Norwich City 1 Huddersfield 2
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Alex Neil was barracked by sections of the Carrow Road support after Norwich City slumped to a seventh Championship defeat in the last nine against a well-drilled Huddersfield.
Elias Kachunga scored a first-half brace with Jonny Howson's reply failing to spark a home revival. Neil's decision to replace Nelson Oliveira for Cameron Jerome in the second-half sparked chants of 'you don't know what you are doing' before sections of the home support again delivered their damning verdict on the final whistle.
Neil named an unchanged line up from the side that beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the Championship on Tuesday night. Huddersfield chief David Wagner opted for five changes from the Terriers' side that beat Burton 1-0.
Oliveira spurned an early chance to add to his growing tally when he controlled Jacob Murphy's cutback but slashed wide from 14 yards.
The game exploded in a burst of goalscoring action triggered by Kachunga's far post header in the fifth minute following a driving counter sparked by Kasey Palmer. Norwich, however, levelled just 66 seconds later when Robbie Brady raced to the byline and hooked back a cross headed home by Howson via the far post.
Nahki Wells underlined his menace with a rising strike clutched by John Ruddy with the visitors continuing to carry the great threat in the opening quarter.
Graham Dorrans closed down Aaron Mooy to tee up Oliveira who thumped another long range hit deflected over the top of Danny Ward's bar.
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Bassong bailed out Dorrans in the 38th minute when he produced a goal-saving block to prevent Wells rolling the ball into an empty net, after a horrendous attempted back pass from the midfielder caused panic in the City ranks.
Norwich failed to make the most of their reprieve when Kachunga lashed a shot through the legs of Bassong that wrong-footed Ruddy five minutes before the interval, after the hosts were exposed again down their left.
Neil's reaction at the interval was to introduce Alex Tettey for Mulumbu and tinker with the shape of Norwich's midfield as the Norwegian was deployed much deeper and Howson dropped in alongside Dorrans.
The Scot picked out Oliveira's diagonal run in the 55th minute but Ward got down to parry at his near-post. The Portuguese than lobbed a shot agonisingly wide of Ward's far-post after cashing in on Jon Gorenc Stankovic's hesitancy with the Canaries trying to produce a concerted response.
Neil's double change sparked fury from large sections of the home support with Oliveira replaced by Jerome and Steven Naismith on for Dorrans, with the anger clearly directed at Neil.
Jerome's first touch teed up Murphy who screwed a shot wide from the edge of the Huddersfield penalty area.
Murphy again veered inside to force Ward to go full length to push away his low curling effort. City's fitful attacking play remained laboured but Bassong rose above the Terriers' backline in stoppage time but directed a close range far-post header wide.
• Norwich: Ruddy, Pinto, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Mulumbu (Tettey 45), Dorrans (Naismith 65), Jacob Murphy, Howson, Brady, Oliveira (Jerome 65). Subs (not used): McGovern, Martin, Hoolahan, Klose.
• Bookings: Pinto (foul on Van La Parra, 45); Dorrans (foul on Palmer, 52)
• Goal: Howson (6)
• Huddersfield: Ward, Smith, Hogg (Billing 81), Kachunga, Mooy, Loew, Van La Parra (Hefele 90), Wells (Bunn 77), Schindler, Stankovic, Palmer. Subs (not used): Coleman, Holmes-Dennis, Cranie, Payne.
• Bookings: Wells (ungentlemanly conduct, 72); Mooy (foul on Naismith, 87)
• Goals: Kachunga (5, 40),
• Time added on: 2 minutes / 3 minutes
• Referee: James Linnington (Newport)
• Attendance: 25,275