Terriers rescued as Mooy fluffs last-gasp winner

Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town.


AARON Mooy had a penalty saved deep in stoppage time but it mattered little as Huddersfield Town still beat Preston North End 3-2 in the English Championship.

The penalty itself was controversial as Preston striker Jordan Hugill was adjudged to have fouled Hudderfield’s Elias Kachunga off the ball deep in stoppage time and referee Lee Probert gave the penalty.

Mooy stepped up only to see his spot kick saved by Preston keeper Chris Maxwell before Colin Quaner reacted to belt home the rebound for the match-winner.

Mooy also assisted Huddersfield’s first goal when his corner was headed in by Elias Kuchunga in the 43rd minute.

The win keeps Huddersfield’s faint automatic promotion hopes alive and left manager David Wagner happy with the way they played as a team.

“That sums up what we have seen from the team this season,” Wagner said of the late goal.

Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town.

Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town.Source:Twitter

“When one player makes a mistake another one steps forward. That’s what we are all about.

“It was one hell of a win. It was pure entertainment with a happy end for us. It was a fantastic performance.”

Asked if he was still looking at the top two, Brighton and Newcastle, Wagner said: “I will be so happy when I don’t have to answer this question anymore!

“It was never about the top two, it’s only about us and what we do.”

Aiden McGeady put Preston ahead before Kachunga made it 1-1 at half-time. Jack Payne put Huddersfield in front but Hugill headed home with 11 minutes left.

Preston boss Simon Grayson was left furious over the penalty. “I have seen some bizarre decisions but none more frustrating than this,” he said.

“I have spoken to the players and the referee and seen it on DVD and it’s clear that Jordan didn’t push him. It was a very poor refereeing decision.”

Huddersfield weren’t the only big guns to win, league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion extending their lead at the top with a 2-0 away win over Wolverhampton, thanks to a brace from Anthony Knockaert.

The win puts them on the bring of promotion to the Premier League, especially as Newcastle stumbled to a late 1-1 draw with Leeds.

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Newcastle took the lead in the 67th minute before a Chris Wood goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time saw Leeds equalise.

In the race for the final playoff spot seventh-placed Fulham recorded a 3-1 win over Norwich to keep in touch with sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, who themselves scored a 1-0 win over Cardff with an 84th minute goal from Fernando Forestieri.

Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo played the full 90 minutes for Queens Park Rangers in a 2-1 loss to relegation-threatened Bristol City. And while Bristol gave themselves some breathing space, moving four points clear of the drop zone it wasn’t the case for Jackson Irvine’s Burton Albion side. They went down 2-1 to Ipswich, leaving them just one place above the drop zone and two points clear of Blackburn Rovers.

Originally published as Terriers rescued as Mooy fluffs last-gasp winner

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