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Huddersfield Town 2-3 Wycombe Wanderers: Chairboys hit back from 2-0 down to win

Joe Jacobson scores for Wycombe
Joe Jacobson's penalty for Wycombe levelled the scores at 2-2

Josh Knight's winner three minutes from time earned Wycombe just a fourth Championship win of the season as they rallied superbly from 2-0 down to beat Huddersfield.

Knight completed the comeback in a second half that Wycombe dominated with a smart touch and left-foot finish.

The opening period was depressingly familiar for Gareth Ainsworth's side as Juninho Bacuna's third goal of the season and Isaac Mbenza gave Huddersfield a two-goal lead.

But Anis Mehmeti's low shot in first-half stoppage time pulled a goal back for the visitors and when Uche Ikpeazu was fouled in the box after half-time, Joe Jacobson scored from the penalty spot to level the game.

The visitors spurned several chances to take the lead but finally Knight scored to warm Wycombe hearts on the coldest of afternoons.

The Chairboys remain 10 points from safety in the Championship but this turnaround will give them hope of sparking a revival.

Huddersfield have now gone seven matches without victory in the league, including five defeats, and had control of the game approaching half-time.

They took an early lead as Fraizer Campbell's volleyed cross from the right found Bacuna to finish with a close-range header.

Mbenza made it two after cutting in from the left and finished with a left-foot shot across goal to complete a swift counter-attack.

But Mehmeti found a quick response, cleverly working himself some space to shoot into the bottom-left corner from the top of the penalty area.

After half-time Ikpeazu made excellent ground down the left before cutting into the box and being brought down, allowing Jacobson to equalise with his fourth goal in seven league games.

Garath McCleary and Daryl Horgan went close to a third for Wycombe before Knight's late winner.

Reaction - 'we're going to come out swinging'

Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberán:

"We should have scored a third goal at 2-0, then they scored before half-time and we lost confidence to do what we had to in the second half.

"We had anxiety when managing the ball and tried to finish the game before it was over.

"We stopped doing what we did to score our two goals and gave options to the opponents.

"We have to change the dynamic of the results. I want to keep this team in the Championship."

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth:

"I know a lot of people would have said 'here we go again' but not me, I know what I've got and I've said here's how we're going to do it.

"I asked for fight and whatever happens we're going to come out swinging, that's the Wycombe way and we've lost that a bit recently.

"We've conceded two goals that are avoidable but we could have scored four or five and we really played well in the second half."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Schofield
  • 2ÁvilaBooked at 62mins
  • 15Keogh
  • 23Sarr
  • 8O'Brien
  • 6HoggBooked at 85mins
  • 5Vallejo MínguezSubstituted forPritchardat 68'minutes
  • 9HolmesBooked at 79minsSubstituted forHighat 80'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 18MbenzaBooked at 57minsSubstituted forThomasat 87'minutes
  • 22Campbell

Substitutes

  • 10Pritchard
  • 12Stearman
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Duhaney
  • 20Thomas
  • 27Crichlow
  • 29Rowe
  • 36Phillips
  • 49High

Wycombe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Allsop
  • 2GrimmerBooked at 71mins
  • 5StewartBooked at 82mins
  • 6TafazolliBooked at 23mins
  • 3JacobsonSubstituted forObitaat 73'minutes
  • 7Wheeler
  • 12Knight
  • 33Mehmeti
  • 19McClearySubstituted forOnyedinmaat 83'minutes
  • 9IkpeazuBooked at 90mins
  • 17Horgan

Substitutes

  • 11Kashket
  • 15Muskwe
  • 18Thompson
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 25Samuel
  • 26McCarthy
  • 27Obita
  • 28Ofoborh
  • 32Anderson
Referee:
Keith Stroud

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamWycombe
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 2, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

  3. Booking

    Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town).

  7. Post update

    Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Josh Knight (Wycombe Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Scott High (Huddersfield Town).

  14. Post update

    Josh Knight (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Huddersfield Town 2, Wycombe Wanderers 3. Josh Knight (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sorba Thomas replaces Isaac Mbenza.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Huddersfield Town).

  18. Post update

    Josh Knight (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) with an attempt from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Booking

    Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich29177539241558
2Brentford28169355282757
3Swansea27158435152053
4Watford29149637201751
5Reading2914694234848
6Bournemouth291210743281546
7Cardiff29117114033740
8Middlesbrough29117113230240
9Blackburn281161142311139
10Stoke2991283333039
11Preston29123143437-339
12Bristol City29123142939-1039
13Millwall2981472827138
14Luton28107112329-637
15Barnsley27106112934-536
16Nottm Forest2989122530-533
17QPR2789102632-633
18Huddersfield2996143342-933
19Derby2887131929-1031
20Coventry29710122740-1331
21Rotherham2785143338-529
22Sheff Wed2897122130-928
23Birmingham29610132135-1428
24Wycombe2847172149-2819
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