MIDFIELDER Chris Marsden ensured Huddersfield Town’s first back-to-back league victories for the first time in two months after his goal sealed a 1-0 win against Fulham.
The goal resulted from a patient and precise six pass movement which ripped the necessary hole in Fulham’s defence.
Marsden’s only previous strike in the season had been a cracker which helped defeat high-flying Cambridge, and the winner against Fulham was finished with equal aplomb.
Town created chances to add to the scoreline, but failed to capitalise – fortunately Eoin Hand’s back four put in an outstanding performance to ensure the clean sheet and the valuable three points.
Centre back Peter Jackson was a tower of strength, while his partner Graham Mitchell also impressed.
Marsden’s 13th minute goal rounded off the best move of the match.
Starting from a Mitchell clearance, Kieran O’Regan picked up the ball and exchanged passes with Marsden before laying the ball inside to Iwan Roberts and the big striker sent a square pass to Simon Charlton, and the young full-back was perfectly placed to play a telling through ball.
Midfielder Robert Wilson, playing his 50th league game for Town, burst forward and placed the ball nicely for Marsden to clip an angled shot past the giant Fulham keeper Jim Stannard.
Fulham had the opportunity to equalise with their only clear chance of the game, a 33rd-minute close range effort from leading scorer Gordon Davies which Steve Hardwick was out smartly to block.
Town should have gone two up six minutes before the break, when Wilson threaded the ball to winger Mark Smith in the clear, but referee Paul Harrison failed to spot a trip.
Fulham promised to fashion more on the strength of regular second-half possession, but in a scrappy encounter it was Town who should have gone on to bolster their own goal count.
Phil Stant and Wilson were both wide with glorious chances in the box, while Stannard raced out to deny substitute Iffy Onuora in injury time on a break manufactured by the tireless O’Regan.
Town: Hardwick, Trevitt, Charlton, Marsden, Mitchell, Jackson, O’Regan, Wilson, Roberts, Stant (Onuora 76 mins), Smith. Sub (not used): Lewis.
Fulham: Stannard, Morgan, Thomas, Skinner, North, Nebelling, Davies (Milton 73 mins), Marshall (Ferney 73 mins), Eckhardt, Brazil, Pike.
Referee: Paul Harrison (Oldham)