Championship
HuddersfieldHuddersfield Town4SwanseaSwansea City1

Huddersfield Town 4-1 Swansea City: Terriers thrash Swans to end winless run

By Michael PearlmanBBC Sport Wales
Frazier Campbell challenges for ball
Huddersfield won 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium in October and completed their first league double over Swansea since the 2006/07 League One campaign.

Huddersfield Town earned a first win of 2021 to boost their Championship survival hopes as they thrashed promotion hopefuls Swansea City 4-1.

The Terriers ended a run of eight games without a win as three goals in seven second-half minutes stunned the Swans.

Lewis O'Brien put Huddersfield 2-1 up before a Duane Holmes double, including a stunning second, made the game safe.

Conor Hourihane's free-kick just before the break levelled for Swansea after Fraizer Campbell's opener.

Huddersfield, who rise to 18th in the Championship, completed a first league double over the Swans in 14 years thanks to a win they fully merited for an energetic and entertaining display.

Swansea's defence has been impressive all season with only 19 goals conceded in 29 games, but six of those goals have come against Huddersfield who coasted to victory after their goal blitz, especially as the Swans were reduced to 10 men when sub Jordan Morris was taken off on a stretcher.

It completed a bad day for the Swans who had been buoyed by the news that second-placed Brentford had lost for the third successive match in the early fixture at Coventry, with Steve Cooper having the luxury of naming an unchanged team and bench from Wednesday's win over Nottingham Forest.

Swansea boss Steve Cooper post-match Huddersfield

The visitors had won three on the spin heading into this game, in contrast to Huddersfield, whose alarming form has seen them slide towards the Championship relegation zone.

Carlos Corberan reacted to Tuesday's defeat at Middlesbrough by making two changes, with Alex Vallejo and Aaron Rowe coming in to replace Alex Pritchard - who was on the bench - and the injured Isaac Mbenza.

Mbenza joined a lengthy list in the Huddersfield treatment room with Carel Eiting, Rolando Aarons, Josh Koroma, Danny Grant, Danny Ward and Christopher Schindler, while Harry Toffolo missed out through suspension, only increasing the size of the hosts' challenge.

However, Huddersfield began the contest with excellent intensity as they pressed Swansea all over the field, with the approach paying dividends on 22 minutes when Campbell found the corner of the net after Pipa's cross found him unmarked in the area.

Juninho Bacuna then rattled the post from 25 yards with Swansea goalkeeper Freddie Woodman beaten, while Andre Ayew shot straight at Ryan Schofield in a rare moment of respite for the Swans.

Bacuna tested Woodman with a free-kick while the busy Swans goalkeeper also had to be at his alert best when he rushed out to deny Duane Holmes.

Swansea defender Jake Bidwell came close to levelling when his header was cleared off the line, but the hosts would have felt more than worthy of a half-time advantage before they were hit by a sucker when Schofield was beaten at his near post by a clever Hourihane free-kick.

Hourihane caught Schofield unaware and the goalkeeper will surely feel he could have done better, but that should not take away from the quick thinking of the on-loan Aston Villa midfielder, who has been nothing short of a revelation for the Swans since his arrival.

However, Swansea were not level for long with the hosts taking the lead on 48 minutes when O'Brien fired home from the edge of the penalty area after Campbell's neat touch teed him up, with the shot deflecting in via a slight deflection off substitute Ben Cabango.

The Terriers then went 3-1 in front with Swansea's normally impenetrable defence torn to shreds by Rowe's precise pass that released Holmes to finish from inside the penalty area.

Holmes, who had only scored once all season, on 28 November against struggling Wycombe, looked relieved to have ended his goal drought and within three minutes he was on the scoresheet again thanks to an absolutely stunning strike from outside the area as he cut inside on his right foot.

Morris' injury added to Swansea's woes and the hosts easily held on.

Swansea remain fourth with games in hand, but missed the chance to move into the automatic promotion spots.

Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan said:

"I think it was really important for us to win today and also the way that we did it.

"Swansea are a team who play well and have a good coach and play positively.

"We played with a lot of determination and courage and lots of quality, especially in the second half.

"When you have a negative experience, such as conceding just before half-time, the key thing is the confidence to bounce back.

"I cannot find one player today who didn't complete the game in the way we wanted."

Swansea boss Steve Cooper said:

"We've only got ourselves to blame for today, if you don't do the basics, at both ends of the pitch, then it can cost you.

"The goals from Huddersfield were obviously good finishes, but the areas that they got into were ones we worked on a lot to try and prevent them getting into.

"The game was quickly out of sight in 10 or so minutes after the break.

"We were second best today and in this league, players can hurt you and that's what happened.

"It might be fatigue but I'm not going to use that as an excuse."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 31Schofield
  • 5Vallejo Mínguez
  • 15Keogh
  • 23Sarr
  • 2Ávila
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forHighat 79'minutes
  • 6HoggSubstituted forPritchardat 84'minutes
  • 8O'BrienBooked at 45mins
  • 29RoweSubstituted forBrownat 84'minutes
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forPhillipsat 72'minutes
  • 9HolmesSubstituted forStearmanat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Pritchard
  • 12Stearman
  • 17Duhaney
  • 20Thomas
  • 27Crichlow
  • 28Brown
  • 36Phillips
  • 44Castro Pereira
  • 49High

Swansea

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Woodman
  • 26NaughtonSubstituted forWhittakerat 58'minutes
  • 2BennettSubstituted forCabangoat 45'minutes
  • 5Guehi
  • 8Grimes
  • 23Roberts
  • 6FultonBooked at 6minsSubstituted forDhandaat 58'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 24BidwellSubstituted forManningat 58'minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 9LoweSubstituted forMorrisat 45'minutesSubstituted forat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Manning
  • 7Smith
  • 11Morris
  • 17Whittaker
  • 18Hamer
  • 19Arriola
  • 21Dhanda
  • 22Latibeaudiere
  • 44Cabango
Referee:
John Brooks

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 4, Swansea City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 4, Swansea City 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town).

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. André Ayew (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Connor Roberts with a cross following a set piece situation.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jaden Brown (Huddersfield Town).

  6. Post update

    Morgan Whittaker (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Swansea City. Connor Roberts tries a through ball, but Morgan Whittaker is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jaden Brown.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City).

  11. Post update

    Jaden Brown (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Whittaker (Swansea City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jaden Brown replaces Aaron Rowe.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Richard Stearman replaces Duane Holmes.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Alex Pritchard replaces Jonathan Hogg.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yan Dhanda (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Manning following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

  19. Post update

    Yan Dhanda (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Scott High replaces Juninho Bacuna.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich31197542241864
2Brentford31169656342257
3Watford31169640211957
4Swansea29168537191856
5Reading31156104436851
6Bournemouth311310845301549
7Cardiff311371146331346
8Middlesbrough31137113631546
9Stoke31111283733445
10Barnsley30136113435-145
11Millwall3191573027342
12Blackburn30116134334939
13QPR29109103034-439
14Preston31123163442-839
15Bristol City31123162942-1339
16Luton30107132334-1137
17Nottm Forest3199132631-536
18Huddersfield31106153845-736
19Derby3097142232-1034
20Coventry31810132942-1334
21Birmingham31710142237-1531
22Rotherham2985163340-729
23Sheff Wed3097142132-1128
24Wycombe3048182251-2920
View full Championship table

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC