Returning Callum Wilson proves England credentials as Bournemouth beat Huddersfield

Returning Callum Wilson proves England credentials as Bournemouth beat Huddersfield

The visitors were helped by the fact that Juninho Bacuna, Huddersfield’s stand-in right back, completely failed to track Ryan Fraser’s run down the left, allowing the Scotland winger to cross for Wilson to chest in from more or less on the goalline.

Huddersfield heads dropped almost instantly. That lack of confidence was summed up as Steve Mounie, played in to space and with time to deliver a cross into the centre, shanked the ball into the air and out for a goal kick. Bournemouth’s defence got to half-time unscathed with little difficulty, and were rarely troubled in the second half either, although centre-back Chris Mepham made a fine tackle to deny substitute Karlan Grant.

Indeed, the visitors’ greatest concern on a cold afternoon was losing players to muscle injuries; Adam Smith went off in the first half, Brooks in the second.

Any concerns that they might fail to end a run of nine successive away league defeats was ended just before the midway point of the second half, when Wilson was found in space by Joshua King, and cut across goal for Fraser to score.

King then somehow failed to turn the ball in from almost on the line after Fraser’s free-kick had panicked the Huddersfield defence, but that rare and precious away victory was already secure.

 

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