Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves: Steve Mounie ends Terriers winless run
Last Updated: 27/02/19 6:14am
Steve Mounie scored a dramatic injury-time winner to end Huddersfield's three-month winless run as they beat Wolves 1-0 on Tuesday.
The Terriers had not tasted victory in a Premier League match since November 25 when Wolves were dispatched 2-0 at Molineux but Mounie swept home in the 91st minute to notch his second goal of the season.
The victory, which was celebrated wildly by boss Jan Siewert on the touchline, still leaves Huddersfield 11 points from safety but offers small hope that a great escape could be on.
Wolves, who could have gone seventh by avoiding defeat, were lacklustre throughout and failed to register a single shot on target.
Siewert rang the changes from the defeat at Newcastle, making eight of them including handing a full Premier League debut to England U20 international Demeaco Duhaney at right-back.
Huddersfield: Lossl (7), Durm (7), Duhaney (6), Kongolo (7), Stankovic (7), Schindler (7), Hogg (7), Billing (7), Pritchard (6), Grant (7), Mounie (7)
Subs: Bacuna (7), Mooy (7), Kachunga (7)
Wolves: Patricio (6), Doherty (6), Bennett (6), Boly (6), Coady (6), Jonny (6), Dendoncker (6), Moutinho (5), Neves (5), Jimenez (5), Jota (5)
Subs: Cavalerio (6), Costa (6), Gibbs-White (6)
Man of the match: Steve Mounie
He was rarely tested, despite his lack of experience, as Wolves started very cautiously but Huddersfield didn't possess the quality in the final third to make their slackness pay.
Raul Jimenez headed wide from a free-kick and Matt Doherty fluffed his lines from a tight angle as the opening period passed with little incident.
Huddersfield were tenacious in the tackle yet they didn't seem capable of adding to their paltry tally of just six goals at home this season, especially when Mounie headed into the side netting from close range on the hour mark.
With Wolves still drifting through the game, Jonathan Hogg almost flicked a cross home from the right but his effort looped inches over the crossbar.
The game seemed to be heading for a uneventful stalemate but the hosts mustered one last attack and punished Wolves for their sloppy performance.
Aaron Mooy provided the much needed quality down the right and his skiddy cross found Karlan Ahearne-Grant, whose shot was turned home by Mounie. It was just his second goal from his last 47 attempts on goal in the Premier League.
The relief and joy for all concerned with Huddersfield was palpable as they recorded just their third win of the season, summed up by Siewert, who couldn't contain his excitement on the bench.
Man of the match: Steve Mounie
It was looking like one of those days for Mounie as the clock ticked into stoppage time. The striker has missed a golden headed opportunity to put his team in front and his confidence looked shot. However, the French striker kept on believing and kept on getting into those dangerous areas. He got his reward with a moment everyone associated with the club will remember from a season that has delivered little in terms of euphoric moments.
- Seventy nine per cent (11/14) of the Premier League points won by Huddersfield this season have come against newly-promoted teams - six vs Wolves, three vs Fulham and two vs Cardiff.
- Wolves have lost eight of their last nine away league matches against Huddersfield.
- Six of Huddersfield's last nine Premier League wins have come against teams beginning with W - two apiece against Watford, West Brom and Wolves.
- All five of Huddersfield's clean sheets in the Premier League this season have been against newly-promoted teams - two vs Cardiff and Wolves and one vs Fulham.
- Huddersfield Town are one of four sides that Nuno Espirito Santo has faced more than once as Wolves boss in all competitions without winning, along with Man City, Sunderland and Swansea City.
- Wolves named an unchanged starting XI for the 12th time in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.
- Wolves have lost seven of their 12 Premier League matches against teams starting the day bottom.
- Steve Mounie scored just his second Premier League goal of the season for Huddersfield, with both of his goals coming at the John Smith's Stadium.
Manager reaction: Jan Siewert
"You can't believe how much they suffered when they are not winning.
"They deserved everything form the game. They left their hearts on the pitch.
"They showed another face so that's a big thing for the squad today."
Manager reaction: Nuno Espirito Santo
"In the first half we weren't able to play. We rushed too much. There was no fight. It wasn't one of the best performances.
"It was one moment on the counter-attack where we lost the ball. We cannot, until the referee says it's over, it is not over.
"We must look at the next one. We have to improve. We have a tough game at Molineux now."
Huddersfield's next fixture is a trip to Brighton on Saturday while Wolves host Cardiff.