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Huddersfield Town 2-1 Nottingham Forest: Danny Cowley says Forest staff 'lacked respect' and 'wanted to kick us'

Steve Mounie powers in Huddersfield's second goal
Steve Mounie powered in Huddersfield's second goal soon after the restart

Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley accused Nottingham Forest's staff of showing "a lack of respect" and said the Reds "wanted to kick us" after seeing his side edge a fractious match.

The Terriers secured a second victory in three games to extend Forest's winless run to five thanks to a set-piece goal either side of the interval.

Christopher Schindler's fierce volley opened the scoring before tempers boiled over at the end of an increasingly niggly first period, with Cowley and Reds counterpart Sabri Lamouchi confronting each other amid ugly scenes near the tunnel.

Steve Mounie's header added to the Forest frustration when he doubled the lead within five minutes of the restart and they held on for victory after Joe Worrall's header made it 2-1, before further confrontations followed between players and staff at the end.

Christmas cheer disappears

Cowley said: "Forest were physical and, in that moment, you either step back or step forward. We stepped forward. No one will come here and beat us up. We stood up for ourselves, I'm proud of the players for that.

"They came here and wanted to kick us, but no one is going to bully us. You have to have substance. I was a bit disappointed with their staff, they showed a lack of respect.

"Here was me thinking it was Christmas and good will to all men, but I was wrong. I'm really pleased for Steve Mounie. He came in and did extra work on his finishing during the week and sometimes, like today, you get what you deserve."

A strong Forest fightback in the closing stages saw them come close to grabbing a draw, but Town held on for a win which takes them six points clear of the relegation places.

Lamouchi was not as forthright in his views, but said he was "surprised" by the altercations which greeted both the half-time and full-time whistle.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "There was some confusion and tension. This can happen. I was surprised. But if it was a tactic, I'm not sure it's a good tactic. But congratulations to them for the victory.

"I was surprised. Football is enjoyment and respect. We need respect for the opponent, for the referee. There was a little bit of tension. But I just want to focus on the pitch, on my players."

A bright Forest start, which saw both Matty Cash and Sammy Ameobi go close, came to nothing and the Terriers took control from the moment German centre-half Schindler reacted first to net when Trevoh Chalobah's initial effort was blocked following a corner.

Huddersfield Town players celebrate Christopher Schindler's first-half goal
Christopher Schindler's thumping volley was his second goal of the season

The half-time shenanigans as the players made their way off the pitch were still fresh in the mind when the hosts scored from another corner, with Mounie leaping at the back post to power in a close-range header from Karlan Grant's corner.

Huddersfield then dominated and had chances to make the game safe, notably through Grant, who saw a shot well saved by keeper Brice Samba.

The lively Joe Lolley helped spark a strong Forest response in the closing quarter, with some smart thinking seeing his quick corner headed in at the near post by Worrall.

Lolley then saw a decent strike kept out by a fine-one handed stop by Kamil Grabara, who also denied Cash with a fabulous save in stoppage time.

But Forest could not force a leveller as they piled forward late on, with their defeat just their second in 13 away from home in the league.

"What I said at the break was 'don't become crazy' and we will come back. Unfortunately it was not the case. It's a very bad moment but we need to stay together," added Lamouchi.

"We started in a good way and created some chances and we deserved to score first, but we need to be more efficient in the box. It was a story of three corners and three goals.

"I'm upset, but we've just got to keep working. It's a very bad moment, but we need to stay calm, work again and stay focused. We will come back."

The Reds are only three points off the play-off places despite a miserable run which has brought three defeats in five, including a 4-0 hammering at home to Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1GrabaraBooked at 80mins
  • 17Simpson
  • 26Schindler
  • 27Stankovic
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 9KachungaSubstituted forKoromaat 79'minutes
  • 6HoggBooked at 69mins
  • 8ChalobahBooked at 63mins
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forBrownat 87'minutes
  • 24Mounie
  • 16Grant

Substitutes

  • 13Coleman
  • 19Koroma
  • 28Brown
  • 35Edmonds-Green
  • 38Duhaney
  • 41Daly
  • 43High

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 3FigueiredoBooked at 57mins
  • 4Worrall
  • 36Chema
  • 21SowBooked at 39minsSubstituted forSemedoat 68'minutes
  • 8WatsonBooked at 66minsSubstituted forYatesat 86'minutes
  • 23Lolley
  • 28Silva
  • 19AmeobiSubstituted forCarvalhoat 75'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 10Carvalho
  • 17Semedo
  • 18Robinson
  • 20Dawson
  • 22Yates
  • 37Adomah
  • 49Muric
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
22,529

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jonathan Hogg.

Attempt missed. Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kamil Grabara.

Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tiago Silva with a cross.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tiago Silva.

Foul by Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest).

Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tiago Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jaden Brown replaces Juninho Bacuna.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Yates replaces Ben Watson.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Watson tries a through ball, but Tobias Figueiredo is caught offside.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kamil Grabara.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alfa Semedo.

Attempt blocked. Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Josh Koroma replaces Elias Kachunga because of an injury.

Foul by Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. João Carvalho replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Florent Hadergjonaj.

Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Trevoh Chalobah with a cross.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Tiago Silva tries a through ball, but Joe Worrall is caught offside.

Booking

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

Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tiago Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alfa Semedo replaces Samba Sow.

Attempt missed. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Juninho Bacuna.

Booking

Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

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

Attempt missed. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Mounie.

Booking

Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town).

Booking

Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom23148146242250
2Leeds23145436152147
3Fulham23115735251038
4Preston2311573527838
5Brentford23114834181637
6Swansea2310763027337
7Sheff Wed22106633201336
8Bristol City229853432235
9Nottm Forest229762823534
10Blackburn2210483028234
11Hull239683731633
12Cardiff238963432233
13Millwall238962930-133
14QPR239593744-732
15Birmingham2384112434-1028
16Reading2275102827126
17Derby236892131-1026
18Charlton2367103032-225
19Huddersfield2367102635-925
20Middlesbrough235992132-1124
21Luton2362152847-1920
22Barnsley2347123146-1519
23Stoke2353152537-1218
24Wigan2246122035-1518
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