HUDDERSFIELD Town fell victim to both Chris Wood and Anthony Knockaert for the second time this season as the New Year began with a shattering setback.
Clinical Kiwi international Wood scored twice against Town when on loan at Millwall, and grabbed a debut double after joining Leicester from West Brom in a deal which could reach £2m.
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And having got both goals when the Foxes won 2-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium back in October, Frenchman Knockaert repeated the feat as home fans at the King Power Stadium revelled in a six-goal romp.
For Town it was tough going, and it is now 10 games without a win for a side who are looking over their shoulders at the relegation places and who are badly in need of a big injection of confidence.
Many fans will feel manager Simon Grayson needs to make good use of the transfer window to stop the season, which began with so much promise, from turning into a fight for Championship survival.
Town boss Simon Grayson, a former Leicester player, made three changes, bringing in Lee Novak, making a 100th start for the club, Scott Arfield and James Vaughan at the expense of Leicester loan man Jermaine Beckford – ineligible to play against his parent club – Simon Church and Chris Atkinson .
Leicester came flying out of the traps, and Anthony Gerrard had already cleared off the line from striker David Nugent and Town keeper Alex Smithies parried a shot from Wood, by the time the latter opened his Foxes account just six minutes into the game.
Town had initially cleared Knockaert’s corner, but the Frenchman played the ball back into the danger area and Wood climbed highest to head home.
Nugent stung Smithies’ palms with another crisp shot before Town managed their first effort on target in the 15th minute when Vaughan’s header was easily collected by Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes goal.
Town were starting to find their feet and were stringing together some more encouraging phases of possession, but when an attack down the left involving Murray Wallace and Vaughan broke down and the home side countered with pace and precision in the 24th minute.