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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Rajiv van La Parra (44')
  • Christopher Schindler (57')

Rajiv van La Parra strikes to pile pressure on Tony Pulis

Rajiv van La Parra fired a stunning first-half winner as 10-man Huddersfield held on for another Premier League win to heap more pressure on West Brom boss Tony Pulis.

Van La Parra curled home the only goal just before half-time, and although Christopher Schindler was sent off early in the second period David Wagner's side produced more heroics to leave the visitors without a win in nine league matches.

The Terriers, indebted to goalkeeper Jonas Lossl in stoppage time, beat Manchester United in their previous home game and this, their fourth league win of the season, has lifted them five points clear of the Baggies, who have not won since mid-August.

Van La Parra fired Huddersfield's first effort over the crossbar as the home side set about breaking down West Brom's five-man defence.

As expected, the visitors sat deep and a formation that also included three holding midfielders made it difficult for Huddersfield to work any openings.

West Brom threatened when Hal Robson-Kanu's clever pass set Jay Rodriguez free, but his shot was blocked by defender Schindler.

Visiting striker Rodriguez did well to head Aaron Mooy's excellent free kick away for a corner and then the visitors had defender Kieran Gibbs to thank after his last-ditch tackle forced Tom Ince to blaze a shot off target.

Huddersfield had little to show after hogging possession -- but Van La Parra delivered something special just before the break.

Scott Malone turned the ball inside for Van La Parra 25 yards out and the Dutchman curled a stunning shot beyond goalkeeper Ben Foster and inside the far post.

West Brom began the second half amid chants of: 'We want Pulis out' from the visiting supporters, and midfielder Gareth Barry was booked by referee Roger East for a foul on right-back Florent Hadergjonaj.

Town were dealt a blow in the 57th minute when Schindler was sent off, shown a second yellow card for his foul on Ahmed Hegazi.

Pulis had already decided to send on all three of his substitutes, with Salomon Rondon, James McClean and Matt Phillips replacing Robson-Kanu, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Gareth McAuley respectively.

Wagner responded to Schindler's dismissal by sending on fellow central defender Martin Cranie for forward Elias Kachunga and midfielder Danny Williams for Van La Parra.

Williams dropped into a five-man defence as Wagner looked to protect his side's lead and West Brom saw more of the ball.

Hogg blocked Jake Livermore's shot and Rondon headed skipper Jonny Evans' cross inches wide as the Terriers defended as if their lives depended on it.

Lossl rescued his side twice in stoppage time, first diving full length to keep out McClean's late header and then producing another fine save to keep out Phillips' low shot.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 12 +33 34
2 Manchester United 12 +21 26
3 Chelsea 12 +13 25
4 Tottenham Hotspur 12 +11 23
5 Liverpool 12 +7 22
6 Arsenal 12 +6 22
7 Burnley 12 +3 22
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 0 15
9 Watford 11 -4 15
10 Huddersfield Town 12 -9 15
11 Newcastle United 12 -3 14
12 Leicester City 12 -2 13
13 AFC Bournemouth 12 -3 13
14 Southampton 12 -5 13
15 Stoke City 11 -9 12
16 Everton 12 -12 12
17 West Bromwich Albion 12 -9 10
18 West Ham United 11 -12 9
19 Swansea City 12 -8 8
20 Crystal Palace 12 -18 5

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