The Terriers suffered a hammer blow in the Sky Bet Championship after being brutally beaten at the hands of the Canaries in Norfolk. A hat-trick from Teemu Pukki and a five star performance all round pushed the Canaries every so nearer to promotion, as Carlos Corberan's men were pushed down to 19th place in the league table, unable to follow up their good point against Brentford at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Norwich City ran away with the show as Pukki opened the scoring, Todd Cantwell playing in the striker who bundled the ball in from close range. 12 minutes later in the 20th minute Pukki would make it two after Emi Buendia sent in a ball forward for Pukki to run onto, he took a few touches before smashing the ball into the back of the net. Buendia and Cantwell also got themselves in on the act, Cantwell receiving the ball from Buendia to curl into the far corner just after Buendia side footed the ball home from outside the box.
Matters did get worse as the Canaries made in five before half time, a psychologically damaging defeat for the Terriers, Buendia and Kieran Dowell playing two perfect one-twos before the former put it on a plate for Dowell to tap in, adding to the pain for Town on the night.
The second half wasn't to be any different as Pukki registered his hat-rick from the spot, putting him just three goals behind Ivan Toney this season, a remarkable feat to say the least for the forward. Jordan Hugill finished the night off in style for the hosts, adding Norwich's seventh in the 79th.
After their disappointing loss, the Town boss spoke to club media and gave his thoughts on the result during the 90 minutes.
The Spaniard apologised to the Town faithful after the embarrassing loss and accepted responsibility
"I must say sorry to all our fans. We could not control anything that Norwich did. The ultimate responsibility is with me as Head Coach, I pick the players and give the ideas, and none of them worked."
On the fans of the club and the strategy in the second phase of the game
"We know the fans, who are behind us, will have watched that and suffered. At half time, the only option we had was to change the image and feeling of the team. The option of the result was gone."
His intentions were not to lose in this manner
"We came here trying to extend the positive dynamic. The performance and result tonight was the worst. Any consequences have to come directly to me. Everything that happened tonight came from my ideas. I must analyse this and continue the battle."
Huddersfield have a vital game up next, Rotherham United the visitors at the weekend on home territory at the John Smith's Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship, with Bournemouth on the list on the April 13th at the John Smith's Stadium.
Town are now 19th, eight points separate themselves and the drop zone. The Terriers will need better performances and results if they are to secure safety at the bottom end of the table as soon as possible, and stay in the second tier of English football.