Huddersfield Town were back to their best on Wednesday night as they produced a comprehensive display to beat Norwich City 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Three goals in seven second-half minutes sealed the game for the Terriers, striking through Elias Kachunga and Aaron Mooy before Nahki Wells wrapped up the points.
The win moves David Wagner’s men back into third place in the Championship, overtaking Reading who won 3-1 against Blackburn on Tuesday.
It was the home side who started on top, seemingly determined to prove a point after a shock home loss to Burton Albion on Saturday, with Philip Billing hitting the post in the opening minutes.
Rajiv Van La Parra then had a chance to whip in quality when he burst free on the left side, but his early cross lacked the accuracy to trouble the Canaries.
Town continued to press, and the wide threat was further evidenced when Michael McGovern kept out Kachunga’s far post header.
Norwich were the first team to have the ball in the net however; Huddersfield-born Cameron Jerome bundling Alex Tetley’s low cross home in the 38th minute only to be ruled out for offside.
Nahki Wells had the first major chance for Town after the break as he raced through on goal, but McGovern did well to anticipate and kick his weak shot away.
The game’s defining moment came when defender Ryan Bennett failed to deal with Tommy Smith’s hopeful pass forward; Kachunga outpacing his opponent before firing in first time.
Not long after, the lead was doubled. This time it was the Australian loanee Mooy who made it 2-0 with a low shot that beat McGovern at his near post from inside the box.
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Wells then completed the scoring seven minutes after Kachunga had bagged the first as he fired in a third with a venomous low shot.
Another plus point to Town’s win came through a return for midfielder Jonathan Hogg less than three weeks after a neck injury which threatened to rule him out for the remainder of the season.
Wagner’s men move nine points behind Brighton with a game in hand ahead of a trip to relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest on Saturday.