Newcastle United had their best win of the season this afternoon against a side who were said to be the in-form team in the Championship and we won the game 3-1 after being 2-0 up at half time.
Matt Ritchie scored from a penalty after 10 minutes then Daryl Murphy showed why he should have started with a good goal after 32 minutes to make it 2-0 at the break.
Newcastle gave away another soft penalty for the second game running when referee Roger East deemed Elias Kachunga was fouled in the box.
Well at least we got a penalty ourselves today.
Daryl Murphy after scoring
That was Daryl Murphy’s 4th goal of the season for us and he should be playing more than he has been – because he scores goals when he’s given a chance.
In the second half Mooy scored from the penalty spot after 72 minutes and it looked like the Terriers were back in this game.
But about 8 minutes before the penalty Dwight Gayle had been brought on and would you believe it but one minute into stoppage time and Dwight Gayle scored his 21st league goal of the season.
As we had said last week Dwight can get goals out of nothing and in this case he took advantage of a mistake by the goalkeeper Joel Coleman, who had played the two games against Manchester City.
Coleman had replaced starting goalkeeper Danny Ward at the break because of injury – and scored after the goalie was too far out of his box following a Huddersfield corner.
Huddersfield had over 70% of possession in the game, but that doesn’t mean all that much these days and with teams playing counter attack, Huddersfield carved out few clear-cut chances as our defense once again looked very solid today.
And don’t say our lads can’t play under pressure – they were great again today and that’s two massive wins for Newcastle in five days.
And since Brighton were beaten 3-0 at Nottingham Forest we are now five points ahead of Brighton and 11 points ahead of Huddersfield.
Newcastle seem to be surging at just the right moment, but we must not rest on our laurels and we must win again on Tuesday night at Reading.
And Matt Ritchie again didn’t get booked, so he can start against the Royals on Tuesday night.
A massive win by the lads today and they deserve great credit.
So does manager Rafa Benitez of course.
Howay The Lads!!
Huddersfield: Ward (Coleman, 46), Smith, Schindler, Hefele, Lowe (Quaner, 86), Mooy, Billing (Hogg, 66), Kachunga, Brown, La Parra, Wells.
Subs not used: Hudson, Crainie, Payne, Lolley.
Newcastle: Darlow; Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback (Gouffran, 72); Ritchie, Diame, Atsu (Yedlin, 81); Murphy (Gayle, 65).
Subs not used: Elliot, Gamez, Hanley, Perez.
Bookings: Schindler 33, Colback 35, Anita 45, Clark 46, Shelvey 61
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)