Alex Pritchard

West Brom 1-2 Huddersfield Town: Terriers climb

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  • Van la Parra gives Terriers lead
  • Mounie makes it 2-0
  • Dawson pullback not enough

Rajiv Van la Parra and Steve Mounie scored second half goals to boost Huddersfield Town four points clear of the drop zone with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Craig Dawson scored to give the Baggies hope of a comeback, but it was deflated and West Brom is now seven points back of safety with 10 matches to play.

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West Brom saw an early chance fall to Salomon Rondon, but the Venezuelan blazed over the bar.

Huddersfield were unlucky with a chance produced by Florent Hadergjonaj, as an Alex Pritchard shot caught a teammate in the face and the Terriers couldn’t clean up the loose ball.

Matt Phillips provided a typical fine cross to James McClean near the halftime whistle, but the Irish attacker belted it high.

Town took the lead after halftime, as Van la Parra’s mishit cross was rescued by Collin Quaner and sent into the goal by the same man who bungled the cross.

And Mounie made West Brom’s short-term and long-term fate look dim by putting down a second Town marker off an assist from club record signing Pritchard.

Hold on, though.

Dawson had an answer for the hosts off a Chris Brunt cross, and it was nearly level when Jonas Lossl denied Brunt late on.

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Huddersfield Town 4-1 Bournemouth: Mounie a marvel

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  • HTAFC record signing Pritchard scores
  • Mounie assists, then bags brace
  • Town’s first win in nine
  • Stanislas with lone Cherries goal
  • Mooy injured

Steve Mounie scored twice and added an assist as Huddersfield Town pulled out of the drop zone with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at a rainy John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday.

Alex Pritchard scored Town’s first goal and drew a penalty in stoppage time, converted by Rajiv Van la Parra, as the club moves into 16th with 27 points. That’s two points clear of the drop zone.

Junior Stanislas netted for Bournemouth, briefly leveling the score. The Cherries finish the day in 10th with 31 points.

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Diminutive record signing Pritchard scored his first goal for Huddersfield Town in the eighth minute, taking one-touch of a pass from patient Mounie to curl a left-footed shot around the splayed body of Asmir Begovic.

Bournemouth scored on its first chance of the night, as in-form Ryan Fraser cut a ball around the Huddersfield defense and onto the boot of Stanislas to make it 1-1 in the 14th minute.

An Aaron Mooy free kick was turned past Begovic by the head of Mounie to make it 2-1 in the 28th minute.

It was nearly 2-2 within five minutes, but a training ground free kick from Charlie Daniels to the center of the box saw Steve Cook side-foot the ball beyond the back post.

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Pritchard dribbled into the box within 30 seconds of the second half, but hit his shot wide of the near post.

An awful giveaway from Steve Cook set up Mounie for the third goal, as Van La Parra picked off an errant clearance and found Mooy. The Australian spotted Mounie, who scored near post.

Mooy was stretchered off in the 77th minute. The influential midfielder was hurt in a coming together with Lewis Cook, though it was reported to be a deep cut on the knee that required stitches.

Pritchard was then dropped in the box, with Van La Parra beating Begovic from the spot.

Huddersfield sign Pritchard for $15 million

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Huddersfield Town have signed Alex Pritchard from Norwich City for a club-record $15 million, which includes add-ons.

Pritchard, 24, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract at the John Smith’s Stadium. The silky midfielder came through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur’s academy before signing for Norwich in the summer of 2016 for $11 million, and since then he’s become a key member of the Canaries, creating havoc from a wide playmaking position.

The former England U-21 midfielder becomes David Wagner‘s second signing of the January transfer window, following the loan signing of Dutch international defender Terence Kongolo from AS Monaco, and the Terriers’ manager was delighted to land his man.

“I’m very happy to be able to welcome Alex to Huddersfield Town. He is exactly the type of player that we like to work with at this club,” Wagner said. “Alex is a young, British player who arrives as one of the top performers in the Sky Bet Championship and with a desire to prove himself in the Premier League. Now we will work hard with him to give him every possibility of being a success for us in the top division.”

Pritchard will provide Huddersfield with a different kind of attacking prowess to the pace and trickery of Tom Ince, Collin Quaner, Elias Kachunga and Rajiv Van la Parra out wide. His ability to get on the ball, dictate the tempo of the game and drift inside from the flanks will help the Terriers mix things up. Pritchard can also operate as a No. 10 and he will no doubt be eager to grab his second chance in the PL with both hands.

After coming through the ranks at Spurs’ academy at the same time as the likes of Harry Kane, Pritchard, like Kane, was loaned out to lower-league opponents on numerous occasions. He has mixed it up in the lower leagues and provided quality on the ball in those testing conditions, especially with Brentford in 2014-15, and his game should suit the PL.

At Huddersfield he will be given the chance to be their chief creator.

With the Terriers four points off the relegation zone with 16 games of the season to go, surviving relegation remains their main aim in their debut season in the Premier League.