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Albion 1 Huddersfield Town 2

24 February 2018

ALBION fell to a 2-1 Premier League defeat against Huddersfield Town at The Hawthorns.

Rajiv van La Parra fired the Terriers into the lead shortly after the interval, an advantage which was doubled by Steve Mounie eight minutes later.

Craig Dawson's 64th-minute header from substitute Chris Brunt's corner gave the Baggies hope but they could not find a leveller.

Head Coach Alan Pardew made one change from the FA Cup defeat to Southampton, Kieran Gibbs recovering from illness to replace Gareth McAuley.

Neither side created a clear-cut opening inside a tense opening half an hour as defences came out on top against probing attacking play.

Ben Foster and captain Jonny Evans came to the rescue as Albion cleared their lines amid a goalmouth scramble while James McClean volleyed over when well placed at the other end.

But it was the Terriers who opened the scoring in the 48th minute, Van La Parra - who scored the only goal when the two sides met earlier in the season - slotting home Collin Quaner's low ball from 12 yards.

Eight minutes later it was 2-0 as Mounie found the net having been sent clean through by former Baggies loanee Alex Pritchard.

Brunt was immediately introduced off the bench and it was not long before he sent in a trademark corner which was headed home by Dawson.

Danny Williams' long-range volley brought a super save from Foster before opposite number Jonas Lossl produced an equally impressibe stop to keep out Brunt's free-kick.

Albion pressed in search of an equaliser but it did not come and it was the visitors who travelled back to West Yorkshire with all three points.

ALBION: Foster, Dawson, Evans (c), Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips (Burke 81), Barry (Livermore 69), Krychowiak, McClean (Brunt 57), Rodriguez, Rondon.

Subs: Myhill, Nyom, McAuley, Yacob.

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