2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Alex Pritchard (7')
  • Steve Mounie (27')
  • Steve Cook (66' OG)
  • Rajiv van La Parra (90'+5' PEN)
  • Junior Stanislas (13')

Huddersfield beat Bournemouth to climb out of drop zone

Steve Mounie's double helped Huddersfield to a 4-1 home win against Bournemouth, lifting them out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Alex Pritchard's early opener for the Terriers was quickly cancelled out by Junior Stanislas, but Mounie restored his side's lead before half-time and headed his eighth goal of the season in the second period.

Rajiv van La Parra rounded off a convincing win for Town by converting a stoppage-time penalty.

It was a crucial victory for Huddersfield, who notched their first points of 2018 after last week's defeat at Manchester United had extended their winless league run to eight matches and plunged them into the bottom three.

David Wagner's players displayed great spirit in front of watching England coach Gareth Southgate.

Bournemouth forced successive early corners, but Huddersfield opened the scoring with a superb counter-attacking goal by Pritchard in the seventh minute.

Left-back Scott Malone's excellent pass down the left wing set Mounie free and, after cutting into the penalty area, he pulled the ball back for Pritchard to convert his first Premier League goal and first for the club.

But Bournemouth were soon displaying the form that has propelled them out of the bottom three and up to 10th in just seven matches as they hit back with a fine goal of their own.

Ryan Fraser chased a ball down the right and curled a lovely cross to the far post where Stanislas applied an excellent finish, taking a touch with one foot and guiding the ball into the bottom corner with the other.

Such was the game's tempo that more goals were clearly on the cards.

Huddersfield centre-half Mathias Jorgensen headed Aaron Mooy's cross straight at Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, but soon after the home side restored their lead.

Mooy, looking more like the swashbuckling midfielder who drove Town forward earlier in the season, delivered a fine free kick after Lewis Cook's foul on Jonathan Hogg and Mounie headed beyond Begovic in the 27th minute.

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook's shot clipped a post as Huddersfield held on until half-time.

Town signalled their intent straight from the restart as Pritchard fired wide and Mooy pulled his effort narrowly off target.

Another dangerous Mooy cross was headed just over by Tom Ince and the home side's ambition was rewarded when they secured a two-goal cushion in the 66th minute.

Mooy was again the provider as he swept a low ball in from the left after Bournemouth had given away possession and Mounie steered a neat left-footed finish into the bottom corner.

Bournemouth responded, but with little conviction. Substitute Lys Mousset's effort was blocked by Hogg and it was Huddersfield who looked more likely to score a fourth.

The only sour note for the Terriers was Mooy leaving the field on a stretcher in the 76th minute with his left knee in a brace before Pritchard was felled by Dan Gosling in the area, leaving Van La Parra to convert form the spot.

English Premier League Standings

1 Liverpool 22 +40 57
2 Manchester City 22 +42 53
3 Tottenham Hotspur 22 +24 48
4 Chelsea 22 +23 47
5 Arsenal 22 +14 41
6 Manchester United 22 +12 41
7 Watford 22 0 32
8 Leicester City 22 +1 31
9 West Ham United 22 -2 31
10 Everton 22 +2 30
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 -5 29
12 AFC Bournemouth 22 -11 27
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 -6 26
14 Crystal Palace 22 -8 22
15 Burnley 22 -20 21
16 Southampton 22 -16 19
17 Cardiff City 22 -22 19
18 Newcastle United 22 -15 18
19 Fulham 22 -29 14
20 Huddersfield Town 22 -24 11