Hud­der­s­field are back in the groove as they saw off Nor­wich City

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By An­drew Pa­trick

HUD­DER­S­FIELD Town boss David Wagner dubbed Nor­wich City one of the best sides in the Cham­pi­onship, de­spite beat­ing them at Car­row Road and pil­ing more pres­sure on Ca­naries man­ager Alex Neil.

Elias Kachunga was the Ter­ri­ers’ hero with a dou­ble to down the for­mer Premier League side.

The striker gave Hud­der­s­field a fifth-minute lead, only for Jonny How­son to equalise a minute later, but his sec­ond, just be­fore the break, proved de­ci­sive.

And Wagner, whose side stretched their win­ning run to three, praised his team’s re­silience af­ter bouncing back from five games with­out a win.

“This was a great week and I'm giv­ing the play­ers to­mor­row (Satur­day) off !” he said. It’s im­por­tant they spend time with fam­ily around Christ­mas.

“It was an­other strong per­for­mance from the lads, like we have done in the last week. Even when we lost a few games we still per­formed well and I think our fight­ing and work­ing and at­ti­tude was great.

“It was only Pre­ston and Ful­ham, and Bur­ton to be fair, where we per­formed poorly, but the other games we were un­lucky, which is why we maybe have fewer points than we want.

“We scored some good goals and played some good stuff over a long pe­riod of the game. We had a lit­tle bit of luck, which you need against one of the best teams in the di­vi­sion.

“We are happy and I’m very proud of the boys. We made five changes af­ter we beat Bur­ton, and that ro­ta­tion pol­icy is what you have to do if your squad isn’t the big­gest and you like to play this in­tense style for the whole sea­son.”

Kachunga opened the scor­ing in the fifth minute, but Nor­wich were ag­grieved af­ter the 24-yearold ap­peared to be in an offside po­si­tion when Tommy Smith crossed for him to head home.

The Ca­naries were back in the game just a minute later, though, when Rob­bie Brady’s cross was met by How­son, whose header found its way past Danny Ward.

Nahki Wells al­most re­stored Hud­der­s­field’s ad­van­tage af­ter the half-hour mark, but the visi­tors did not have long to wait for a sec­ond as Kachunga poked home af­ter a one-two with Smith.

And the striker missed a chance to com­plete his hat-trick in the sec­ond half, but when Se­bastien Bas­song’s late header failed to find the Ter­ri­ers’ net, the game was won.

Nor­wich have now won just twice in their last ten league fix­tures, and Neil knows he can­not dine out on for­mer glo­ries at Car­row Road.

“What I did a year ago doesn’t mat­ter now, re­sults are the be all and end all. There’s al­ways go­ing to be pres­sure, the Nor­wich fans de­mand and de­serve that we win more games than we lose,” said the Scot.

“Ob­vi­ously the re­sult was the most im­por­tant thing and we didn’t win the game. The dis­ap­point­ing thing was we had a lot of clear-cut chances we didn’t take.

"In the first half we didn’t play par­tic­u­larly well, we didn’t play with in­ten­sity and I thought we looked leggy.

“But in the sec­ond half it was the op­po­site, we were in their faces and in con­trol of it, but the op­por­tu­ni­ties we had didn’t go in the back of the net.

“I’ve seen other teams play against Hud­der­s­field, Pre­ston and Ful­ham for ex­am­ple, and they’ve hunted and pressed and caused prob­lems.

“But you’ve got to do that with in­ten­sity, and in the first half we didn’t.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

AT THE DOU­BLE: Hud­der­s­field’s Elias Kachunga cel­e­brates scor­ing his sec­ond goal with team­mates KA-CHUNG: The striker scores his first

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