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Timothy Fosu-Mensah's own-goal handed victory to Huddersfield
Timothy Fosu-Mensah's own-goal handed victory to Huddersfield

Timothy Fosu-Mensah's first-half own goal gave Huddersfield a 1-0 home win against Fulham and their first Premier League victory of the season.

Fosu-Mensah headed into his own net, under pressure from Town's Christopher Schindler as Huddersfield halted an eight-game home run without a top-flight goal - and moved above Fulham and Cardiff at the foot of the table.

The Terriers' winless league run stretched back to April - 14 league games in total - but manager David Wagner was able to celebrate on the night of his third anniversary in charge with a morale-boosting victory.

Fulham's fifth successive league defeat did little to ease the pressure on boss Slavisa Jokanovic, whose side's own run without a league win was extended to eight matches.


"I think they left everything on the grass - I have to say it was a deserved win.

"This is huge for us - we really have the winning feeling back, we have the clean sheet as well. I think this is one of the most important wins.

"Everybody needed this belief back." David Wagner on MNF


Huddersfield almost halted their barren spell in spectacular fashion when Philip Billing's 30-yard thunderbolt struck the crossbar in the 15th minute.

Steve Mounie headed Aaron Mooy's cross tamely over soon after and Alex Pritchard's brilliant effort from outside the area was expertly clawed away by Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

But Huddersfield's agonising wait for a goal at the John Smith's Stadium was finally over in the 29th minute, making it 659 minutes in total.

Chris Lowe crossed deep from the left and German centre-half Schindler saw his header deflect into the net off Fosu-Mensah.

Jonathan Hogg almost pierced the Premier League's leakiest defence again just before the break, but his looping header was saved by Rico.

It was the 29th goal conceded this season by Fulham, who did not manage a single effort on target before the break, such was Huddersfield's whirlwind first-half performance.

Fulham boss Jokanovic sent on Kevin McDonald and Cyrus Christie for Luciano Vietto and Fosu-Mensah at the interval and the Londoners began the second half with more intent.

Christie's cut-back was cleared behind by Hogg and Mooy headed away the corner.

The Terriers continued to harry and chase and Pritchard fired narrowly off target in the 68th minute.

Substitute McDonald had been forced out of the action due to a knock - but Fulham began to make a fist of it.

Schindler blocked Aleksandar Mitrovic's shot and Andre Schurrle's effort was ruled out for an offside decision against the former in the 74th minute.

Schurrle shot off target again, while Town substitute Isaac Mbenza also spurned two half chances when sent through on goal in the closing stages.

Town were not to be denied however - and the first top-flight meeting between the two sides since 1952 ended in their favour.

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  • Huddersfield ended a run of 14 Premier League games without a win (D5 L9),
  • Fulham are the only Premier League side yet to keep a clean sheet in the competition this season, last registering a top-flight shut-out in April 2014 (1-0 at home to Norwich).
  • The Terriers are the last side in the top four tiers of English football to register a league victory this season.
  • Fulham have conceded 29 goals after the first 11 games of this Premier League campaign; no side has ever shipped more at this stage in the competition (also Southampton in 12/13).
  • Fulham’s haul of five points from their opening 11 games this season is their worst-ever tally at this season of a top-flight campaign.
  • Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s own goal ended a run of 658 minutes without a home Premier League goal for Huddersfield, since Tom Ince scored against Watford in April.
  • Since the start of last season, only Manchester City, Tottenham and Leicester (5 each) have benefited from more opposition own-goals in the Premier League than Huddersfield (4).

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