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Mooy stars as Huddersfield take victory

Press Association logoPress Association 26/12/2016

Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy couldn't quite find the net but he was influential as Huddersfield defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the EFL Championship.

The come-from-behind win pushed Huddersfield into fourth spot on the table, seven points behind leaders Newcastle United.

For Huddersfield Mooy was everywhere and unlucky not to score at the half hour mark as Hudderfield sought an equaliser, after going behind in the 25th minute when former Arsenal man Nicklas Bendtner gave away possession and Forest made Huddersfield pay.

Mooy and Huddersfield continued to dominate the game and found an equaliser in the 53rd minute through Kyle Palmer.

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis took a short corner to Mooy on the edge of the box and he crossed for Palmer, whose header came back off the bar.

The ball bounced down and appeared to strike Forest keeper Vladimir Stojkovic under pressure from Town striker Nahki Wells. The goal was credited to Palmer, though Wells forced the ball home.

Huddersfield kept up the pressure and won it in the 59th minute with a goal which had an element of good fortune about it.

Van La Parra was attempting a cross when Forest defender Michael Mancienne slid in to block, but only succeeded in deflecting the ball into his own net.

Those goals broke the Forest resistance and Huddersfield took control to complete their eighth home win of the season.

Reading also maintained their automatic promotion push in the Championship and piled more pressure on Alex Neil with a 3-1 victory over Norwich.

The Royals went ahead when Yann Kermorgant rose highest to head in Liam Kelly's 37th-minute free-kick, but Nelson Oliveira equalised on the hour.

Norwich went down to 10 men eight minutes later when Jonny Howson handballed on the line and, although Kermorgant hit the crossbar with the resulting penalty, Garath McCleary headed in the rebound.

Callum Harriott then added a third in stoppage time as Reading cut the gap to second-placed Brighton to five points.

Leeds also maintained their impressive form with a 4-1 win at Preston.

It was an eventful first half at Deepdale where Kemar Roofe opened the scoring and then set up Hadi Sacko to put Leeds 2-0 up.

Preston quickly hit back through Marnick Vermijl, but Souleymane Doukara's near-post shot crept in to restore the two-goal advantage.

The hosts then had Jermaine Beckford sent off against his former club in the second half before Pablo Hernandez added a late fourth.

Aston Villa secured a fifth straight home win in front of a bumper crowd at Villa Park, where 41,337 saw Ross McCormack grab the 78th-minute winner against Burton after Leandro Bacuna's opener had been cancelled out by former Villa reject Jamie Ward's flying volley.

Rock-bottom Rotherham gave themselves a glimmer of hope with only their third win of the season after beating relegation rivals Wigan 3-2.

Brentford salvaged a stoppage-time point from an action-packed and controversial 2-2 draw with Cardiff which exploded into life in the final seven minutes.

Sullay Kaikai struck twice late on to cancel out Peter Whittingham's first-half penalty and an 89th-minute Kenneth Zohore goal.

There was also a thriller at Molineux where winger Ivan Cavaleiro handed Wolverhampton manager Paul Lambert his first home win with a late penalty to clinch a 3-2 victory against Bristol City.

Barnsley edged out Blackburn 2-0 at Oakwell thanks to Sam Winnall's 14th-minute header and a Marley Watkins goal in injury time, with Rovers having Darragh Lenihan sent off for a late lunge on Sam Morsy.

Fulham also won 2-0 at Ipswich with Chris Martin's first-half free-kick followed by Ragnar Sigurdsson's header.

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