put him under pressure, seeing him trickle a tame effort into Nicholls’ hands.
Town’s first chance of the half came in the 58th minute. A nice move from Town saw Ward set second half substitute Josh Koroma down the left, before cutting back in to claim the ball and see his right footed effort gathered by Mark Travers.
Once again, the game settled, with the visitors remaining the more dominant side.
The final minute of injury time saw Thomas test Travers with a curler from the edge of the box, but the visitors ‘keeper was able to get it away.
Town now go into the international break – they’ll be back in action when they travel to Hull City on Friday 1 April 2022.
Town’s Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Lee Nicholls; Harry Toffolo, Tom Lees (Levi Colwill, 46’), Matty Pearson, Ollie Turton; Lewis O’Brien, Jon Russell; Duane Holmes (Tino Anjorin, 69’), Danel Sinani (Josh Koroma, 52’), Sorba Thomas; Danny Ward
Jamal Blackman; Pipa, Jordan Rhodes, Carel Eiting