Huddersfield Town have returned to home action with a 2-0 defeat at the John Smiths Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in the West Yorkshire derby.
Two second-half goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez separated the two sides, despite Town’s best efforts.
Huddersfield started the game well without really creating a clear-cut chance. The closest they got was when the ball was flicked on but Mounie was unable to beat keeper Kiko Castilla to the ball.
However, it was Leeds with the first big chance of the game, a rehearsed corner making its way to Mateusz Klich whose shot cannoned off Grabara’s right hand post.
In the 19th minute Town had their first big chance of the game, a free-kick whipped in and Steve Mounie with a great header destined for the top corner if not for a top save from Leeds keeper Castilla.
He was called into action a few minutes later after Mounie, whose height was causing Leeds problems, won a header from a corner, but it was straight at the Spaniard.
Leeds started to get more of a foothold on the game after 25 minutes with Bamford firing over from distance. They increased the pressure with a string of corners but failed to create anything from them.
Castilla made a huge error in the 41st minute, misjudging a long ball from the Terrier’s. Mounie got his head to it ahead of the Leeds number one, the ball falling to Grant whose shot was going in but for Luke Ailing’s header over his own bar.
As half time neared there were few chances, the best falling to Helder Costa whose quick swivel and shot from a quick throw in soared over the bar.
Leeds started the second half much better, going in front in the 50th minute. Huddersfield’s attempted clearance from a corner finding Alioski on the edge of the box who volleyed past the keeper.
It was an excellent finish, keeping it down after coming at him with pace and showing the quality oozing through this Leeds side.
From here on in the game became stretched as Huddersfield searched for an equaliser. Leeds looked more threatening with their lead, Hernandez firing just wide as Leeds started to show their class.
Grabara made a great save from Bamford’s header after a Harrison cross. Seconds later Town worked the ball in to the Leeds half, with Josh Koroma’s excellent cross finding Mounie. Once again, the striker’s header was on target but Castilla made another top save to deny him.
Leeds doubled their lead on 77 minutes; the ball was worked to Jack Harrison on the left who put in an inviting ball for Hernandez to head in at the far post.
Town nearly responded instantly, again Castilla misjudging the ball into the box with Karlan Grant heading wide with the goal at his mercy.
Town then had another good chance after a long ball over the top but Mounie just couldn’t get enough on the ball to direct it goalward and was substituted shortly after.
Matty Daly who replaced him fired just wide of the post minutes after coming on as Town started to look a threat, maybe due to Leeds taking their foot off the gas.
The game fizzed out towards the end as Leeds settled for their two-goal margin. They go to top for the time being, but West Brom can go back top should they beat Swansea.
Huddersfield can take a lot of positives from the game, they impressed throughout the first half and created good chances against the promotion favourites.
Their youngsters held their own in a tough game against tough opposition, but Town failed to score while on top and when they tired Leeds stepped up their game and Town couldn’t cope.
For the Terriers, next up is a trip to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night where Danny Cowley will be hoping that his side can respond against the Addicks.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-2-3-1)
Kamil Grabara; Florent Hadergjonaj, Jon Gorenc Stanković, Christopher Schindler (c), Demeaco Duhaney; Jonathan Hogg, Juninho Bacuna; Josh Koroma (Kian Harratt, 72’), Karlan Grant, Elias Kachunga; Steve Mounié (Matty Daly, 82’)
Unused subs: Joel Coleman; Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Scott High, Josh Austerfield, Ben Jackson
LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1)
Kiko Casilla; Ezgjan Alioski, Gaetano Berardi, Luke Ayling (c), Stuart Dallas; Ben White; Jack Harrison, Mateusz Klich (Oliver Casey, 84’), Pablo Hernández, Hélder Costa (Barry Douglas, 86’); Patrick Bamford (Eddie Nketiah, 76’)
Unused subs: Kamil Miazek, Bryce Hosannah, Robbie Gotts, Jack Clarke
Referee: Gavin Ward