WOEFUL Town slumped deeper into the relegation mire as they were pummelled by slick passing Forest at the City Ground.
WOEFUL Huddersfield Town slumped deeper into the relegation mire as they were pummelled by slick passing Forest at the City Ground.
Despite leading through a crisp James Vaughan strike, Town descended into a shambles as Polish midfielder Radoslaw
Majewski turned the screw with a hat trick before half time.
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Elliott Ward was also on the scoresheet as Town crumbled as their heads went down once they were behind and it highlights the tough task ahead for new manager Mark Robins to turn the team around.
The situation got worse when Henri Lansbury extended Forest’s lead and Town now face a massive match against fellow strugglers Ipswich Town at home on Saturday.
Bookies’ outsiders Town started the match with four changes to the team which lost against Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Manager Mark Robins called up Joel Lynch in defence, Oliver Norwood to midfield and had the twin strike-force of Lee Novak and James Vaughan.
It was an attacking formation as Town looked to improve a record of just one League win in their previous 15 matches against a Forest side without a win in five and who featured just one change from the team which drew with Bolton – Dexter
Blackstock replacing Billy Sharp up front.
Town started in excellent fashion and were desperately unlucky not to go ahead in the second minute when from a raid by Neil Danns the ball was cleared to Adam Clayton and his cross was met was met with a fantastic scissors kick by Vaughan, whose effort hit the right hand post.
Town saw plenty of possession and were rewarded when, following good work by Novak and Clayton, a corner was won and skipper Peter Clarke guided the ball to Norwood who crossed for Vaughan to score with a cleverly placed volley.
Forest looked shell-shocked and after 19 minutes Danns was denied a second goal for Town by keeper Karl Darlow as the visitors continued to attack – but they were soon rocked back on their heels with two Forest goals in three minutes.
The first, on 21 minutes, came when Lansbury arrived late to meet a cross flicked on from the left, but while he missed his shot Polish midfielder Majewski met the ball and planted a firm drive past Alex Smithies.
The second goal came from a free kick after Norwood had fouled Majewski, and Andy Reid curled the ball in for Elliott Ward to glance a header home.
Town gained some respite when Sean Scannell hit a smart shot to bring a reaction save from Darlow, but Forest were soon back on the attack.
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Firstly, an acrobatic effort from Blackstock was deflected on to the bar and then Majewski fired wide when well placed on 29 minutes.
However, Majewski made no mistake eight minutes later when a cross from the right found him in acres of space he drilled a low shot from 18 yards beyond Smithies, who produced a brilliant stop from Simon Cox late on, into the net.
Lynch was booked for late challenge on Adlene Guedioura and Smithies was forced to produce a brilliant save to prevent Reid scoring from the free kick.
A highly entertaining half finished with Forest getting their fourth after 43 minutes when Majewski completed his hat trick with a stunning 30 yard drive that crashed into the net off the underside of the bar.
Robins sent on Scott Arfield at half-time in an effort to stiffen up midfield, but Town fell further behind on 55 minutes when Lansbury was allowed to run though and fire home.
Oscar Gobern was sent on for his first league appearance of the season and after Vaughan saw a drive tipped over, Arfield was twice denied in one-on-one challenges with the keeper.
Town’s night was summed up when Vaughan broke clean through in the 76th minutes only to fire wide from 10 yards and to rub salt into the wound substitute Darius Henderson headed a sixth in stoppage time as Town matched their worst defeat of the season.