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Huddersfield Town 2-1 Brentford

Sean Scannell
Sean Scannell has scored two goals in 20 appearances for Huddersfield so far this season

Sean Scannell marked his 100th Huddersfield Town appearance with a goal to help end Brentford's five-game winning run.

Scannell met a low Nahki Wells cross to score from a tight angle, while home keeper Alex Smithies denied Alan Judge and Jake Bidwell at the other end.

Bidwell found the back of his own net after the break, turning in a fiercely hit Jack Robinson cross.

Jonathan Douglas pulled one back with a prodded effort, but the hosts held on.

Huddersfield's first victory in five games moves them up to 15th in the Championship, while Brentford slip back to fifth and four points off top spot after failing to add to their club record-equalling run of five wins in English football's second tier.

Huddersfield end winless run
Victory against high-flying Brentford comes 35 days days after their last win. Since beating Nottingham Forest 3-0 at home on 1 November, the Terriers lost at Derby County, Fulham and Bolton, and shared the spoils with Sheffield Wednesday at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Bees started brightly with Douglas glancing a header wide from a Moses Odubajo cross and Smithies was called on to make a fine save to keep Judge's deflected effort out.

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Warburton on Huddersfield defeat

Scannell punished the visitors for their inability to deal with Wells' neatly pulled back cross from the near post on 18 minutes, racing in to lash home after Grant Holt failed to reach the ball.

Smithies protected the lead by denying Bidwell, who latched onto the rebound from Mark Hudson's block on Alex Pritchard.

Both sides continued to threaten before half-time, with Jacob Butterfield calling Bees keeper David Button into action, while Pritchard twice went close for the Londoners.

Bidwell, under pressure from Scannell, then bundled the ball into his own goal after Robinson whipped in a dangerous cross.

Wells wasted two glorious chances to make it three before Douglas got on the end of a pass from substitute Tommy Smith to make it 2-1.

Button also denied Wells from point-blank range, while Smithies made a number of crucial late saves to ensure Chris Powell's men claimed all three points.

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell: "I thought we played exceptionally well, there was a real intensity to our play.

"We were quite brave against a team that was going well and for 80 minutes it was a really good performance. In the last 10 minutes they put us under pressure.

"It was hairy-scary at times but that's the Championship for you."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton: "Goals really do change games and we have to be more clinical.

"This group of players has great character and we got the goal back but it just didn't happen for us.

"They defended valiantly and their keeper made some good saves."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27Smith
  • 4HudsonBooked at 40mins
  • 15Wallace
  • 17Robinson
  • 7Scannell
  • 10Coady
  • 6HoggBooked at 84mins
  • 8Butterfield
  • 21WellsSubstituted forVaughanat 78'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 16HoltSubstituted forDixonat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dixon
  • 5Gerrard
  • 9Vaughan
  • 11Ward
  • 12Hammill
  • 31Allinson
  • 37Peltier

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6DeanBooked at 79mins
  • 5CraigBooked at 42mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8DouglasBooked at 86mins
  • 20DiagouragaSubstituted forSmithat 69'minutes
  • 21Pritchard
  • 17ToralSubstituted forDallasat 52'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19GraySubstituted forProschwitzat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 15Dallas
  • 16Bonham
  • 23Jota
  • 24Smith
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 39Proschwitz
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
13,038

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home18
Away22
Shots on Target
Home8
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Brentford 1.

Hand ball by Nick Proschwitz (Brentford).

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Paul Dixon replaces Grant Holt.

Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Delay in match Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Coady.

Booking

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Booking

Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. James Vaughan replaces Nahki Wells.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Stuart Dallas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town).

Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Grant Holt (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Brentford 1. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Nick Proschwitz replaces Andre Gray.

Offside, Brentford. Alex Pritchard tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

goal

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