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Huddersfield Town 3-2 Preston North End

Elias Kachunga
Elias Kachunga's first-half equaliser was his 13th goal of the season in all competitions

Huddersfield's faint hopes of automatic promotion were boosted as Collin Quaner's stoppage-time winner surely ended Preston's bid for a top-six spot.

Quaner slotted in on the rebound on 96 minutes after Aaron Mooy's penalty was saved by Preston keeper Chris Maxwell.

North End led through Aiden McGeady's swerving shot but Elias Kachunga headed level for the hosts from a corner.

Jack Payne nodded Huddersfield into a second-half lead before Jordan Hugill's header got the visitors back on terms.

Defeat left the visitors 11 points below the top six with just four matches remaining, after wins for Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham.

Huddersfield controlled the early stages but fell behind to Preston's only shot of the first half, as McGeady's sweet, swerving strike found the top corner.

The hosts were deservedly back on terms when Kachunga headed in at the far post after Maxwell failed to claim a left-wing corner.

A draw seemed likely after Payne and Hugill's headers, but Huddersfield - who had controlled possession - grabbed victory in dramatic circumstances late on.

The penalty was awarded for an off-the-ball incident that saw Hugill booked for a clash with Kachunga, and Quaner was quickest to react to the rebound to net his first league goal for Huddersfield.

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner:

"That sums up what we have seen from the team this season.

"When one player makes a mistake another one steps forward. That's what we are all about.

"It was one heck of a win. It was pure entertainment with a happy end for us. It was a fantastic performance."

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"I have spoken to the players and the referee [about the penalty decision] and seen it on DVD and it's clear that Jordan didn't push him. It was a very poor refereeing decision.

"I don't go to see a referee very often but I do when I feel I have a genuine complaint. It's a more than disappointing decision.

"The referee says he has pushed him and stamped on him but he must have decent vision to see that."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 44Hefele
  • 26Schindler
  • 15LöweBooked at 58mins
  • 6Hogg
  • 8BillingSubstituted forPayneat 36'minutesSubstituted forHudsonat 90+8'minutes
  • 9Kachunga
  • 10Mooy
  • 17van La Parra
  • 21WellsSubstituted forQuanerat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 5Hudson
  • 7Scannell
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 16Payne
  • 23Quaner

Preston

  • 22MaxwellBooked at 90mins
  • 2VermijlBooked at 61minsSubstituted forBrowneat 89'minutes
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forSpurrat 17'minutes
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 61mins
  • 3Cunningham
  • 14McGeady
  • 4PearsonBooked at 58mins
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forHorganat 74'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 25HugillBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 7Horgan
  • 8Browne
  • 9Makienok
  • 10Beckford
  • 17Spurr
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
21,254

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home14
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 3, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 3, Preston North End 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Mark Hudson replaces Jack Payne.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 3, Preston North End 2. Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Chris Maxwell (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Huddersfield Town. Elias Kachunga draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) after a foul in the penalty area.

Jack Payne (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Foul by Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town).

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Alan Browne replaces Marnick Vermijl.

Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Collin Quaner replaces Nahki Wells.

Attempt missed. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Payne.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daryl Horgan with a cross.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Preston North End 2. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Daryl Horgan replaces Paul Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Preston North End 1. Jack Payne (Huddersfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Rajiv van La Parra tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elias Kachunga.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Aiden McGeady (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Marnick Vermijl.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton42278771353689
2Newcastle42267975363985
3Huddersfield41245125348577
4Leeds422271356401673
5Reading41227125657-173
6Sheff Wed422191254411372
7Fulham4219131075532270
8Derby421711144845362
9Preston421613136154761
10Norwich42179167365860
11Brentford421781769591059
12Aston Villa411513134340358
13Barnsley421511166059156
14Cardiff421510175659-355
15Ipswich421216144552-752
16Wolves41149185154-351
17QPR42148204857-950
18Bristol City42138215562-747
19Birmingham421114174261-1947
20Nottm Forest42129215667-1145
21Burton421112194257-1545
22Blackburn421013194863-1543
23Wigan421010223853-1540
24Rotherham4246323694-5818
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