Struggling Huddersfield impress in win over Hull


Michal Helik’s close-range header was his first goal for Huddersfield since his Deadline Day move from Barnsley

Mark Fotheringham marked his first home game in charge of Huddersfield Town with a first win as they beat fellow strugglers Hull City.

Lewie Coyle headed Etienne Camara’s cross past his own goalkeeper to put the Terriers ahead before Ryan Longman missed a great chance to equalise in first-half stoppage time.

Michal Helik headed in Town’s second shortly after the break and Jordan Rhodes went close to a third as he hit the post.

Manager-less Hull’s Colombian top scorer Oscar Estupinan missed an excellent chance from 12 yards with 18 minutes left as they lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Huddersfield’s victory – just their second since mid-August – sees them remain second-from-bottom of the Championship, but now only two points from safety, while Hull stay 20th, three points above their opponents.

Having replaced Danny Schofield as head coach last month, Fotheringham’s first victory came at the third attempt – and made him the first new Huddersfield boss in seven to win his opening home game.

Defeat was a further blow for a Hull side under the temporary leadership of Andy Dawson after a deal to bring former Olympiakos boss Pedro Martins to Humberside to replace Shota Arveladze fell through on Friday.

Tom Lees’ 13th-minute volley into the arms of Hull keeper Nathan Baxter was the highlight of a quiet start and the Huddersfield defender failed to turn in a corner that came to him eight minutes later.

The Terriers finally took a deserved lead after half an hour as Cyrus Christie lost the ball deep in his own half and Camara broke into the penalty area before whipping a left-footed cross into the six-yard box that Coyle could only glance past Baxter.

Mark Fotheringham
Mark Fotheringham was most recently assistant manager at Hertha Berlin before taking over at Huddersfield

Hull struggled to create much until the final moments of the half when Longman had a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box well blocked by Helik, and then rolled an excellent chance wide in stoppage time after being put through by Coyle’s excellent curling pass.

Hull made an attacking change at half-time as Dogukan Sinik repaced Callum Elder, but it was Town who started the second period brightly.

Rhodes had an effort hacked away by Coyle, and Ben Jackson had a penalty claim turned down before Helik headed home Danny Ward’s cross from close range after Sorba Thomas’ floated free-kick into the Hull area was not cleared.

It should have been 3-0 when Rhodes’ 62nd-minute strike was touched onto the post by Baxter and follow-up efforts from Lees and Helik were cleared off the line by Hull defenders.

Estupinan – the Championship’s top scorer with eight goals this season – should have got his ninth when he blazed over from Greg Docherty’s pass in a moment that summed up the Tigers’ afternoon, while Docherty had a powerful effort parried over by Lee Nicholls shortly after.

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 21Nicholls
  • 32Lees
  • 39Helik
  • 33NakayamaBooked at 65mins
  • 7ThomasBooked at 74mins
  • 22RudoniSubstituted forMahoneyat 66′minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 24Camara
  • 30JacksonSubstituted forRuffelsat 78′minutes
  • 19HolmesSubstituted forTurtonat 78′minutes
  • 25WardSubstituted forOndoat 88′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 2Turton
  • 11Mahoney
  • 14Ruffels
  • 34Spencer
  • 35Diarra
  • 41Bilokapic
  • 45Ondo

Hull

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Baxter
  • 2Coyle
  • 5Jones
  • 4Greaves
  • 3ElderSubstituted forSinikat 45′minutes
  • 27SlaterBooked at 50minsSubstituted forDochertyat 56′minutes
  • 7TufanSubstituted forSeriat 56′minutes
  • 33ChristieBooked at 60mins
  • 20PelkasSubstituted forWoodsat 55′minutes
  • 16LongmanBooked at 68minsSubstituted forSmithat 86′minutes
  • 19Estupiñán

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 6Figueiredo
  • 8Docherty
  • 11Sinik
  • 15Woods
  • 22Smith
  • 24Seri

Referee:
Tim Robinson

Attendance:
18,628

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