Five-star Ter­ri­ers crush Cher­ries

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Colin Hen­rys

JAMES Vaughan’s hat-trick en­sured Hud­der­s­field made it back-to-back league vic­to­ries as they recorded their best start at this level since 1996.

Vaughan’s tre­ble, sand­wiched by su­perb in­di­vid­ual goals by Adam Ham­mill and Adam Clay­ton pow­ered boss Mark Robins to the 100th win of his man­age­rial ca­reer de­spite Marc Pugh’s con­so­la­tion.

Af­ter the bat­tle with in­juries Vaughan en­dured at the start of his ca­reer, he has net­ted seven times in just five games this sea­son and Robins was quick to praise the striker.

“Scor­ing goals is what he’s there for and that is what he lives for,” he said. “He’s work­ing hard, he wants to do well and he’s got the re­wards for that.

“He came in on loan last year and his per­for­mances were such that the fans de­manded we made it a per­ma­nent move and he’s car­ried on this year.

“I’m de­lighted with his ap­pli­ca­tion and I’m de­lighted with ev­ery­body’s ap­pli­ca­tion.

“At home, it’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause we get to see and hear how the crowd re­act to our pass­ing. We saw it here, there was a quiet spell and it went a bit flat but we were just be­ing pa­tient.

“Bournemouth are a very good team and caused us prob­lems. I know that’s easy to say when you’ve just won but it is true.”

Ham­mill showed great in­di­vid­ual skill to fire the Ter­ri­ers in front on 14 min­utes, re­ceiv­ing the ball in the area be­fore jink­ing through three tack­les and pok­ing home.

Bournemouth re­sponded well and Lewis Grab­ban could have equalised six min­utes later, but failed to beat Alex Smithies with a close-range header.

As Town be­gan to take con­trol, only saves by Cher­ries’ stop­per Ryan All­sop de­nied first Vaughan and then Jonathan Hogg on the halfhour.

But the hosts’ pres­sure soon told, as Vaughan met Ham- mill’s in­ven­tive out­side-foot cross to dou­ble the lead with a pow­er­ful 37th-minute header.

Five min­utes later,Vaughan got his sec­ond of the game, rac­ing on to Martin Pater­son’s well-weighted through ball to score.

And Vaughan com­pleted his hat-trick on 57 min­utes, con­vert­ing from the spot when Si­mon Fran­cis caught Jake Car­roll late.

Sub­sti­tute Pugh pulled one back on 68 min­utes with a header across goal, but it proved lit­tle more than a con­so­la­tion.

Clay­ton sealed a com­pre­hen­sive home vic­tory in the 78th minute with a stun­ning left-footed 25-yard strike into the top cor­ner.

For the vis­i­tors it fol­lows their 61 thrashing at Wat­ford in their last away game, but boss Ed­die Howe in­sists they will not be chang­ing their at­tack­ing style.

“We en­cour­age that style of play – we work on it all the time and that won’t change,” he said. “Win, lose or draw, that’s how we want to play.

“It was a sim­i­lar story for us at Wat­ford re­ally. I thought we made a bright start, I thought we were in the game but we con­ceded some poor goals.

“We cer­tainly need to im­prove de­fen­sively, but our main down­fall I thought was with the ball.

“For a few goals I re­mem­ber us giv­ing the ball away in good ar­eas and you can’t do that at this level.We re­acted re­ally well to the de­feat at Wat­ford though and the chal­lenge is to do the same.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

HAT-TRICK HERO: Hud­der­s­field’s James Vaughan cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the third goal for the Ter­ri­ers

scores ON TAR­GET: Adam Ham­mill

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