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21 October 2023

Match Reports


21 October 2023

Town secure their first win under Darren Moore

- Huddersfield Town 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
- Goals from Kian Harratt and Jack Rudoni in the opening 15 minutes
- A first victory under Manager Darren Moore!

Town were victorious in the first game back at the John Smith’s Stadium after the international break, with goals in the opening 15 minutes from Kian Harratt and Jack Rudoni securing a first win under Manager Darren Moore!

Kian Harratt and Jack Rudoni got on the scoresheet against QPR inside the opening 15 minutes after a lightning start, and in the end they proved enough.

Within the opening few minutes we saw the sharpness of Delano Burgzorg as he worked well up against two members of the QPR defence, but he went down inside the box and the chance was missed as it was deemed not a foul.

Young striker Harratt, on just his fourth start for Town, then opened the scoring in the eighth minute, and it was a brilliant finish! Burgzorg did well to knock the ball wide to Rudoni whilst under pressure; Rudoni then squared the ball to the young forward, who had time to take a touch before he stuck the ball past Asmir Begović and into the back of the net.

This was followed by a second goal for the Terriers in the opening quarter of an hour as Jack Rudoni fired the ball home from the middle of the box after a great cross from Sorba Thomas on the side of the box. Credit to Ben Wiles, Matty Pearson, and Jonathan Hogg, who worked the ball well down the right to the Wales international.

QPR had their first dangerous chance of the game just after the 20-minute mark as Albert Adomah did well to keep the ball from going for a Town goal kick, but then his overhead cross has too much on it and it went over the free man waiting at the far post.

Five minutes later, QPR were awarded a corner after Kenneth Paal forced a block from Town as his shot was denied and the ball was sent over the bar.

Determined to get back into the game in the first half, Adomah had another shot from the edge of the box, but this was blocked by Tom Lees as another goal was denied.

In the final minutes before the break, QPR found their equaliser following a corner. Jake Clarke-Salter jumped high to head the ball past Lee Nicholls at the far post – giving the Hoops a boost before the break.

The second half continued in the same stalemate, but Michał Helik had to pull off an incredible clearance just short of the hour mark. A QPR free kick wasn’t properly cleared by Town and was then knocked onto the post before it was cleared off the line by Helik just before Sinclair Armstrong could fire it into the open net.

At times, Town worked well together and played the ball forward from the back. On one such occasion Harratt sent Burgzorg the ball just outside the box, but his shot didn’t have enough power behind it, and it was easily scooped up by the QPR ‘keeper.

The Hoops were awarded another corner in final 10 minutes and were very close to finding their equaliser, the corner found the head of Jimmy Dunne and went just over Nicholls’ bar.

In the final five minutes of the game, Town were awarded a free kick just outside the box, which second half substitute Yuta Nakayama stood over. The Japan international took the set piece direct and whilst the shot was on target, it was saved in the middle of the goal by Begović.

Despite the nervy ending, Town finished the game with the win and a first three points under Moore.

Town’s Team (3-5-2)
Lee Nicholls; Tom Lees (Yuta Nakayama, 82’), Michał Helik, Matty Pearson; Josh Koroma (Jaheim Headley, 66’), Ben Wiles, Jonathan Hogg (c), Jack Rudoni, Sorba Thomas; Kian Harratt (Brahima Diarra, 75’), Delano Burgzorg (Kyle Hudlin, 82’)

Unused Subs
Chris Maxwell, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Tom Edwards, Ben Jackson, Josh Austerfield

Kian Harratt (8'), Jack Rudoni (14')

Delano Burgzorg (47’), Yuta Nakayama (85’)

Gate - 18,010

Away Fans - 705

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