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Huddersfield Town 0-3 Cardiff City: Bluebirds secure back-to-back away wins

Josh Murphy
Josh Murphy's goal was his first in the Championship since 30 August against Fulham

Cardiff City won their second successive away game for the first time all season as they beat Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

First-half goals from Josh Murphy and Will Vaulks gave the Bluebirds a commanding half-time lead the hosts rarely looked like threatening.

The Terriers did have a strong shout for a penalty in the second half when Andy King's shot appeared to ricochet off a Cardiff arm but referee Darren England waved away appeals.

And moments later Cardiff put the result beyond doubt as Callum Paterson reacted quickest after Jonas Lossl had saved Junior Hoilett's initial effort to put the Bluebirds three goals up.

Defeat for Huddersfield sees another opportunity missed to put distance between themselves and the bottom three as they remain just five points above 22nd-place Wigan.

However the Bluebirds move up to eighth in the Championship, four points behind sixth-place Preston, as their play-off push continues to gain momentum.

Victory for the Bluebirds means they have suffered just one defeat in their last 11 Championship fixtures, as Neil Harris' side look to challenge for a top-six finish.

And they got off to the perfect start against Huddersfield as Lee Tomlin set free Murphy, who beat the offside trap before chipping the ball over Lossl with the look of a man brimming with confidence.

Vaulks doubled Cardiff's lead as he volleyed home from a corner, as the travelling fans were treated to his back-flip celebration for a first time this season.

Tomlin almost got on the scoresheet himself when he was left one-on-one with Lossl but Lewis O'Brien raced back to put the midfielder under pressure as he fired over.

Instead it was Paterson who added Cardiff's third, as the Scotland international scored his sixth league and cup goal of 2020 to secure back-to-back away wins for Harris' men.

Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley told BBC Radio Leeds:

"I thought we started the game pretty well, we had some pretty patterns and got into the final third time and time again.

"They didn't have a box entry until the 24th minute and they scored with their first and second touches in our box.

"Ultimately football is won in both boxes and if you're soft in your defensive box and power-puff in the attacking area, don't expect to win matches."

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris told BBC Radio Wales:

"I thought it was a really strong Championship away performance, the team was hugely positive going into the game with an air of calmness and focus.

"The team is in a really good place at the moment, the togetherness is just outstanding. We took the lead maybe slightly against the run of play but we could have been further ahead by half-time.

"I think you can see in tonight's performance how good Lee Tomlin is at the moment, he has always had that quality in him."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 49Lössl
  • 17Simpson
  • 12StearmanBooked at 44mins
  • 26Schindler
  • 3Toffolo
  • 6HoggSubstituted forKingat 58'minutes
  • 39O'Brien
  • 9Kachunga
  • 32Smith RoweSubstituted forWillockat 75'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 24MounieSubstituted forCampbellat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chalobah
  • 10Willock
  • 13Coleman
  • 22Campbell
  • 25Pyke
  • 27Stankovic
  • 29King

Cardiff

  • 12Smithies
  • 21Richards
  • 4Morrison
  • 16NelsonBooked at 18mins
  • 3Bennett
  • 6VaulksBooked at 66mins
  • 15Pack
  • 14AdomahSubstituted forBacunaat 67'minutes
  • 17Tomlin
  • 11MurphySubstituted forHoilettat 67'minutes
  • 13PatersonSubstituted forWardat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Flint
  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Glatzel
  • 20Whyte
  • 23Ward
  • 33Hoilett
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
20,238

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Cardiff City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Cardiff City 3.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town).

Marlon Pack (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Willock.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Attempt saved. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Callum Paterson.

Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Cardiff City).

Attempt blocked. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Juninho Bacuna with a cross.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Offside, Cardiff City. Sean Morrison tries a through ball, but Leandro Bacuna is caught offside.

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

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Chris Willock replaces Emile Smith Rowe.

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Toffolo with a cross.

Attempt missed. Andy King (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Emile Smith Rowe.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Cardiff City 3. Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. David Junior Hoilett replaces Josh Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Leandro Bacuna replaces Albert Adomah.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Callum Paterson (Cardiff City).

Dangerous play by Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town).

Alex Smithies (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town).

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Andy King (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juninho Bacuna.

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

Foul by Will Vaulks (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Fraizer Campbell replaces Steve Mounie.

goal

As It Stood

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4Brentford321661053262754
5Nottm Forest32159843311254
6Preston32158947361153
7Bristol City3215894845353
8Cardiff32121374643349
9Blackburn32138114638847
10Swansea32121193737047
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13Derby321110114044-443
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15Hull32117144347-440
16Reading32109133837139
17QPR32116154756-939
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19Charlton3299144145-436
20Huddersfield3298153751-1435
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