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Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves: Jan Siewert gets first win with late goal

Huddersfield celebrate
Huddersfield had lost seven consecutive home games

Manager Jan Siewert said Huddersfield "still have a chance" of Premier League survival after they beat Wolves to end a 14-game winless run and give the German his first victory as Terriers manager.

Steve Mounie scored the winner in the 91st minute as he turned in the rebound from inside the six-yard box after Karlan Grant's shot.

The win sparked wild celebrations with the striker mobbed by his team-mates after scoring, while Siewert was swamped by his backroom staff and the players linked arms to celebrate in front of their fans.

Huddersfield remain bottom of the table, still 11 points from safety but have their first win since 25 November and their first in five games under Siewert.

"Since the time I arrived, I said we still have a chance and we believe that," the German said.

"There are still games to go. We will keep on fighting.

"My thoughts are just with the boys. They made me so proud. They deserve it so much.

"I think we can all be proud to be Huddersfield this evening."

Town deserved the three points but it had looked like another lacklustre showing in front of goal would cost the Terriers with Mounie putting a header into the side-netting from close range earlier in the second half.

He also shot narrowly wide of the post late on while Jonathan Hogg and Jon Gorenc Stankovic could have done better with headers after half-time.

Woeful Wolves missed the chance to move into seventh in the table and saw their eight-game unbeaten run come to an end.

Their only real chances came in the first half when Raul Jimenez glanced a header off target and Matt Doherty scuffed a shot wide of the near post.

Huge celebrations for rare win

Huddersfield celebrate
Mounie's goal was his second of the season

Huddersfield's bleak situation at the bottom of the table means this win will still likely be in vain in terms of their Premier League survival but the emotional scenes showed how much the three points meant to Siewert, the players and the fans.

Siewert's previous four games in charge ended in defeats to Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle and, after the latter, the German heavily criticised his players, calling for more fight.

He made eight changes to play Wolves, including recalling Mounie and handing fellow forward Karlan Grant a first start for the club, and the players responded.

Huddersfield started with high intensity, preventing Wolves gaining an early foothold in the game, and, in the second half, the hosts dominated, creating the only real chances.

The only part of their performance that was lacking was Huddersfield's finishing in front of goal, a familiar theme this season for the league's lowest scorers under both Siewert and previous manager David Wagner.

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Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves: Jan Siewert 'proud' of first win as Terriers manager

Mounie had been as guilty as any of his team-mates but when the ball fell to him while he was on the floor in the six-yard box, he managed to complete the finish.

It remains to be seen whether the three points can spark a push for survival with 10 games remaining.

"I told you right from the beginning. I know it won't be easy but we keep on fighting," Siewert said.

"You can calculate the number of games. There is still a chance. It would be good. I would enjoy that."

The 36-year-old also said he had never doubted whether he had made the right decision in joining Huddersfield from Borussia Dortmund's second team last month.

"I never thought that," he said.

"I know my players. I have really enjoyed working with them.

"It is more how do I get them in lucky moments. Today we found some solutions and I am so proud."

Wolves a real disappointment

Wolves
Wolves missed the chance to move above Watford into seventh in the table

A point for Wolves would have seen Nuno Espirito Santo side's achieve their highest points total in a Premier League season.

They will still reach that milestone in the remaining games but their performance at the John Smith's Stadium must rank as one of their worst since returning to the top-flight last summer.

They failed to have a shot on target and played little of their slick, attacking football.

Their unbeaten run has been impressive but this defeat follows back-to-back draws in the league.

Nuno said afterwards that his team must "bounce back" to ensure there is no repeat performance at the weekend.

"It was a tough game and it wasn't one of the best performances we had but credit to Huddersfield for fighting for each ball," he said.

"We came from a good run but we have to bounce back. We are very cautious that what happened today cannot happen again."

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Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves: We need to improve - Nuno Espirito Santo

Man of the match - Karlan Grant (Huddersfield)

Karlan Grant
Forward Karlan Grant impressed on his first start for Huddersfield since joining from Charlton in January

Wolves' Huddersfield woe - the best stats

  • 79% (11/14) of the Premier League points won by Huddersfield this season have come against newly-promoted teams - six vs Wolves, three vs Fulham and two vs Cardiff.
  • Wolves have lost eight of their last nine away league matches against Huddersfield.
  • Six of Huddersfield's last nine Premier League wins have come against teams beginning with W - two apiece against Watford, West Brom and Wolves.
  • All five of Huddersfield's clean sheets in the Premier League this season have been against newly-promoted teams - two vs Cardiff and Wolves and one vs Fulham.
  • Huddersfield Town are one of four sides that Nuno Espirito Santo has faced more than once as Wolves boss in all competitions without winning, along with Man City, Sunderland and Swansea City.
  • Wolves named an unchanged starting XI for the 12th time in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
  • Wolves have lost seven of their 12 Premier League matches against teams starting the day bottom.
  • Steve Mounie scored just his second Premier League goal of the season for Huddersfield, with both of his goals coming at the John Smith's Stadium.

What's next?

Both sides' next games are at 15:00 GMT on Saturday. Wolves host Cardiff while Huddersfield travel to Brighton.

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 38DuhaneySubstituted forBacunaat 45'minutes
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 37Durm
  • 27StankovicSubstituted forKachungaat 82'minutes
  • 6HoggBooked at 84mins
  • 8BillingBooked at 29mins
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forMooyat 78'minutes
  • 24Mounie
  • 16Grant

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Kachunga
  • 10Mooy
  • 12Hamer
  • 15Löwe
  • 20Depoitre
  • 25M Jorgensen

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5BennettBooked at 43mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertyBooked at 89mins
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8Neves
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 66'minutes
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forHélder Costaat 78'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forCavaleiroat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 29Vinagre
  • 37Traoré
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
22,714

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

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

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Hand ball by Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Elias Kachunga.

Booking

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

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Elias Kachunga replaces Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

Attempt missed. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Mounie.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Juninho Bacuna.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Aaron Mooy replaces Alex Pritchard.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonny.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Karlan Grant.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Diogo Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho.

Attempt missed. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Juninho Bacuna.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside.

Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juninho Bacuna.

Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Liverpool27206159154466
2Man City27212474205465
3Tottenham27200755272860
4Arsenal27165655371853
5Man Utd27157552351752
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Watford2711793935440
8Wolves28117103535040
9Everton28106123939036
10West Ham27106113540-536
11Leicester28105133439-535
12Bournemouth27104133848-1034
13Newcastle2887132634-831
14Crystal Palace2786133135-430
15Burnley2886143150-1930
16Brighton2776142941-1227
17Cardiff2874172555-3025
18Southampton2759132846-1824
19Fulham2745182661-3517
20Huddersfield2835201550-3514
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