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Nottingham Forest 0-2 Huddersfield Town: Aaron Rowe & Juninho Bacuna move Terriers clear of drop zone

Aaron Rowe
Aaron Rowe slots his second senior goal as Huddersfield claimed only their third league win of 2021

Huddersfield boosted their hopes of securing Championship safety with a comfortable win at a below-par Nottingham Forest.

The hosts started brightly, with Filip Krovinovic's low shot forcing a good early save from Ryan Schofield, but they were undone by two sloppy pieces of play.

Aaron Rowe pounced on James Garner's loose pass back towards his defence and placed the ball past advancing goalkeeper Brice Samba for his second senior goal.

And when Forest again surrendered possession, Juninho Bacuna capped a quick counter by smashing a fierce rising shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Huddersfield's third win in 20 league matches moves them up to 18th and eight points clear of the bottom three, while Forest stay 16th after their first defeat in five matches.

Only the Championship's top three had conceded fewer goals than Chris Hughton's side before kick-off, but their customary discipline went missing and they were twice punished for loose play.

Huddersfield arrived on a wretched run of just one win in 15 away trips, having scored just six goals in the past 14 of those, but improved after weathering Forest's good start.

Samba denied Rowe and Holmes' low shot before the former gave the visitors a deserved lead in first-half stoppage-time.

Alex Mighten's cross gave Ryan Yates a chance to level, but his back-post header lacked power, and moments later Bacuna doubled the lead.

Scott McKenna forced Schofield into action, and Glenn Murray flashed a shot just wide as the hosts sought a way back, yet they almost fell further behind when former Derby County defender Richard Keogh met a whipped free-kick but turned it wide.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Really disappointed, particularly after our last home performance.

"I was really hoping we could replicate that and in the first 20 minutes, I thought we did.

"I thought we made two mistakes for the goals, which hasn't been like us."

Huddersfield Town manager Carlos Corberan:

"That was a very necessary win. We know how important those three points are for us.

"We defended very strongly and had opportunities on the counter-attack, using one with Bacuna's goal.

"Our level of commitment and spirit was high."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Samba
  • 2Christie
  • 4Worrall
  • 26McKenna
  • 24Blackett
  • 22YatesSubstituted forRibeiro Diasat 63'minutes
  • 37Garner
  • 28KnockaertSubstituted forFreemanat 81'minutes
  • 27KrovinovicSubstituted forTaylorat 64'minutes
  • 17Mighten
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forMurrayat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ribeiro
  • 6Mbe Soh
  • 8Colback
  • 12Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 18Ribeiro Dias
  • 25Murray
  • 33Taylor

Huddersfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Schofield
  • 2ÁvilaBooked at 57minsSubstituted forBrownat 84'minutes
  • 15Keogh
  • 23Sarr
  • 3ToffoloSubstituted forEdmonds-Greenat 66'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 6Hogg
  • 9HolmesSubstituted forHighat 84'minutes
  • 8O'BrienBooked at 53mins
  • 29Rowe
  • 22CampbellSubstituted forWardat 41'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Stearman
  • 16Aarons
  • 19Koroma
  • 20Thomas
  • 25Ward
  • 28Brown
  • 35Edmonds-Green
  • 44Castro Pereira
  • 49High
Referee:
Andy Woolmer

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Huddersfield Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Huddersfield Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Brice Samba tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Alex Mighten (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Scott High (Huddersfield Town).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Mighten (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Blackett (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Aaron Rowe (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mighten.

  11. Post update

    Glenn Murray (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rarmani Edmonds-Green (Huddersfield Town).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jaden Brown replaces Pipa.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Scott High replaces Duane Holmes.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Garner.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Glenn Murray replaces Lewis Grabban.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Luke Freeman replaces Anthony Knockaert.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Alex Mighten (Nottingham Forest).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich42279666313590
2Watford422410859283182
3Swansea4222101052331976
4Brentford412014771403174
5Bournemouth4221111069412874
6Barnsley412181254441071
7Reading4219101357461167
8Cardiff4216121458461260
9Millwall421417114140159
10QPR421611155051-159
11Middlesbrough42169174947257
12Stoke421414144546-156
13Luton41168173646-1056
14Bristol City42156214156-1551
15Blackburn421311185448650
16Nottm Forest421213173441-749
17Preston42147214155-1449
18Huddersfield421211194562-1747
19Coventry411112183756-1945
20Birmingham411112183150-1945
21Derby421110213148-1743
22Rotherham39116224153-1239
23Sheff Wed42119223555-2036
24Wycombe42810243266-3434
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