Manchester United loanee helps Sunderland secure key win over Huddersfield Town


Amad then continued his promising form with a late breakaway goal to send the traveling support into delirium.

In truth, it was far from a vintage display from the Black Cats, partly because of some of their own possession errors, but also partly because of a Huddersfield Town side whose defensive organization has failed. is clearly significantly improved under new head coach Mark Fotheringham.

Quality moments were rare but the counter that led to Pritchard’s goal was one of them, and the attacking midfielder took great pleasure in celebrating in front of the fans who had booed him throughout.

As they had done at Luton, Sunderland started badly, too often giving away possession of their own half and offering encouragement to a side bolstered by their win over Millwall on this turf the previous days. They had a big disappointment when Rudoni, who the Black Cats tried to sign in the summer, collected a free-kick on the edge of the box and was allowed to turn. The strike from midfield was clean and Patterson was definitely beaten, but his effort burst just above the crossbar.

Mowbray put on a frustrated figure as his side struggled to enter the final third, mainly because they weren’t holding the ball long enough.

That slowly started to change, and a quarter of an hour later they had a big chance when O’Nien swung in a cross from the bottom of the right flank. The Huddersfield defender followed Dajaku’s run through goal, but it left Cirkin free at the back post, and although he hit the bouncing ball well the first time, he put it wide of the second post.

Three minutes later, Dajaku did the same from almost exactly the same position, reacting quickest when Nicholls knocked down a Corry Evans effort in the danger zone.

Alex Pritchard scores for Sunderland

In truth, it was the final moment of real drama in a dismal half as conditions continued to deteriorate. To reflect how bad the conditions both teams were working in, there was at one point a break in play as an advertising banner was blown onto the pitch.

The break seemed to suit the hosts better, with Rudoni firing just wide from the edge of the box as Sunderland started slowly even with Simms now on the pitch.

Mowbray’s side were open at will, and only a tentative finish from Holmes allowed Patterson to deny it when played clear on goal, before Rhodes hit the follow-up over the bar from a good position. Sunderland were on the ropes, from where they chained a quite magnificent counter. Amad and Roberts played a delicious 1-2 and the latter slipped the ball for Pritchard who converted for the first time. After being roundly mocked for slipping a few minutes earlier, he has now celebrated with his fingers in his ears.

Mowbray moved quickly to overhaul his midfield from the bench and that helped slow down play and the hosts. Amad approached just inside the box as the visitors leveled off and threatened intermittently, but the game remained too close for comfort and Diarra underlined that by firing just wide on the break.

The hosts went close twice in the closing stages but Ward and Boyle couldn’t convert from close range as Sunderland held on, adding their second when they broke away and Simms played a good 1 -2 with Amad, who shot through Nichols’ legs.

Town of Huddersfield XI: Nicholls; Ruffels, Spencer, Ruffels, Helik, Nakayama (Diarra, 45); Kasumu (Mahoney, 70), Camara; Rudoni, Jackson (Boyle, 88), Holmes; Rhodes (district, 62)

Replacements: Bilokapic, Mbete, Russell, Boyle

Sunderland XI: Patterson; O’Nien, Wright, Batth, Cirkin; Evans (Neil, 61), Embleton (Ba, 61), Pritchard (Bennette, 90); Roberts (Matete, 79), Amad, Dajaku (Simms, 45)

Reservations: Camara, 42 Batth, 57 Holmes, 81 Ba, 86

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