Wells makes it five from five
Nahki Wells scored his tenth goal of the season in Huddersfield Town’s 5-0 thrashing of Sky Bet Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic at home last night.
Wells, who was linked with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers this week, struck his fifth in as many games, turning in a close-range effort before half-time to give his side a two-goal cushion at the break.
Mark Hudson, a former Charlton player, had given Huddersfield the lead after 17 minutes with a thumping header from a Jamie Paterson corner, before Wells continued his rich vein of scoring form.
Again Huddersfield scored from a corner, with Lolley playing the ball short to Tommy Smith, who sent the ball into the box for Wells to turn in from close range.
Huddersfield continued to press after the break, and Wells fired over from a tight angle.
Despite having plenty of possession chances were few and far between for the home side, and it took a fine solo effort from Paterson to add a third.
Paterson dribbled into the Charlton half and then drilled in from 20 yards to extend the home side’s lead on 75 minutes, and four minutes later Duane Holmes added a fourth with a tap-in.
Jason Davidson completed the rout in final minute moments after Charlton’s Reza Ghoochannejhad had been sent for a second yellow card.
Huddersfield, who climb to sixteenth in the table, are at home to Fulham on Saturday.
Huddersfield have now won five of their last eight league matches.
Meanwhile Charlton, three points and two places short of safety, travel to third-placed Hull on Saturday in need of a win.
The win was the biggest since Barnsley were beaten by the same scoreline at home in March 2014, and David Wagner, the Huddersfield coach, called it a “perfect night.”
Wagner was also quick to praise the input of Mike Marsh, the first-team coach, who has been working on set-pieces.
“It was a perfect night, with goals from corners and our substitutes again having an impact on the match,” Wagner said, after a fifth win in his tenth league match in charge.
“It’s a great moment for us, and the squad should celebrate, because they did a really good job in a difficult match.
“It wasn’t easy because our opponent stayed very deep and made it very tight. It wasn’t easy for us to find the right spaces.
“In this situation, it’s perfect if you score from set-pieces, which we did twice. They were key moments, because after that, we got spaces and scored another three good goals.”