Huddersfield brought their five-match losing streak in the Premier League to an end with an emphatic home victory over Bournemouth that lifts them out of the relegation zone.
Alex Pritchard’s first goal for the club – scored by sweeping in Steve Mounie’s cut-back on his second start since joining in January – put the Terriers ahead after just seven minutes.
Bournemouth replied quickly as Junior Stanislas guided a delicate low finish just inside the post after collecting Ryan Fraser’s cross, but the home side then took hold of the game.When Mounie nodded his team back in front from Aaron Mooy’s free-kick, Huddersfield had scored as many goals in 27 minutes as they had managed in their previous seven league games.
Tom Ince should have added a third but badly missed the target with a header from about six yards out, before breathing space finally came via an own goal when Mounie’s first-time shot was deflected in by Steve Cook.Midfielder Mooy was carried off on a stretcher after suffering what looked to be a knee injury in a 50-50 challenge.
After Pritchard was brought down in the box in stoppage time Rajiv van la Parra converted from the spot to add further gloss on a vital win.Bournemouth’s club record run of seven matches unbeaten in the top flight now comes to end with a first defeat since 23 December, and they stay 10th.
Sunday’s victory lifts the Terriers up to 17th in the table, one point clear of the relegation zone. Their debut season following promotion from the Championship began so promisingly, but this is their first win in almost two months and their first points of 2018.However, David Wagner’s side will find themselves back in the bottom three if Southampton avoid defeat by Liverpool in the 16:30 GMT kick-off.
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