Leeds United 1 Huddersfield Town 4: Big match analysis

Nahki Wells celebrates scoring Huddersfield Town's fourth goal. PIC: Tony Johnson
Nahki Wells celebrates scoring Huddersfield Town's fourth goal. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Check out our big match analysis after Leeds United’s 4-1 home defeat to Huddersfield Town.

GOOD DAY FOR

Nahki Wells: Failed to stick away the early penalty and took inevitable abuse for his troubles as the crowd at Elland Road resumed their taunting of a striker they have taken to the cleaners before. But Wells rode the embarrassment to produce an influential display in the second half, killing the derby by setting up Town’s third and scoring their fourth.

BAD DAY FOR

Alex Mowatt: His rash backpass which Marco Silvestri sliced behind was the start of a catalogue of errors which led to Huddersfield’s second goal, and ultimately their win. Mowatt showed welcome signs of life at Blackburn seven days earlier but he has endured a poor season by his standards and hasn’t come close to repeating the form which earned him the player-of-the-year award 11 months ago.

KEY MOMENT

Town’s substitution of Rajiv van La Parra: Wagner realised at half-time that despite the scoreline, Huddersfield had not seen enough of the game and van La Parra was offering him next to nothing. Harry Bunn replaced the on-loan Wolves player and made a huge difference, giving Town some penetration and asking questions of Leeds. Leeds couldn’t find the answers.

WHAT THEY SAID

Steve Evans: “I never think it’s a 4-1 game. It’s fine margins but they were better than us. They caused problems more often in the wider areas and it just look as if they wanted it more than we did.”

David Wagner: “It was a fantastic win, a brilliant result and a massive three points for us. In the second half we were very clinical.”

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