Huddersfield Town 0 Bournemouth 2: Wilson and Fraser push Terriers closer to drop

Ryan Fraser created Callum Wilson's opener for Bournemouth before roles were reversed in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson had spent the Cherries' past six Premier League games on the sidelines with a knee problem.   -  Getty Images

Callum Wilson made a goalscoring return in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate as Bournemouth saw off relegation-haunted Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the John Smith's Stadium.

Wilson spent the Cherries' past six Premier League games on the sidelines with a knee problem but converted Ryan Fraser's 20th-minute cross against a favoured opponent.

The 27-year-old England international now has seven goals in six league appearances against Huddersfield, which stuck to its task gamely but offered little in the way of an attacking threat.

It was roles reversed for Bournemouth's second midway through the second half – Wilson leaving Fraser with a tap-in.

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Jonas Lossl stood firm to deny Wilson when he was on the end of Fraser's 14th-minute pass, but the returning Bournemouth striker did manage to break the deadlock.

Fraser was involved again, staying onside to receive David Brooks' pass and fizzing in a flat cross that Wilson converted with his chest.

Josh King dragged a volley wide from Brooks' floated pass and Bournemouth's attacking quartet continued to set the side apart from its opponent.

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Adam Smith pulled up shortly before the break, forcing the visitor into a change at right-back as Nathaniel Clyne was introduced.

Town was more purposeful in its approach after the restart, although referee Anthony Taylor was right to wave away Alex Pritchard's claims for a penalty after a challenge from Nathan Ake.

Brooks pulled up for the second time in as many weeks but any joy Huddersfield anticipated as a result of the Wales winger's misfortune was snuffed out when King released Wilson down the right channel and Fraser did the rest.

King passed up two glorious chances to embellish the scoreline during the closing minutes – failing to turn in Ake's header from close range before wasting an excellent Fraser cross.

What does it mean? Howe's men back in attacking groove

Manchester City passed Bournemouth into an impotent stupor last weekend – Howe's generally expansive side unable to register a shot or win a corner in the most one-sided of 1-0 defeats. Huddersfield obviously represented an entirely different proposition to the Premier League champion but Wilson, Fraser, Brooks and King operating together would be enough to trouble any opponent.

The class and cohesion on display from his attacking quartet was the most glaring difference between the sides and Howe will hope an apparent calf setback for Brooks is not too serious.

Fraser delivers again for Cherries

The cross for Wilson's goal was Fraser's 10th assist of the Premier League season, drawing him one behind Chelsea star Eden Hazard, who is the most prolific provider in the division. Bright and inventive throughout, the Scotland international's link-up play with Brooks was delightful and he settled any nerves stemming from his fellow winger's injury almost instantly.

Siewert has his Phil of Billing

A dominant midfield presence on his day, Philip Billing failed to impose himself on the contest and was wasteful in possession. The towering 22-year-old had given the ball away on eight occasions before being withdrawn by boss Jan Siewert at half-time.

Key Opta Facts

- Only two teams in top-flight history have scored fewer goals after 30 games than the 15 Huddersfield has this season – Leicester City (13 in 1977-78) and Derby County (14 in 2007-08).
- Bournemouth ended a run of nine consecutive Premier League away defeats.
- Wilson netted his 50th league goal for Bournemouth in his 128th appearance for the Cherries.
- Bournemouth striker Wilson has netted seven goals in six games against Huddersfield in the league, his best return against any side.
- Fraser is the first Scottish player to register 10 assists in a single Premier League season.
- Only Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard (11 each) have registered more assists in Europe's 'big five' leagues this season than Bournemouth’s Fraser (10, level with Jadon Sancho and Joshua Kimmich).
- Wilson and Fraser have combined for nine Premier League goals this season (four assists for Wilson, five for Fraser), more than any other duo in the competition in 2018-19.

What's next?

Huddersfield - seemingly doomed to relegation as it sits 16 points from safety at the foot of the table - travels to West Ham next Saturday. Bournemouth remains 12th and entertains Newcastle United next time out.

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