Huddersfield ended their lengthy residence scoring drought as Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s headed personal purpose gave them their first win of the season and despatched Fulham backside of the Premier League desk.
Fosu-Mensah received the ultimate contact of the ball to ship it into his personal web as he jumped with Christopher Schindler to attempt to head away a Chris Lowe left-wing supply.
It had been 659 minutes since Huddersfield discovered the online on residence soil – by means of Tom Ince’s injury-time winner towards Watford on 14 April – and it was reward for a efficiency that showcased power and endeavour within the first half and self-discipline and dedication within the second.
Fulham weren’t within the recreation earlier than the break and whereas they improved, they’ve now conceded a record-equalling 29 objectives within the opening 11 video games of the marketing campaign.
Monday’s defeat exacerbates what has already been the Cottagers’ worst ever begin to a top-flight season.
That is represented of their new league place, which sees them degree on 5 factors with Cardiff and 20th courtesy of the league’s worst purpose distinction.
Huddersfield stay within the backside three and are only a level and two locations above Fulham, however will probably be buoyed by their superiority over a relegation rival and the arrogance enhance of a primary victory in 15 top-flight matches.
City off the mark
Huddersfield set the tone for the night within the early levels, dominating possession, urgent excessive and snapping into tackles to win the ball again at any time when Fulham threatened to counter.
It shortly grew to become clear that this was a fragile Fulham facet, stripped of confidence and there for the taking, which the Terriers nearly did when the tireless Jonathan Hogg dispossessed Aleksandar Mitrovic in midfield to arrange Philip Billing for a 30-yard drive that struck the crossbar.
Undeterred, the Terriers caught to their constructive recreation plan and had been rewarded when Fosu-Mensah beat Schindler to the ball however succeeded solely in heading it in simply earlier than the half-hour mark.
City had been dealing with the prospect of turning into solely the second facet in English Soccer League historical past to fail to attain of their first six residence video games of a season, becoming a member of Mansfield who failed to attain of their first 9 within the third tier in 1971-72.
It was a great time, then, to face the highest division’s weakest defence.
The house facet had been understandably much less forward-thinking because the second half wore on, focusing all their efforts right into a defensive show that helped them handle and see the sport out with out conceding.
Extra to observe.