Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town – Sky Bet Championship:
This week’s game choice in the Championship is Nottingham Forst vs Huddersfield. The high-flying Terriers came into this match with the sense they had something to prove with their push for automatic promotion fading badly over the past few weeks with back-to-back defeats against strugglers Bristol City and Burton Albion. They another side towards the bottom end of the table on Saturday, with Nottingham Forest sitting just two points above the drop zone were only two points off the drop zone! Let’s see what happened:
Huddersfield’s automatic promotion hopes were dealt a further blow as Nottingham Forest gave manager Mark Warburton a fully-deserved first win at the fourth time of asking.
Forest created a host of first-half chances and led in the 32nd minute when youngster Ben Brereton squared the ball across the box for Eric Lichaj to tap in.
Town then managed to get a foothold in the game and started to show the class many expected to see from the start. They created chances but Elias Kachunga could only steer his great opportunity wide while Nahki Wells forced Jordan Smith into two saves. But Jamie Ward then pounced on Dean Whitehead’s poor header to race through and beat Terriers keeper Danny Ward.
However, with the game seeming to swing their way, The Terriers were punished for failing to take their chances. Just before the hour mark, Jamie Ward pounced on a poor backpass from Dean Whitehead’s and raced through to beat Terriers keeper Danny Ward.
The match finished 2-0 to Forest. A result that lifted them 19th place on 45 points, five clear of Blackburn in the final relegation place. As for Huddersfield, they were left to rue another missed opportunity in what is turning into an alarming slump in form. They now sit ten points behind Newcastle in second albeit with a game in hand.
Man of the Match:
In my opinion, the best player on the pitch was young seventeen-year-old Ben Brereton who came from the Forest academy. He set up American right back Eric Lichaj for the first Reds’ goal. Brereton played right wing and caused mayhem amongst the Terrier’s defence!
A fantastic win for Nottingham Forest which has now put them within touching distance of securing Championship survival. Huddersfield meanwhile have a lot of work to do to prepare themselves for what will be a tough playoff campaign.
By Max Hayes.