Huddersfield beats Bournemouth 4-1, out of EPL drop zone
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Huddersfield moved out of the Premier League relegation zone by beating Bournemouth 4-1 on Sunday to end a run of five straight losses in style.
Steve Mounie set up Alex Pritchard for the opening goal for Huddersfield and then scored two himself after Junior Stanislas had equalized for Bournemouth. Rajiv van La Parra converted an injury-time penalty to seal the victory.
Aaron Mooy was the provider for Mounie’s goals — a header from a free kick in the 27th minute and a steered finish in the 66th — but his game ended early when he was carried off the field on a stretcher with a left knee injury.
Mooy had his head in his hands as he was taken off but fears of a serious injury for the Australia midfielder ahead of the World Cup in Russia have been allayed, with British broadcaster BT Sport saying it was a deep cut.
Mounie has hit form at a critical stage of the season for Huddersfield, which has slipped into relegation danger since the turn of the year. This was its first league win since Dec. 16.
The Benin striker had scored in two of his last three matches and showed different facets of his game against Bournemouth.
His driving run down the left in the seventh minute ended with a cut-back to January signing Pritchard, who swept in a low left-footed finish to give the hosts the lead.
Bournemouth equalized six minutes later when Ryan Fraser crossed from the right and Stanislas controlled the ball before sidefooting home nonchalantly.
Mounie demonstrated his strength in the air by leaping highest at a free kick to meet Mooy’s delivery with a downward header past Asmir Begovic.
Begovic had no chance with Mounie’s second goal, either, with his first-time shot from Mooy’s square ball wrong-footing the goalkeeper.