Nahki Wells' double helped Huddersfield Town claim a first Boxing Day victory since 2011 and only a second in 10 festive attempts.

The top scorer took his tally to seven with strikes in the 38th and 55th minutes before Emyr Huws made sure of the three points in the 76th.

Preston struck in stoppage time through Adam Reach, but the goal was only a consolation.

First Half

While the heavy rain of Boxing Day morning had eased, the windy conditions made life tough for both teams, with two corners apiece going to waste in the opening stages.

Home keeper Jed Steer did well to parry a firm shot from the edge of the area by Will Keane, who was teed up by former Town loan striker Joe Garner.

Then Steer got down low to hold a header by Adam Reach from a cross by ex-Town defender Tom Clarke, the Preston skipper.

Town's Kyle Dempsey shot wide before his side claimed a 38th-minute lead through Nahki Wells, who converted an Emyr Huws cross from close range.

Wells then had a shot saved by Jordan Pickford as Town pushed forward before the break.

Second Half

Wells had a goal ruled out for offside before putting Town two ahead in the 55th minute with a well-struck angled shot from half-time substitute Harry Bunn's pass.

Preston responded with a spell of pressure, and Steer has to use his knees to block from Daniel Johnson.

As play swung to the other end, Preston had to scramble to clear as Wells tried to connect with Sean Scannell's cross from the right.

Wells then went through one on one with keeper Jordan Pickford, who parried before the Town man shot into the side netting.

The third goal finally arrived when Emyr Huws' corner from the Town right appeared to go straight into the net through a crowd of players.

Wells was then denied by Pickford as he broke down the left and put in another low effort which deflected off the keeper's feet.

Pickford also thwarted Bunn as Town tried for a fourth, but it was Preston who struck, with Adam Reach claiming a stoppage-time consolation.

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Good Day

Nahki Wells scored twice, and came close to a hat trick, with one disallowed and other efforts saved by Jordan Pickford. The seven-goal Town top scorer took his second particularly well and looked full of confidence.

Bad Day

Former Town manager Simon Grayson won't have enjoyed his first return to the John Smith's Stadium since his sacking early in 2013. His side came with a solid defensive record of just 18 goals conceded but shipped three goals for only the second time this season.

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