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Huddersfield Town 0-1 Newcastle United: Salomon Rondon moves Newcastle clear of bottom

Salomon Rondon
Salomon Rondon has netted four goals in his last six Premier League games - as many as he managed in his previous 24

Huddersfield manager David Wagner said his side "has to believe" after Newcastle inflicted a fourth successive Premier League defeat on the Terriers.

Against the run of play, Salomon Rondon struck the only goal on 55 minutes to send Newcastle six points clear of Wagner's side - and the relegation places.

Huddersfield, however, dominated the contest, and both Philip Billing and Chris Lowe spurned notable opportunities on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.

Yet, despite the unrelenting pressure, Newcastle held firm to record a fourth win of the season.

"It is not easy to keep believing when you have so many defeats, so many narrow defeats where you think do we deserve it, but my part is to keep everyone's heads held high," said Wagner.

"We have to make sure our performances are the same level as they have been. At the moment we are playing very well, consistently, but don't have the right result. They had one chance and took it."

Huddersfield remain 18th and have now lost nine of their last 13 league games.

Magpies grind out crucial win

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'Hard-working' players deserve all the credit - Benitez

Last weekend's agonising 95th-minute Wolves winner left Newcastle winless in three league games following their November revival, adding extra importance to a meeting with fellow strugglers Huddersfield.

The Magpies' vital winning run in November saw manager Rafael Benitez receive the Premier League manager of the month award earlier this week, but that defeat by Wolves prompted Benitez to label each of his side's upcoming games as akin to "a final".

Indeed, the Magpies players cancelled their Christmas party for a second successive year due to their league situation - which now looks substantially healthier.

Newcastle enjoyed just 26% possession at the Kirklees Stadium and spent the majority of the match firmly in their own half as Huddersfield looked much the more ambitious in approach.

When the visitors did venture forward in the first half, Jonas Lossl smothered Fabian Schar's close-range attempt.

The decisive strike came from another rare but slick move, as Ayoze Perez and Javier Manquillo combined on the right to set-up the in-form Rondon.

Despite more Huddersfield pressure, Newcastle remained defensively solid and stuck to their task to earn what often appeared an unlikely victory, and one which could prove huge in the context of their season.

"Against a team so close to us in the table, and to get three points, it was a good achievement," said Benitez.

"This group of players deserves credit and today they came together and worked hard. We gave the ball away a little bit in the first half, but in the second half we were better organised. The idea was to exploit them on the counter-attack and exploit the space behind them."

Defeat tough to take for Terriers

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Wagner urges Huddersfield to 'keep believing'

The result, judged on the balance of play, was harsh on Huddersfield, but four straight league defeats have left David Wagner's side in a precarious league position going into the busy festive period.

The hosts' attitude and approach could not be faulted, and they looked the only side likely to find a breakthrough in a positive first-half display.

For all their good build-up play, though, the Premier League's lowest scorers once again lacked quality in the final third.

Alex Pritchard, Juninho Bacuna and Billing all offered energy around targetman Laurent Depoitre in attack, but the outcome summed up the Terriers' campaign to date.

The news playmaker Aaron Mooy will be out until the new year with injury is a huge blow to Huddersfield, who have now failed to score in 29 Premier League games since the start of last season.

"We played some good football today and in recent weeks as well," added Wagner.

"Today was different because we did not have clear-cut chances but how the players played and defended, their bravery and intensity to be on the front foot, was great."

Man of the match - Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield)

Alex Pritchard
It was a positive performance from Huddersfield's Alex Pritchard, who carried the ball confidently and looked the most likely to create something for the home side with his runs at the Newcastle defence

Newcastle keeping things tight - the stats

  • Newcastle United's Premier League games have seen 36 goals scored this season, 14 for and 22 against, fewer than any other side.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in four consecutive Premier League away games for the first time since November 2012.
  • Huddersfield have won just two of their last 14 games against Newcastle in all competitions, losing eight.
  • Since the start of last season, Huddersfield have failed to score in 29 Premier League games, eight more than any other side.
  • Huddersfield posted a 73.6% possession figure in this game, the highest of any side to lose a Premier League game this season.

What's next?

In another key weekend at the bottom, Huddersfield host Southampton on Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Newcastle face Fulham at the same time.

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 25M Jorgensen
  • 26Schindler
  • 5KongoloSubstituted forSobhiat 60'minutes
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 7Bacuna
  • 6HoggBooked at 72minsSubstituted forMbenzaat 77'minutes
  • 8Billing
  • 15LöweSubstituted forDurmat 59'minutes
  • 21Pritchard
  • 20Depoitre

Substitutes

  • 9Kachunga
  • 12Hamer
  • 14Sobhi
  • 18Mbenza
  • 23Quaner
  • 27Stankovic
  • 37Durm

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 5Schär
  • 6LascellesBooked at 34mins
  • 2Clark
  • 19Manquillo
  • 10Diamé
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forHaydenat 72'minutes
  • 30Atsu
  • 15KenedySubstituted forDummettat 89'minutes
  • 17Pérez
  • 9RondónSubstituted forRitchieat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dummett
  • 7Murphy
  • 11Ritchie
  • 13Muto
  • 14Hayden
  • 21Joselu
  • 41Woodman
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
24,036

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Newcastle United 1.

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj.

Ramadan Sobhi (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Paul Dummett replaces Kenedy because of an injury.

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Hand ball by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

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

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Matt Ritchie replaces Salomón Rondón.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Isaac Mbenza replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Attempt missed. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Isaac Hayden.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Booking

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

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj with a cross.

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramadan Sobhi with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramadan Sobhi.

Offside, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu tries a through ball, but Ayoze Pérez is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Ramadan Sobhi replaces Terence Kongolo.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Erik Durm replaces Chris Löwe.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Chris Löwe tries a through ball, but Florent Hadergjonaj is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Laurent Depoitre.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Newcastle United 1. Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Javier Manquillo.

Attempt missed. Kenedy (Newcastle United) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Kenedy.

goal

As It Stood

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1Man City17142148103844
2Liverpool1613303462842
3Tottenham17130431161539
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Man Utd167542826226
7Wolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester176472121022
13Brighton166371922-321
14Newcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff1742111733-1614
17Burnley1733111533-1812
18Huddersfield1724111028-1810
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1723121642-269
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