Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Huddersfield Town 0 Crystal Palace 2: Terriers flop to Palace loss

Huddersfield Town 0 Crystal Palace 2: Terriers flop to Palace loss

James Tomkins scored the opening goal at the John Smith's Stadium, from Milivojevic's corner, as Palace won a league game for the first time in two months to move two points clear of the bottom three.

The victory moved Palace up to 16th place, on 30 points, a point behind Huddersfield, who are 15th, and with bottom pair Stoke and West Brom losing, it was the flawless day for Hodgson and his team.

Zaha had been sidelined for almost seven weeks with injury, with Palace losing all four games without him and he was a constant threat to the Huddersfield defence all the game.

"That's where Wilf comes into his own because with his ability on the ball he can go past people".

"We have had a hard run of games and to get something here at least puts us back in some sort of equilibrium", he added.

"It's important how you manage defeats and a disappointment like today".

Palace were dealt another injury blow after Jeffrey Schlupp had to be replaced by Yohan Cabaye on 21 minutes after he hobbled off following a crunch challenge.

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As for David Wagner's men, who failed to register a single shot on target before 80 minutes at home, the Terriers have some serious work to do in order to retain their top-flight status.

The previous 89 minutes had been a lesson in why Zaha is integral to Palace's hopes of beating the drop as he injected a confidence and swagger into a team that struggled without him.

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"I don't know if it is a definite injury", the manager told a news conference.

But despite taking the game to the visitors, Huddersfield did not muster one shot on target in the first half, while Andros Townsend fired over the crossbar at the end of a Palace counter attack shortly before half-time.

Huddersfield were posing little threat with lone striker Steve Mounie getting little support while Palace's defence looked solid with Mamadou Sakho impressive.

"The second goal was important".

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