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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 06:03 AM

Cherries beaten at Huddersfield


Goals from Adam Hammill and Adam Clayton either side of a James Vaughan hat-trick were enough to sink the visitors, who will feel that the scoreline was harsh after they dominated possession for large periods of the match. 

Eddie Howe made two changes to the side that ran out winners over Wigan Athletic at the Goldsands Stadium. Club captain Tommy Elphick replaced Elliott Ward at the heart of defence with the former Norwich City man returning to Dorset after his wife went into labour.

On-loan midfielder Andrew Surman also replaced Marc Pugh, whilst Miles Addison and Charlie Daniels were named on the substitutes’ bench – the latter returning from the injury sustained in the defeat to Watford. 

Huddersfield, who narrowly avoided relegation on the last day of the 2012/13 season, came into the game buoyed by a 1-0 victory away at Millwall and they started the game brightly.

However the Cherries soon found their rhythm with Scottish winger Ryan Fraser continuing his impressive form, finding space on the right wing and putting numerous teasing crosses into the Terriers box.

It was the hosts that broke the deadlock on the 14th minute though as Hammill weaved his way through the Cherries defence and his shot found the back of the net via the post.

The Cherries responded positively to the setback, with Fraser again at the heart of all of the Cherries attacks. 

In the 16th minute his cross found Pitman, but his overhead kick blocked by the body of a Terriers defender.

Just four minutes later and again Fraser got away from his man before sending in an inch-perfect cross to in-form striker Lewis Grabban. The marksman, who already has four goals to his name this season, couldn’t nestle his header beyond Alex Smithies and the ‘keeper gathered.

Jonathan Hogg then came close for the home side from a clever corner routine, but it was James Vaughan who doubled their lead a minute later.

The number nine rose highest to meet a deep cross into the box and powered his header into the back of the net. 

He then added a third just three minutes before the break, keeping his composure having been put through one on one with Allsop to place his shot perfectly in the corner of the net.

Howe opted to introduce Eunan O’Kane at the start of the second period as the Cherries looked to find their way back into the game.

With chances few and far between in the opening minutes, the visitors woes were added to as referee Darren Bond pointed to the spot, adjudging Francis to have brought down defender Jake Carroll.

And Vaughan made no mistake from the spot, placing the ball beyond Allsop to record his hat-trick and extend the Terriers lead to four.

There was brief reason for the travelling Cherries supporters to cheer on the 68th minute as substitute Marc Pugh got on the end of a Simon Francis cross to head home beyond Smithies.

With the Cherries full of endeavour and buoyed by Pugh’s goal, they continued to enjoy prolonged spells of possession. 

But the hosts netted their fifth on the 78th minute, with a spectacular long range goal from Clayton flying beyond Allsop.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Hammill, Vaughan (Stead 80), Hogg, Clarke, Gerrard (Woods 76), Norwood, Paterson (Scanell 80), Clayton, Carroll, Lynch.

Unused substitutes: Bennett, Hunt, Gobern, Ward.

Goals: Hamill (14), Vaughan (36,42,57), Clayton (78)

Cherries: Allsop, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Harte, Fraser, Arter, MacDonald, Surman (O’Kane 45 (Hughes 63), Pitman (Pugh 58), Grabban.

Unused substitues: Flahavan, Addison, Daniels, Thomas.

Goals: Pugh (68)

Booked: Pitman, Hughes.

Attendance: 12,025 (Away: 335)

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