The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

HUD­DER­S­FIELD have ev­ery right to feel ag­grieved. For­get the sec­ond goal. Mur­phy’s chal­lenge was brave and his fin­ish in­tel­li­gent. In the cold light of day, Ward will know he made an er­ror.

But the opener was a dive – let’s not call it any­thing else – from Ritchie and the re­main­der of the match was dom­i­nated ut­terly by the home side.

Mooy was won­der­ful again, for­ever keep­ing the ball tan­ta­lis­ingly out of New­cas­tle’s grasp. Van La Parra probed and drove. At 2-0 down against the league lead­ers, many sides would have crum­bled. Not Hud­der­s­field.

They kept press­ing, il­lus­trat­ing their class, show­cas­ing the freak­ish fit­ness that has be­come a hall­mark un­der David Wag­ner. Their dis­play de­served much more.

Take noth­ing away from New­cas­tle though. Luck played its part but so did de­fen­sive dis­ci­pline and an abil­ity to soak up pres­sure. Given Brighton’s de­feat at For­est, it is safe to say the Toon are go­ing up.

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