Report and highlights as Huddersfield score first home goal since April 14
By Ron Walker
Last Updated: 05/11/18 10:16pm
A Timothy Fosu-Mensah own goal gave Huddersfield a 1-0 home win over Fulham, who replaced the Terriers at the bottom of the Premier League.
Huddersfield’s first home goal since April 14 was enough to give them their first win since the same day, and came from a stroke of good fortune when Fosu-Mensah diverted Christopher Schindler’s header from a Chris Lowe cross beyond Sergio Rico.
Fulham managed only a solitary shot on target throughout the whole 90 minutes at the John Smith’s Stadium to further crank up the pressure on manager Slavisa Jokanovic, whose £100m summer spending has returned only five points from 11 games.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, celebrated David Wagner’s third anniversary in charge by moving above Fulham in the table with victory, and remain inside the relegation zone only on goal difference behind 17th-placed Newcastle.
Philip Billing turned the heat up on a frosty opening in West Yorkshire by smashing the ball against the crossbar from 25 yards with 15 minutes gone as Huddersfield dominated early proceedings against a nervous Fulham, without puncturing their defence.
Huddersfield: Lossl (7), Jorgensen (6), Schindler (7), Kongolo (6), Hadergjonaj (6), Mooy (6), Hogg (7), Billing (7), Lowe (7), Pritchard (6), Mounie (6).
Subs: Depoitre (5), Mbenza (n/a), Bacuna (n/a).
Fulham: Rico (6), Fosu-Mensah (5), Odoi (6), Le Marchand (5), Sessegnon (6), Seri (6), Zambo (5), Cairney (5), Vietto (5), Mitrovic (5), Schurrle (5).
Subs: Christie (6), McDonald (5), Johnsnen (6).
Man of the match: Jonathan Hogg
And with the hosts still very much on the front foot, Alex Pritchard tested Rico before the half-hour mark when his deflected drive was palmed away for a corner.
Moments later, tension turned to joy when Schindler’s header from Lowe’s cross deflected off Fosu-Mensah into the far corner for the hosts’ first home goal in 659 minutes.
Florent Hadergjonaj had a strong shout for a penalty shortly before the break when he appeared to have his legs taken away by Ryan Sessegnon, but referee Anthony Taylor denied the Terriers a chance to double their goal tally from 12 yards.
David Wagner made three changes from Huddersfield’s 3-0 defeat at Watford last weekend, with Erik Durm, Isaac Mbenza and Laurent Depoitre dropping out and Terrance Kongolo, Steve Mounie and Florent Hadergjonaj coming in.
Fulham’s only new face was Maxime Le Marchand, who replaced Tim Ream in defence.
Fulham introduced Cyrus Christie and Kevin McDonald at half-time, and the changes did liven up proceedings, but beyond forcing a number of corners in the first quarter of an hour of the second period, the visitors made few inroads on their hosts.
At the other end Aaron Mooy fired over from Steve Mounie’s flick-on and Pritchard did likewise from a half-cleared corner, while in a rare attack Fulham had the ball in the back of the Huddersfield net from a crisp Andre Schurrle volley, but Aleksander Mitrovic was ruled offside in the build-up.
And in the end, the hosts did not need to add to their one-goal lead as they hung on for their first win of the season, and condemned Fulham to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Huddersfield host West Ham at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday at 3pm, while Fulham have an unenviable task of travelling to Anfield to face Liverpool in the early kick-off on Sunday at 12pm.