Written by Morgan Lecomber
Saturday 17th September 2016
Huddersfield Town 2-1 QPR
A goal a piece from loanees Kasey Palmer and Elias Kachunga sealed another 3 points for the Terriers to keep them top of the pile for another week.
League leaders Huddersfield welcomed QPR to the John Smiths Stadium on a warm, Saturday afternoon.
Over 20,000 fans packed into the ground for the Championship clash, including 700+ making the journey from London.
Town in their traditional blue and white, kicked towards the bouncing South Stand, who once again didn’t disappoint. From the word go Huddersfield were on the attack, QPR were looking like a side who had just been beaten 6-0 in their own back yard only a few nights ago.
Rajiv Van La Parra was causing all sorts of problems for Rangers right back Nedum Onouha in the early stages as Town were doing all the pressing. Kasey Palmer was another who started brightly working hard on and off the ball for Huddersfield. It didn’t take long for him to get his reward.
In the 14th minute a Tommy Smith cross was beaten by everyone in the box, found Van La Parra on the left hand side who whipped a delightful ball back across the goal for Palmer to notch his second goal of the season for Town and give them a well deserved lead.
Ex Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies had no chance whatsoever to keep out Palmer’s header from a mere few yards. QPR barely threatened the Huddersfield goal for the first period. A half chance fell for Steven Caulker but he failed to connect properly with his head and the ball sailed over for a goal kick.
In the 30th minute Van La Parra the troublemaker for Town was at it again but his shot was blocked this time but the ball fell 35 yards out to left back Chris Löewe, Town fans screamed “Shoooooot”, he abliged but his effort was not very handsome and thunderbolted into the away end.
Town were hungry for more and plenty inside the stadium were left baffled at the half time score only being 1-0. Nevertheless they were in front once again at the break. I can only imagine the QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had plenty to shout about to his players as the first half could only be described as domination from Huddersfield.
The QPR manager, as expected did make a change, in fact 2, as Sebastian Polter and Ariel Borysiuk replaced striker Conor Washington and experienced midfielder Karl Henry. Unfortunately both of the substitutes made little impact as Huddersfield started the second half as they finished the first.
In the 57th minute Town had a huge penalty appeal as Nahki Wells beat Grant Hall and went down but the ref waved away and play continued. On the hour mark Huddersfield thought they had doubled their advantage when the dangerous Elias Kachunga struck in Palmer’s chip, only for the offside flag to save QPR’s skin.
But it wasn’t long before the Town fans were on their feet once more, when in the 62nd minute Tommy Smith crossed a deep ball in and arriving at the far post was that man Kachunga to head home his 3rd goal of the campaign. In the 76th minute the ground fell silent as Tommy Smith went down. To many it looked like he was unconscious but thankfully a minute later he was on his feet and on the sidelines.
QPR took the corner as Huddersfield were down to 10 momentarily as Smith was off the field and they took full advantage of the extra man as substitute Sylla rose highest to give the R’s a lifeline. Although the 4th official added a minimum of 6 minutes the Terriers held out and honestly, the game was never really in doubt. Town had bossed throughout and the fans roared them on to a sixth win of the season.
David Wagner’s men stay top of the league for another week. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink however must be feeling the pressure after another defeat leaving QPR in 16th.
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featured image by Neil Turner