Championship
Huddersfield3Norwich0

Huddersfield Town 3-0 Norwich City

Nahki Wells
Nahki Wells (left) forced two saves from Michael McGovern in the second half before scoring Huddersfield's third goal against Norwich

Three goals in seven second-half minutes gave Huddersfield a 3-0 win over Norwich which lifted the Terriers back up to third in the Championship.

Elias Kachunga nipped in after Norwich failed to clear a long ball to score his 12th goal of the season.

Aaron Mooy made it 2-0 with a low shot that beat Michael McGovern at his near post and Nahki Wells fired in a third underneath the visitors' goalkeeper.

Huddersfield are nine points behind Brighton with a game in hand.

Philip Billing had hit the post in the opening minutes for the home side and Wells struck the woodwork late on, although their three goals came at a time when Norwich - who remain nine points off a play-off place with six games to play - were having their best spell of the match.

However, the game turned when Canaries defender Ryan Bennett did not deal with Tommy Smith's hopeful pass forward and Kachunga outpaced his opponent before firing in first time past McGovern.

Huddersfield's victory ensured a successful return to action for midfielder Jonathan Hogg, less than three weeks after a neck injury which threatened to rule him out for the remainder of the season.

There were fears that Hogg had fractured his neck in the 4-0 loss at Bristol City on 17 March, but the initial diagnosis was proved incorrect and he was cleared to return to training at the start of April.

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner: "There is a long way to go but this is a big step towards a play-off position, and that's an unbelievable achievement for this club.

"I've said all along, but people don't believe me, that we don't feel any pressure. We are enjoying what we are doing. We are still the small dog Huddersfield Town. Look at our budget. We know where we have come from and we know how hard it is to win in the Championship.

"I am delighted about the performance all over the pitch. It was a totally deserved win and I am very proud of the players. We were poor against Bristol City but you try to learn and get better and we were unlucky to lose against Burton. Tonight we showed what we are capable of. The players trust each other and believe in what we are doing."

Norwich interim boss Alan Irvine: "We went from being in a promising position to caving in and that is something the new manager needs to address. have been frank with the players and they have said the same among themselves. We cannot cave in like this.

"It's a weakness of character that we've had this season and that must change. Alex (Neil) tried to solve that by changing the personnel because he thought it might be individuals, but it's throughout the team at the present time.

"Whoever comes in will make their own decisions. It appears to be clear what needs to be done but it's someone else's decision."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 44HefeleBooked at 42minsSubstituted forHudsonat 87'minutes
  • 26Schindler
  • 15LöweSubstituted forHolmes-Dennisat 83'minutes
  • 6HoggSubstituted forLolleyat 81'minutes
  • 8Billing
  • 9Kachunga
  • 10Mooy
  • 17van La Parra
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 5Hudson
  • 12Holmes-Dennis
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 16Payne
  • 18Lolley
  • 23Quaner

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 5MartinBooked at 36mins
  • 24Bennett
  • 15Klose
  • 2Whittaker
  • 27TetteyBooked at 10minsSubstituted forOliveiraat 71'minutes
  • 8HowsonBooked at 77mins
  • 17Wildschut
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forJo Murphyat 79'minutes
  • 7Naismith
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 9Oliveira
  • 18Mulumbu
  • 22Ja Murphy
  • 28Maddison
  • 31Jo Murphy
  • 35Godfrey
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
18,706

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 3, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 3, Norwich City 0.

Attempt missed. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Attempt saved. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

Attempt blocked. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nahki Wells with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Mark Hudson replaces Michael Hefele.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis replaces Chris Löwe.

Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yanic Wildschut.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Alex Pritchard.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right. Assisted by Elias Kachunga.

Booking

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Norwich City).

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 3, Norwich City 0. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rajiv van La Parra.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Alexander Tettey.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Norwich City 0. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Norwich City 0. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Yanic Wildschut (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle40266873334084
2Brighton40258767343383
3Huddersfield39235115044674
4Reading40227115550573
5Leeds402161352391369
6Sheff Wed401991251401166
7Fulham4017131069511864
8Preston4016131159481161
9Derby401611134640659
10Norwich40169156561457
11Aston Villa401512134239357
12Brentford40168166457756
13Barnsley401411155656053
14Cardiff401410165457-352
15Wolves39149165049151
16QPR40148184653-750
17Ipswich401116134248-649
18Birmingham401113164058-1846
19Burton401111184054-1444
20Nottm Forest40119205466-1242
21Bristol City40118215060-1041
22Blackburn40913184761-1440
23Wigan40810223249-1734
24Rotherham4045313390-5717
View full Championship table

Top Stories