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Huddersfield 2-1 Forest

21 December 2019

Joe Worrall's second half goal wasn't enough for Nottingham Forest as they fell to defeat against Huddersfield Town this afternoon.

The defender scored with 15 minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish but The Reds couldn't find a crucial leveller and head home empty handed.
Christopher Schindler and Steve Mounie goals either side of half-time had given Huddersfield a two-goal lead which proved too much for Forest to claim anything from a heated encounter in West Yorkshire. 
Sabri Lamouchi made four changes to the side that was defeated by Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. Defenders Chema and Tobias Figueiredo replaced Jack Robinson and Michael Dawson, while Joe Lolley came back into the side, replacing Joao Carvalho. Fellow midfielder Samba Sow also returned to the side in place of Ryan Yates after a lengthy spell out with an injury.
Forest started brightly, looking to make amends for the heavy defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. Lewis Grabban and Sammy Ameobi were both causing problems amongst the host's back four but failed to trouble Kamil Grabara.
It was actually full back Matty Cash who went closest in the opening quarter of an hour. The defender carried the ball into the home side's penalty area but dragged his effort just wide of Grabara's right-hand post.
As the first half wore on, The Terriers started to find their way back into the match and found themselves in front shortly after the half-hour mark. After an initial volley was blocked by Joe Worrall in the visitor's penalty area, the ball eventually fell to Christopher Schindler who smashed home passed Brice Samba.
Forest almost had the perfect response a minute later but Ameobi's left-footed effort from the edge of the host's penalty area skimmed past the post. 
Huddersfield held onto the lead at the break despite the best efforts of Forest in the closing stages of the half.
The hosts made the perfect start to the second half, doubling their lead through Steve Mounie. Brice Samba was unable to deal with the forward's header at the back post after a corner from the left.
Forest were now desperately seeking a goal to get them back into the match, driving forward in numbers with every attack. In doing so they were left short at the back and the hosts nearly took advantage through Karlan Grant. The striker unleashed a powerful right-footed effort from the edge of the penalty area only to be denied by a good save by Samba.
Lamouchi made his first change of the match on 66 minutes, Samba Sow replaced by Alfa Semedo, and the substitute had the ball in the back of the net shortly after coming on but Worrall was adjudged to have been offside in the build up.
Forest did get the ball in the back of the net on 74 minutes and this time it did count. Worrall met a corner from the right and superbly headed the cross past Grabara to give the visitors a lifeline.
The visitors were dominating the play with Lolley a constant threat. The former Huddersfield man nearly drew Forest level with five minutes remaining when he saw his effort tipped around the post by Grabara in the Terriers goal. 
As the game came to a close, Joao Carvalho saw a curling effort saved and Matty Cash was denied by a superb point-blank save but Forest couldn't find the leveller as Huddersfield hung onto their 2-1 advantage to claim all three points.
Forest: Samba, Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Chema, Watson (c) (Yates 86'), Sow (Semedo 67'), Silva, Ameobi (Carvalho 76'), Lolley, Grabban

Unused subs: Muric, Robinson, Dawson, Adomah

Goal: Worrall 75'

Bookings: Sow 39', Figueiredo 57', Watson 66'

Huddersfield: Grabara, Simpson, Schindler (c), Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Chalobah, Hogg, Kachunga (Koroma 79'), Bacuna (Brown 87'), Grant, Mounie

Unused subs: Coleman, Edmonds-Green, Duhaney, Daly, High

Goals: Schindler 32', Mounie 49'

Bookings: Chalobah 63', Hogg 70', Grabara 80'

Referee: Andy Davies

Attendance: TBC

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