Huddersfield Town came up against a strong AFC Bournemouth side who remain undefeated so far in the Sky Bet Championship. The hosts were ruthless on Saturday afternoon as they put Huddersfield to the sword, setting the pace early on through Dominic Solanke's penalty. He doubled the lead 11 minutes later with Lloyd Kelly sealing the game late in the second half.
Bournemouth started the contest with more of the ball with Town pressing the backline. The first half chance went to the Terriers on the break but Fraizer Campbell was well chased down before he could get off a shot, although the press by Campbell was very good.
But the contest would soon take a turn as a penalty to Bournemouth meant they would take the lead. Ollie Turton brung down Solanke in the box, he converted sending Lee Nicholls the wrong way from the penalty spot. Town reacted positively after the goal, getting back into their press and moving the ball around nicely when they did win it back.
Nice work from Josh Koroma and Harry Toffolo down the left channel allowed Town to get in behind the Cherries, but the hosts recovered well to force the ball out for a goal kick, this was the start of Town thriving in the game with Sorba Thomas launching a shot moments later from a free kick but getting too much on the ball as it was fired over the bar.
The Terriers did try and find a way back in the game but the quality of Bournemouth shone through. Attacking changes were warranted and a possible change of system to 4-3-3, with Danel Sinani playing centrally ahead of Jonathon Hogg and Lewis O'Brien. But Kelly made sure of the win in the 65th minute. The home side working a corner short, Christie's clipped cross hit on the volley by Kelly from close range.
After the loss, the Terriers boss spoke to the press and was disappointed with the way the game played out.
"In these type of games we know its important to defend very well and after to use our opportunities to attack”, he said.
”We know that they are a very offensive team. For me to work well in defence was very important today. We couldn't score in the opportunities that we had. One team finished the actions better in this game. Once they scored the third goal everything was complicated and the dynamic had to be changed. They were better than us in some areas of the pitch and we couldn't recover the ball. The solution is simple we need to improve as a team."
Corberan admitted the opposition were a class above in the game, he said:
"The conclusion that I took was that they are a strong team and I want to see my team improve. We want to grow and that is going to be our mentality from Monday, to face this type of opponent. We must be competitive.
”With the few opportunities we had today we couldn't convert and score. They had many more chances than us and managed the game more accurately and the dynamic had to be changed when it became more challenging. We must accept the defeat now."