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Huddersfield Town 2-1 Brentford

Elias Kachunga
Elias Kachunga made just 10 appearances for Ingolstadt after joining them in July 2015

Elias Kachunga and Kasey Palmer both scored on their Championship debut as Huddersfield narrowly beat Brentford.

German Under-21 international Kachunga, who is on loan from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt, headed past Daniel Bentley five minutes after the break.

The Bees pulled level through Nico Yennaris after he slipped the ball through loan keeper Danny Ward's legs.

However, Palmer netted with his second touch two minutes later after Bentley had saved well from Rajiv van La Parra.

After enjoying the lion's share of the ball in a goalless first half, the Terriers finally made the most of their most of their dominance when 24-year-old striker Kachunga nodded in at the far post from Tommy Smith's cross, leaving Bentley stranded.

Going a goal behind spurred Brentford into life, as Lewis Macleod's shot went just wide from 25-yards following Sam Saunders' free-kick.

Moments later, Macleod caught the Huddersfield defence napping, as his neat flick was collected by Yennaris for a simple tap-in.

However, 19-year-old Chelsea loanee Palmer - who came off the bench following the visitors' equaliser - brought the ball down brilliantly before scoring to ensure the hosts' first opening-day win since 2010.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner: "It was an outstanding performance and we had many opportunities in the first five or six minutes. In the second half we came into the game more and scored a great goal.

"Then we struggled for 10 or 15 minutes and defended too deep but then Kasey did a great job when he came on.

"What made me really proud was the togetherness we showed. The starting XI must know what the game plan is and those on the bench have to make an impact. Our substitutes were outstanding."

Brentford manager Dean Smith: "The game was a tactical stalemate until the first goal and that changed the game. I was disappointed with the first goal but overall the lads showed a lot of spirit.

"We brought on two subs - Yennaris and Sam Saunders - and we looked more lively. Nico gave us great energy when he came on and scored the goal. He had an infected toe and needed an injection so he could get on the field.

"At the moment we need wide players and that is what we are looking for."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 5HudsonBooked at 71mins
  • 26Schindler
  • 15Löwe
  • 6Hogg
  • 10Mooy
  • 18LolleySubstituted forPaurevicat 85'minutes
  • 16PayneSubstituted forPalmerat 78'minutes
  • 17van La Parra
  • 9KachungaSubstituted forScannellat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Scannell
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 19Paurevic
  • 27Stankovic
  • 44Hefele
  • 45Palmer

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 20Clarke
  • 6Dean
  • 14Egan
  • 3Elder
  • 10McEachranBooked at 37minsSubstituted forYennarisat 56'minutes
  • 15Woods
  • 19Sawyers
  • 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forSaundersat 56'minutes
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forHofmannat 82'minutes
  • 9Hogan

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 8Yennaris
  • 11Hofmann
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 30Field
  • 31Holldack
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
18,479

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Brentford 1.

Attempt missed. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Harlee Dean with a headed pass.

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Christopher Schindler.

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town).

Josh Clarke (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town).

Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Ivan Paurevic replaces Joe Lolley.

Hand ball by John Egan (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Offside, Brentford. Josh Clarke tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Brentford 1. Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Kasey Palmer replaces Jack Payne.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Brentford 1. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis MacLeod.

Foul by Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town).

Sam Saunders (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

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

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Sam Saunders (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town).

John Egan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Scott Hogan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Elias Kachunga.

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Clarke.

Attempt missed. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

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2Ipswich11004223
3Nottm Forest11004313
4Bristol City11002113
5Huddersfield11002113
6Fulham11001013
7Reading11001013
8Rotherham10102201
9Wolves10102201
10Birmingham10100001
11Brighton10100001
12Cardiff10100001
13Derby10100001
14Aston Villa00000000
15Leeds00000000
16QPR00000000
17Sheff Wed00000000
18Burton100134-10
19Brentford100112-10
20Wigan100112-10
21Newcastle100101-10
22Preston100101-10
23Barnsley100124-20
24Blackburn100114-30
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