Huddersfield 3-0 Peterborough: Danel Sinani and Tom Lees score in opening seven minutes as hosts move up to second in the Championship
- Danel Sinani curled in a classy opener from 20 yards in the third minute
- Tom Lees headed home a corner to double Huddersfield’s advantage
- Lees headed home the third goal from another corner in the second-half
Huddersfield moved into the Sky Bet Championship’s top two after extending their unbeaten run to an 18th game with a routine 3-0 home victory over Peterborough.
Centre-back Tom Lees’ headed brace secured three points for the Terriers after midfielder Danel Sinani’s sixth goal of the season had opened the scoring.
The victory sees Huddersfield go a point ahead of third-placed Bournemouth, although they have now played five games more than the Cherries.
Danel Sinani curled in a classy opener from 20 yards for Huddersfield in the third minute
Huddersfield: Nicholls, Turton, Pearson, Lees, Toffolo, Sinani (Eiting 60), Russell, O’Brien (Rhodes 77), Thomas, Ward, Holmes (Anjorin 71).
Subs Not Used: Pipa, Hogg, Blackman, Sarr.
Goals: Sinani 3, Lees 7, 72.
Peterborough: Cornell, Knight, Edwards, Beevers, Ward, Fuchs, Grant (Marriott 46), Coulson, Poku (Norburn 26), Szmodics, Jade-Jones (Clarke-Harris 68).
Subs Not Used: Burrows, Morton, Mumba.
Ref: Darren Bond (Lancashire).
Struggling Peterborough, meanwhile, remain bottom of the table, having taken just two points from a possible 36.
Earlier, David Cornell had earned a late call-up in the visitors’ goal after Steven Benda pulled out due to illness during the warm-up and he subsequently picked the ball out of his net twice within the opening seven minutes.
Called into quick action to parry a Sinani strike, Cornell was powerless to prevent the Luxembourg international from finding his top-right corner from 20 yards after the ball had broken back to him following a Lewis O’Brien drive that was blocked by Jorge Grant.
The cultured third-minute effort meant Posh have not kept a clean sheet in their last 19 away contests, equalling their worst sequence since 1989.
Sinani then turned architect, swinging in a corner from the right that saw a towering Lees glance a header inside the far post from six yards.
In response, Kwame Poku’s side-footed 10-yard effort brushed the side-netting following Sammie Szmodics’ raid to the left byline.
Tom Lees headed home a corner to double Huddersfield’s advantage in the seventh minute
But the Terriers went close to a third before the half-hour mark when Ollie Turton’s edge-of-the-box drive thudded against the crossbar after looping over Cornell following a deflection off Szmodics.
Duane Holmes also shot narrowly past an upright for the hosts after ghosting by Josh Knight and Jeando Fuchs just outside the penalty area, before Joe Ward curled over a free-kick at the other end.
Peterborough demonstrated greater attacking intent after the break, with half-time replacement Jack Marriott seeing a 20-yard effort deflected off target following a positive left-wing run by Hayden Coulson.
The latter then skied over from distance, before failing to track Sorba Thomas, who should have done better when he guided a free volley at goal wide from Harry Toffolo’s cross.
Defender Lees added Town’s third by heading home from another corner in the second-half
Meanwhile, Ryan Yates scored a stoppage-time equaliser to earn Nottingham Forest a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.
Top scorer Billy Sharp put United ahead midway through the second half with his 13th goal of the season after Brennan Johnson had missed a penalty for the visitors in the first half.
Sharp’s goal looked like being enough for the home side but, with the clock ticking down, Yates snatched a dramatic leveller following a corner.
United boss Paul Heckingbottom made five changes to his starting line-up with Femi Seriki handed his full league debut in defence.