Mooy stars as Hud­der­s­field down Palace

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - DAVID DAVUTOVIC

A SU­PERB Aaron Mooy guided Hud­der­s­field Town to a fa­mous 3- 0 win away to Crystal Palace on his Pre­mier League de­but.

The Soc­ceroo dis­pelled any myths about his abil­ity to tran­si­tion into the world’s most pop­u­lar league, pro­vid­ing two as­sists and hav­ing a hand in the sealer.

Mooy pro­duced an in­tel­li­gent, com­mand­ing and clin­i­cally bal­anced dis­play, as he and two- goal hero, new sign­ing Steve Mounie vied for man- ofthe- match hon­ours.

It took Hud­der­s­field’s 3000 trav­el­ling con­tin­gent just two min­utes to break into their favourite Mooy chant.

His first few de­ci­sive ac­tions were tack­les and in­ter­cepts deep in de­fence, in­clud­ing block­ing star Wil­fried Zaha, but then an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic yet ef­fec­tive crunch­ing 20th minute tackle turned the game.

Palace’s Luka Milivo­je­vic was left rolling on the deck as Hud­der­s­field cre­ated their best early chance and three min­utes later they opened the scor­ing.

Mooy drew a tackle and won a cor­ner be­fore a re­hearsed set piece saw his cor­ner flicked on by Mathias Zanka as Joel Ward turned it into his own net.

Man­ager David Wag­ner has turned Mooy into a deep- ly­ing mid­fielder with a li­cence to break.

Three min­utes later and sens­ing Palace’s frail­ties, Mooy burst down the left and de­liv­ered a pin­point left- footed cross for Mounie to head home.

This Aussie could well de­ter­mine Hud­der­s­field’s EPL fate.

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