Match report: Southampton v Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town ended a miserable Christmas with yesterday's 4-1 reverse at a rejuvenated Southampton in League One.

It means the Terriers have not picked up a point from their two games over the festive period and Lee Clark's side remain in third place having missed two chances to jump into the division's automatic promotion spots.

The Terriers actually began the clash at St Mary's in impressive fashion and Lee Novak's first goal since returning from injury gave the visitors a 15th-minute lead.

However, danger man Rickie Lambert's crisp strike had the Saints back level just 13 minutes later and only another four minutes elapsed before the hosts had the lead thanks to Alex Chamberlain's strike.

The hosts then hit the bar through Adam Lallana who also forced Alex Smithies into a smart save while Lee Peltier went close for Town but five minutes after half-time the contest was over when Southampton's Radhi Jaidi powered home a header.

Town boss Clark then brought on Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe for Alan Lee but Saints bagged a fourth on 72 minutes after a powerful drive from Richard Chaplow.

Town are back in action on New Year's Day at Carlisle before a crunch clash with second-placed Sheffield Wednesday at the Galpharm two days later.

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