A second half strike from Aaron Mooy gave Huddersfield Town a consecutive victory in round two of the Premier League as they beat Newcastle 1-0 at The John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
- Huddersfield Town 1 Newcastle United 0
- Lossl denies Ritchie
- Newcastle penalty appeal
- Mooy opens scoring
- Perez misses equaliser
After an uneventful first half, Mooy broke the deadlock early in the second half with a great curled shot that found the corner of Jonas Lossl’s goal to give the hosts the lead.
Newcastle responded well and the introduction of their new striker Joselu seemed to turn the game around but Rafael Benitez’s side could not find an equaliser and Huddersfield’s dream return to the Premier League continued.
The hosts started the game well and dominated the opening 15 minutes. They enjoyed a few chances with the most promising coming from Tom Ince as the forward struck a first-time effort from the edge of the box but straight at Rob Elliot.
Newcastle responded well and just a minute later a quick attack saw Matt Ritchie release a great curling effort from within the box only to be kept out by Lossl with a fantastic save.
Huddersfield came close five minutes later when Elliot failed to punch a corner clear and Steve Mounie looked to punish the Newcastle keeper but was just unable to get his head to the ball.
Newcastle then had a penalty appeal turned down two minutes before the half-hour mark as Christain Atsu’s header looked to have struck Chris Lowe’s hand but Craig Pawson saw nothing in the incident and waved on play.
Five minutes later Newcastle had another penalty shout as Dwight Gayle fell over in the box after a challenge from Christopher Schindler but again the referee was not convinced.
The teams returned to the change rooms at half time after a very subdued opening period without much to speak of besides the save Lossl made to deny Ritchie.
The second half started with a much-needed spark as Mooy played a good one-two with Elias Kachunga before letting loose a great curling effort that beat an outstretched Elliot to secure Huddersfield’s first top-flight goal at home in 45 years.
The goal was big wake up call for Newcastle who finally began showing some good attacking intent and substitute Joselu found himself with some space in the box as he shot low to force a save out of Lossl which resulted in a corner.
The set-piece saw Ciaran Clark flick the ball on to Ayoze Perez who could only volley over from close range.
The Magpies continued to press Huddersfield but their lack of venom in the final third ultimately cost them as they left with nothing whilst Huddersfield returned to second on the table after two wins in the first two rounds.