UNDONE by an Italian against Watford at the weekend, Huddersfield Town last night fell foul of a Frenchman as they suffered a second home defeat in four days.
France Under 21 international Anthony Knockaert produced a masterclass in finishing with spectacular goals in each half to sink Simon Grayson’s side who, after a bright beginning to the Championship campaign, produced another disappointing display.
While Town will look to hit back at former boss Lee Clark’s Birmingham City on Saturday, Knockaert – a £2.5m close season signing from EA Guingamp – will look back with delight on his first Football League goals.
Town boss Grayson made a single change to his starting line-up which was in enforced, with Leicester loanee Jermaine Beckford ruled out against his parent club.
As a result Sean Scannell was handed a first start in six matches as part of a 4-3-3 formation, while Anton Robinson was among the Town substitutes.
Leicester, who picked up their first away win of the season at Middlesbrough on Saturday, made changes bringing in experienced midfielder Andy King, wide man Lloyd Dyer and teenage right back Liam Moore.
Leicester were making only their sixth visit to Huddersfield in 50 years and just their third to the John Smith’s Stadium.
But they made a lively start with Dyer forcing an early corner which had the Town defence scrambling to get the ball clear.
Scannell responded with a darting break but the Foxes defence got back to clear the danger.
Town keeper Alex Smithies had to punch clear when Knockaert swung in a dangerous corner after nine minutes, then former England striker David Nugent drilled a long range effort just wide.
Town were working hard and passing neatly, but struggling to prise open the visitors’ defence and when Oliver Norwood did find some space he shot well off target.
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