Huddersfield continued their excellent start to the season with a comfortable 2-1 victory over a Queens Park Rangers side shot of confidence after a heavy midweek defeat to Newcastle United.
After both sides suffered midweek defeats, there was a nervous start to the game which resulted in Queens Park Rangers starting on the front foot for a five-minute spell.
However as Huddersfield found their rhythm and regained their confidence, they took control of the game and seemingly never looked back.
In the 14th minute, Kasey Palmer slipped a pass on the inside of Jake Bidwell to Huddersfield’s positive full-back Tommy Smith, his cross was recycled and Rajiv van La Parra’s sumptuous cross perfectly found Palmer in acres of space in the six yard box to plant the header past former Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
After the goal, Huddersfield controlled the game with Kasey Palmer and Aaron Mooy’s comfort in possession proving too much for Queens Park Rangers to handle, the heavy possession nullified an already defensive minded Queens Park Rangers with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side being limited to long-range attempts.
After Queens Park Rangers somehow survived at the half time break being only a goal down, as the second half progressed, it seemed inevitable that Huddersfield would get a second. Queens Park Rangers had already received warnings with a strong penalty appeal and a disallowed goal showing that Huddersfield was coming closer.
The second goal did arrive in the 62nd minute after Jonathan Hogg’s inviting pass in the right hand channel was picked up by Tommy Smith who surged down the right hand flank unchallenged before a perfectly weighted cross found Elias Kachunga, the 24-year old’s header looped over Smithies and seemingly gave Huddersfield an unassailable lead.
Queens Park Rangers were to score a consolation goal when Tjaronn Chery’s cross found summer signing Idrissa Sylla who somehow squeezed his header past Kasey Palmer on the line but it proved to be too little too late as Huddersfield professionally saw out the game to earn their sixth win of the season.
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