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Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United - Two defeats in the first two games for the Magpies

Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Huddersfield Town, courtesy of an Aaron Mooy strike just after half-time. 

Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United - Premier League
Huddersfield captured all three points in their first home game in the Premier League.
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The first real action of the game arrived when Chancel Mbemba (who was deployed at left-back) was caught by a high boot from Elias Kachunga. No disciplinary action was taken by the referee.

Steve Mounie then looked to have stamped on Isaac Hayden after the English midfielder made a sliding challenge, but again, nothing was given.

Ayoze Perez had the first real chance of the game when he forced Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lössl into a fine save. That was as close as the away side would come unfortunately.

Rajiv Van La Parra was another who could consider himself lucky after he was booked for kicking the ball away, and then proceeded to hack down Matt Ritchie minutes later. A second yellow was not awarded.

Moments after the restart, Tommy Smith lunged in and totally missed the ball, but was only given a talking to before play resumed.

Aaron Mooy was easily the standout performer in the first half, and when he played a neat one-two on the edge of the United box, there was only going to be one outcome when the ball left his boot.

Mikel Merino was heavily involved, and one of his long balls did come off when he picked out the run of Javier Manquillo down the right. However, the Spaniard failed to get any sort of clean connection on his cut-back and the ball fell harmlessly into Lössl's arms.

Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United - Premier League
Mikel Merino made his first start for Newcastle.
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The visitors huffed and puffed but except for chances for Joselu and Jacob Murphy late on, they failed to really muster any sort of offence on the Terriers' goal.

In truth, Huddersfield were comfortable.

With eleven days to go in the summer transfer window, Rafa Benitez knows more than anyone just how desperate his side are for reinforcements. As has been said many times before, over to you Mr Ashley.