Football: Aaron Mooy put on a clinic in Huddersfield Town’s Championship victory against Norwich, with the Aussie putting the icing on the cake with a superb goal.
SOCCEROO Aaron Mooy has scored a crucial goal for Huddersfield Town in the English Championship as they maintained their push for promotion with a 3-0 win over Norwich City.
Mooy’s strike, together with goals from Elias Kachunga and Nahki Wells, took them to third spot – one ahead of fourth-placed Reading.
With the top two teams gaining automatic promotion, the next four teams will be involved in a playoff with the winner playing in the lucrative Premiership next season.
Mooy instigated his goal with slick passing down the left wing before receiving a backheel from teammate Wells inside the box, finishing with a low strike.
Mooy, 26, also had two attempts on goal saved and set up several unsuccessful Huddersfield chances.
The victory breaks a two-match losing streak and sees the club one spot outside the automatic promotion cut-off, with the next four teams involved in a playoff and the winner to play in the lucrative Premier League next season. “There is a long way to go but this is a big step towards a play-off position and that’s an unbelievable achievement for this club,” Huddersfield coach David Wagner said.
“We are still the small dog, Huddersfield Town. Look at our budget. We know where we have come from and we know how hard it is to win in the Championship. “We were poor against Bristol City but you try to learn and get better and we were unlucky to lose against Burton. Tonight we showed what we are capable of.”
Newcastle returned to the top of the Championship with a controversial 1-0 victory against Burton Albion.
Newcastle thought they had opened the scoring when Matt Ritchie converted a penalty, but referee Keith Stroud blew his whistle having spotted an apparent encroachment before the spot kick was taken.
In bizarre circumstances, however, he disallowed the goal rather than order a re-take – much to the bewilderment of Newcastle and manager Rafa Benitez. Ritchie finally did open the scoring with a thumping strike in the 68th minute which means, with six games remaining, Newcastle have 84 points – one more than second-placed Brighton and Hove Albion.
1. Newcastle United — 40 played, 84 points
2. Brighton & Hove Albion — 40, 83 points
3. Huddersfield Town — 39, 74 points
4. Reading — 40, 73 points
5. Leeds United — 40, 69 points
6. Sheffield Wednesday — 40, 66 points
7. Fulham — 40, 64 points
8. Preston North End — 40, 61 points
9. Derby County — 40, 59 points
10. Norwich City — 40, 57 points
Originally published as Video: Mooy scores gem in race for PL promotion