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Huddersfield 0-3 Man City: Champions ease past managerless Terriers

Raheem Sterling

Manchester City eased past managerless Huddersfield to move back to four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

David Wagner left the Terriers by mutual consent on Monday with the club bottom of the league, leaving coach Mark Hudson temporarily in charge.

City, who had netted 19 goals in their past three games, were not at their free-scoring best in the first half at the John Smith’s Stadium.

But the defending champions went ahead in the 18th minute when Danilo’s long-range effort deflected in off the head of Christopher Schindler.

The visitors then struck twice in two minutes after the break to put the game to bed, with Leroy Sane creating the first and scoring the second.

First, the Germany forward whipped in a cross for Raheem Sterling to dive and head in his 12th goal of the season.

Then Sergio Aguero cushioned a header for Sane to run on to and slot home past Jonas Lossl.

It was not a vintage display by Pep Guardiola’s side but they remain in title contention.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jan Siewert has been approached by Huddersfield for the vacant job, but he will face a mammoth task to keep them in the top flight if he takes over.

This was their ninth defeat in 10 league games and the result leaves the Terriers bottom of the table and 10 points from safety.

City get the job done

With Liverpool edging a seven-goal thriller against Crystal Palace on Saturday, City’s mission in Yorkshire was simply to win and stay in touch.

Guardiola tweaked his line-up with Gabriel Jesus, who had scored seven goals in his past three games, dropped to the bench in favour of Aguero, who made his first start since the 2-1 win over Liverpool on 3 January.

City should have been awarded a penalty in the 13th minute when Terence Kongolo went into the back of Sterling.

Danilo’s goal lifted a sloppy first half during which even Kevin de Bruyne, usually so assured in possession, was wasteful.

That was City’s 100th in all competitions this season – and they are the first side in Europe’s top five leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) to reach the landmark.

Bar the two-goal burst, the visitors were nowhere near their attacking best, even when the two Silvas – Bernardo and David – came on in the second half.

Aguero barely threatened and only managed one shot, a half chance in the first half.

It was not the demolition many had predicted but ultimately it was mission accomplished for City, who have now scored 23 goals without reply and not conceded for 386 minutes.

Goals a priority for new manager

Wagner’s name was sung by the home fans and banners paid tribute to the man who brought Premier League football to the club.

His temporary replacement Hudson was facing a daunting challenge in what may be his only match in charge, but he can feel some relief to have restricted the league’s top scorers to just three goals.

The 36-year-old former defender put his own stamp on the team and made six changes to the XI who started Wagner’s final game, a 0-0 draw with Cardiff.

But the line-up did not scream goals for a team who are the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season and have now only netted 18 in their past 37 matches in all competitions.

Former Monaco striker Adama Diakhaby started up top but he is yet to score this term, while on-loan Montpellier forward Isaac Mbenza is also goalless.

City keeper Ederson made just two saves, one in each half.

Substitute Steve Mounie had three chances late on, first shooting just wide, then heading at Ederson, and finally scooping a close-range effort wide with the last play of the match.

So goals will be top of the new manager’s in-tray, as will be improving the side’s dreadful home record. They have the worst in the league with just one win at the John Smith’s this season.

What’s next?

Huddersfield, who are already out of the FA Cup, have a weekend off before hosting Everton in the league on 29 January.

City travel to Burton for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, leading 9-0 from the first game. Burnley then visit Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, before a league game at Newcastle on 29 January.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 2Smith
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 15Löwe
  • 9Kachunga
  • 42Puncheon
  • 6HoggBooked at 43mins
  • 7BacunaBooked at 30minsSubstituted forPritchardat 64′minutes
  • 18Mbenza
  • 11DiakhabySubstituted forMounieat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Hamer
  • 20Depoitre
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Mounie
  • 25M Jorgensen
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 37Durm

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerBooked at 27mins
  • 30Otamendi
  • 14Laporte
  • 3Danilo
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 50minsSubstituted forSilvaat 59′minutes
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forDelphat 80′minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 10Agüero
  • 19SanéSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 18Delph
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 21Silva
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 47Foden
  • 49Muric
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
24,190

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

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Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Manchester City 3.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Manchester City 3.

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Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

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Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

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Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

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Hand ball by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

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Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva.

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Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Pritchard with a cross.

Substitution

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Substitution, Manchester City. Fabian Delph replaces Ilkay Gündogan.

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Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Isaac Mbenza.

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Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

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Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Attempt missed. Danilo (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

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Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

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Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

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Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Leroy Sané.

Substitution

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Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Alex Pritchard replaces Juninho Bacuna.

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Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town).

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Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

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Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Steve Mounie replaces Adama Diakhaby.

Substitution

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Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Fernandinho.

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Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danilo with a cross.

Goal!

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Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Manchester City 3. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero with a headed pass.

Goal!

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Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Manchester City 2. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leroy Sané with a cross.

Booking

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Fernandinho (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

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Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Christopher Schindler.

Second Half

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Second Half begins Huddersfield Town 0, Manchester City 1.

Half Time

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First Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Manchester City 1.

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Offside, Huddersfield Town. Adama Diakhaby tries a through ball, but Elias Kachunga is caught offside.

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Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

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Foul by Leroy Sané (Manchester City).

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Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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