Bristol City 1-3 Huddersfield

Huddersfield striker James Vaughan heads in a goal at Bristol City

Huddersfield boosted their Championship survival hopes with a victory at Bristol City courtesy of a James Vaughan hat-trick.

Vaughan drove in a shot from Lee Novak's cross and headed in an Oliver Norwood free-kick to quickly give the visitors the upper hand.

Vaughan nodded home his third from close range from another Novak cross.

Bristol City, who are already relegated, managed a sole consolation goal when Lewin Nyatanga headed in.

The result moved Huddersfield three points from third-from-bottom Barnsley, with the two teams meeting in the final game of the season next week.

The win over the Robins gave the Terriers consecutive wins for the first time since October 2012.

Huddersfield got off to a flying start, taking only two minutes to go in front, with on-loan Norwich forward Vaughan's early double taking his goal tally for the season to 13.

Striker Novak played a huge part in Vaughan's success and the former might have scored himself only to miss from six yards.

City started to threaten but their attempts to get back into the game were undermined when Vaughan completed his hat-trick with another header.

The season can barely end quickly enough for City, who last tasted victory on 9 March.

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins:

"James showed how much he cares about our club with the way he celebrated his goals. That isn't always the case with loan signings.

"He has been good for us and I think we have been good for him. What the future holds I can't say, but he was terrific.

"It's amazing to be on 57 points in the Championship and not be mathematically safe."

Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll:

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We lacked pride - O'Driscoll

"That performance was the worst since I came here and totally unacceptable. We played without pride and I can assure supporters that won't happen again.

"We owe them an apology. In our last game at Hull we looked as though we shouldn't be relegated, but today we showed why we are going down.

"Losses are inevitable at times and it is how you lose that counts. We have a lot of work to do during the summer and need to man-up."

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