Huddersfield Town picked up their biggest win under manager Carlos Corberan as goals from Josh Koroma, Pipa, and Lewis O’Brien gave them a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Millwall at the Den.
Koroma tidily tucked a bouncing cross into the bottom corner to put the Terriers ahead against the run of play in the 19th minute but Corberan’s side were the better team in the 70-plus minutes that followed.
They capped off an impressive display through substitute Pipa and then Lewis O’Brien in the closing moments of the game.
Returning to the side after suspension, Naby Sarr was superb in the centre of the visitors’ defence and will likely have given Millwall’s forwards nightmares – such was the dominance of his display.
The hosts were still without Gary Rowett in the dugout but headed into the game searching for their fourth win in five against a Huddersfield side who had lost their last two.
The two side’s differing recent fortunes were clear in the early stages with Millwall keeping their visitors pinned inside their own half and launching a number of probing crosses into the Terriers’ box. Twice the hosts saw players go to ground after tussles in the box but referee Gavin Ward didn’t see an infringement on either occasion.
But it was Coberan’s men that had the first real chance of the game just after the 10-minute mark. Mahlon Romeo lost possession allowing Josh Koroma to burst through but his strike was well blocked by Murray Wallace.
It proved a case of third time lucky for Koroma, who saw an effort saved by Bartosz Bialkowski before scoring the opener in the 19th minute. The ball was floated to Adama Diakhaby on the right-hand side of the penalty area and his header back across goal reached the feet of Koroma, who tucked it into the bottom corner.
The 21-year-old’s second goal of the season may have come against the run of play but after going one up it was the Terriers that were playing much of the football as the half wore on.
Jed Wallace began to exert his influence as half time edged closer and the hosts pilled pressure on Corberan’s side, with Connor Mahoney forcing Ben Hamer into a diving save minutes before the break.
Both sides made changes at the half, Millwall bringing on Matt Smith for the disappointing Tom Bradshaw and the Terriers introducing Juninho Bacuna as Alex Pritchard’s replacement, with the latter picking up an injury late in the first half.
The second period started at a breakneck pace but both sides found clear-cut chances hard to come by, Millwall’s best effort coming through a high Jed Wallace drive and Isaac Mbenza rolling a shot wide of the upright for Huddersfield.
On the 60 minute mark, Diakhaby nearly added a goal to his assist. Carrying the ball towards the hosts’ box he took aim from 25 yards out but his low effort slid wide of the right-hand post.
The introduction of Mason Bennett for Scott Malone meant a change in shape for the home side with around 25 minutes to go, Murray Wallace shifting to the left of a back four and an extra body added to the attacking effort in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
More numbers in the final third nearly handed the hosts an opportunity to level when Hogg was caught in possession but as he was all afternoon, Sarr was there to deny the Lions.
Huddersfield were more than happy to take advantage of more space going the other way and Bialkowski was forced to deny the visitors twice in quick succession as first Mbenza and then Koroma saw efforts repelled.
Corberan’s side would strike twice in the dying moments of the game, however, to give the Spaniard his biggest win since taking charge this summer.
Bialkowski could only parry a powerful strike from Pipa up over his head and was unable to recover in time to stop the ball crossing the line.
Huddersfield capped off their display in style not long after as Lewis O’Brien coolly fired the ball into the back of the net after a fast break.
A fantastic afternoon all in all for the Terriers.
Full Time: Millwall 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town