After the last gasp defeat to Burton Albion on Saturday, Huddersfield Town returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Alan Irvine’s spluttering Norwich City.
Three goals in the space of seven minutes from Elias Kachunga, Aaron Mooy and Nahki Wells were enough to see Town move back up into third place.
Town quickly put the two disappointing performances against Bristol City and Burton Albion behind them with a confident display of energy, vigour and fast flowing football.
On a pleasant Wednesday evening in front of the Sky cameras, a number of players across the board stood out in what proved to be both an excellent performance both individually and collectively.
The ratings below reflect our shared opinion of those who particularly impressed on a night in which Town returned to winning ways.
Danny Ward- 7
After an early scare spilling Alex Pritchard’s shot before quickly reclaiming it, Ward had a relatively comfortable evening considering his goal faced just two shots on target.
Tommy Smith- 7
Having set an extremely high standard for himself, Tommy Smith had yet another lively evening as he proved to be a constant attacking threat. Smith’s assist for Kachunga was his tenth of the season making him joint second in the Championship assist chart.
Christopher Schindler- 8
Facing Cameron Jerome who at this level can be a handful, Christopher Schindler had an excellent evening nullifying the Huddersfield-born striker and winning a number of aerial battles in yet another composed defensive display.
Michael Hefele- 8
Aside from a dubious yellow card for a flailing arm, Michael Hefele had another excellent defensive performance as he continues to forge a rock-solid partnership with Christopher Schindler.
Chris Löwe- 9
Despite often being a player who falls under the radar, Chris Löwe had an impeccable game at left-back. Precise passing in the final third, excellent interplay and a solid defensive performance, Löwe did not put a foot wrong.
Jonathan Hogg- 9 (Man of the Match)
After defying all odds and coming back from a suspected broken neck in just two weeks, Jonathan Hogg slotted back into the side seamlessly. A performance summarised by countless interceptions, tackles and passes. Jonathan Hogg’s man of the match performance ensured that Town was back to their best.
Phillip Billing- 8
Joining Jonathan Hogg in the deeper midfield positions, Philip Billing offered energy and athleticism in a dominating midfield performance. The Danish Under 21 international put in another excellent performance as he continues to thrive under the management of David Wagner.
Rajiv van La Parra- 8
Often a player who is under intense scrutiny and regarded as frustrating, Rajiv van La Parra’s mature performance saw the Dutch winger become untouchable at times. Much improved decision making and distribution of the ball played a crucial role in Town’s second and third goal.
Aaron Mooy- 8
Playing in an advanced midfield position, Aaron Mooy was less involved but more influential. Rather than playing the deep-lying playmaker role in which he dictates the tempo and recycles possession, Mooy had a free role to play and his incisive passes and well-taken goal showed that he is more than capable playing the number 10 role in the absence of Izzy Brown and Kasey Palmer.
Elias Kachunga- 9
A near faultless performance from Elias Kachunga began with him opening the scoring after a blistering turn of pace saw him beat Ryan Bennett to the ball before slotting the ball under Michael McGovern for his eleventh goal of the season. After a couple of lethargic performances in the past few weeks, Kachunga looked rejuvenated and a constant threat down Town’s right-hand flank.
Nahki Wells- 8
After missing a one-on-one early in the second half, Nahki Wells could have allowed his head to drop. However, the Bermudan centre forward continued to lead the line, linking up the play well. When Wells was given a second chance, he took the goal well which killed off any chance of Norwich clawing their way back into the game.