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Huddersfield 1-1 West Ham: Terriers struggle to finish chances

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Alex Pritchard gave the home side hope as Huddersfield Town scored just six minutes into the match, but they failed to capitalize on a multitude of chances the rest of the way, and Felipe Anderson equalized for West Ham to earn each side a point.

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The start to the match was electric, and Huddersfield had the better of the run. They nearly scored inside two minutes as Steve Mounie nearly powered a header inside the bottom of the crossbar off a corner, but Lukasz Fabianski was there to make a fabulous save, tipping the ball off the woodwork and out.

The hosts would not be dismayed, however, and would open the scoring six minutes in. After the Hammers coughed up the ball in their own defensive third, Pritchard and Jonathan Hogg combined for a messy buildup and Pritchard caught Fabianski off guard with a low shot tucked inside the bottom-right corner.

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Huddersfield almost grabbed a stunning second when Mounie whipped in a cross from the left flank and it very nearly went into the back of the net over a leaping Fabianski, but it thumped the inside of the post and pinged back out as goal-line technology never indicated a score.

Again, West Ham cheaply gave the ball away in the defensive third on 26 minutes, and it gave Fabianski more work to do as Mounie broke through but was stopped by the Hammers goalkeeper one-on-one.

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The Hammers got their first true opportunity just past the hour mark as Robert Snodrass flicked a corner off his head and just inches wide of the far post, a quality re-direct that just missed by a fraction. That was the start of a West Ham flurry that would see them eventually equalize. Substitute Michail Antonio whipped a good chance just over the bar on 72 minutes, and then Felipe Anderson was the man to pull the Hammers back level two minutes later.

Snodgrass made a run down the left edge of the box and just reached the ball before it met the byline. His cross went over the net and fell to Marko Arnautovic in acres of space, but he whiffed. Javier Hernandez pounced and shot but a charging Jonas Lossl smothered that chance. The ball still trickled away, and after Antonio’s turn-and-shoot was blocked by one of the nine defenders now panicking in the box, it fell to Anderson who finally buried the ball into the back of the net with a high shot into the top-right corner.

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It’s Anderson’s third Premier League goal in his last two matches, after a brace in last week’s 4-2 win over Burnley. Huddersfield hoped to go back in front, but substitute Erik Durm pulled a powerful shot just wide with nine minutes remaining. The Terriers continued to pummel Joe Hart‘s net as stoppage time arrived, but couldn’t find a winner. Substitute Laurent Depoitre just couldn’t reach of a dangerous cross from Terence Kongolo in the 93rd minute as the final whistle came.

With the match finishing level, Huddersfield will be disappointed not to secure all three points, remaining in the relegation zone with seven total points. West Ham remains in 13th with a 12-point haul thus far.

At the half: Newcastle, Huddersfield, Southampton all lead at home

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It’s been a great first 45 minutes for teams at the bottom of the table as relegation-threatened Newcastle, Huddersfield Town, and Southampton all lead at home. The visitors had all yet to break through until Bournemouth pegged Newcastle one back just before the break.

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Huddersfield Town 1-0 West Ham

The home side has been dominant, with West Ham giving the ball away in its own half on the regular. Alex Pritchard scored six minutes in, and the Hammers have yet to respond. Steve Mounie has hit the crossbar twice, as the visitors can consider themselves lucky not to be down by more.

Newcastle United 2-1 Bournemouth

Solomon Rondon has a first-half double as the Magpies have struggled at times but took their chances well. Bournemouth pulled one back just before the break as Jefferson Lerma struck six minutes deep into first-half injury time. The visitors will also have concern for Adam Smith who was stretchered off in the first half with a non-contact injury that led to the significant added time.

Southampton 1-0 Watford

Manolo Gabbiadini scored his first Premier League goal since May and Southampton looks to pull away from the relegation zone. Danny Ings came off injured close to the end of the opening 45.

Leicester City 0-0 Burnley

In the first home game since the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City had emotion on its side early on and put that to good use. Jamie Vardy had an effort cleared off the line in the best chance of the first half, but Burnley has held firm to this point.

Huddersfield 1-0 Fulham: Terriers break home duck, send woeful Whites bottom

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Huddersfield Town got its first home goal in nearly 11 hours, and in the process pulled itself off the bottom of the table at the opponent’s expense.

The hosts were disciplined and clinical, and showed a level of desire the visitors couldn’t come close to matching as Huddersfield Town beat Fulham 1-0 at Kirklees Stadium to pull off the bottom of the Premier League table and send the Whites plunging to the basement in the process.

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The early portion of the match was cagey as the teams felt each other out, but Fulham began to pick up the pace. Huddersfield capitalized on a sloppy mistake, winning the ball in the attacking half as Phillip Billing rattled the crossbar with a powerful long-range effort in the 16th minute.

The hosts had the better attacking mentality through the opening half-hour, dominating the midfield. Alex Pritchard forced Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico into a fine diving save in the 28th minute that he palmed over. On the ensuing corner, Huddersfield found the back of the net for the first time in front of the home fans in nearly 660 minutes. While the initial delivery was headed back out towards the corner flag, it was sent back in and found the head of Christopher Schindler who rose higher than Timothy Fosu-Mensah and buried the chance. It was later changed to a Fosu-Mensah own-goal after replay showed it clipped the Fulham defender.

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While the Whites failed to show any sort of cohesion, Huddersfield saw out the rest of the first half. Fulham made a pair of changes at halftime as Kevin McDonald and Cyrus Christie came on after the break, and they immediately pressed the issue. Alexandar Mitrovic just missed the top corner with a header on 54 minutes.

Fulham showed some signs of desperation in the final 20 minutes, but struggled to get by the organized Huddersfield defense. Andre Schurrle put the ball in the back of the net in the 75th minute, but it was ruled out as Mitrovic was called for offside. Schurrle then had a two-on-two break in the 81st minute but was indecisive as he got closer to net and shanked his shot well wide.

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The win moved Huddersfield off the bottom of the Premier League table, up to 18th on six points with the season’s first league victory. The Terriers are level on six points with 17th placed Newcastle but owners of a much worse goal differential. Fulham takes their place on the bottom, with just five points this season and a -17 goal differential due in large part to the leaky defense.

Slavisa Jokanovic could be at the end of his tenure in charge of Fulham, as a $128 million investment this summer has been nothing short of a disaster on the field. Jokanovic started Andre-Zambo Anguissa for the fifth time in the Premier League, but left expensive new arrival Alfie Mawson on the bench yet again, choosing Denis Odoi and Maxim Le Marchand as the preferred defensive partnership. He has been unable to mesh the Championship Playoff winning squad with the summer purchases, as the team has shipped 29 goals so far through the first 11 league matches, the most of any team in the Top 5 European leagues.

Watch Live: Huddersfield v. Fulham

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Huddersfield Town host Fulham on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as the teams meet in the Premier League for the first-time ever in what is best described as a relegation six-pointer.

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Even at this early stage of the season the two bottom teams meeting, with just one win between them so far, suggests a win for either would be key in terms of momentum in the upcoming weeks and months.

In team news Huddersfield bring in Kongolo, Mounie and Hadergjonaj.

Fulham bring in Maxine Le Marchand for Tim Ream.


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Preview: Huddersfield v. Fulham

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  • Huddersfield bottom, without a win
  • Fulham second bottom, conceded PL-high 28
  • Huddersfield yet to score at home

Huddersfield Town host Fulham on Monday in the Premier League (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in what can best be described as a relegation six-pointer.

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Yes, we know it’s a little too early for talk like that but with Huddersfield bottom of the table and without a win so far this season and Fulham second bottom and leaking goals galore, this game feels like a big one in terms of momentum for both clubs.

This is the first time the Terriers and Cottagers will meet in the Premier League.

In team news Huddersfield have a fully-fit squad apart from USMNT midfielder Danny Williams who is still battling back from an ankle injury.

Fulham will welcome back captain Kevin McDonald from suspension but Joe Bryan is definitely out.


What they’re saying

David Wagner on Huddersfield sticking together: “Over the last three years, and the starting point that we had, this has created a relationship (with the board) where we know we can only continue to be successful if we stick together, and if we have the right thing in our head.”

Slavisa Jokanovic on Fulham’s expectation levels: “I cannot complain about the supporters. I know many, many people are around us. I know how they want us to be successful. I know our target is to do everything to win the game and make them satisfied. Miracles don’t exist. We need some kind of time. Time doesn’t exist and we have to accept that we are going to make it immediately some kind of reaction.”


Prediction

This is it, Terriers fans. This feels like the moment where Huddersfield’s luck changes and if they’re going to score against anyone, it is going to be Fulham. 2-1 win for the home side.