Football: Forest given Dutch lesson by emerging Huddersfield

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Nottingham Forest 1 Huddersfield Town 3

DUTCH MASTERS. Double Dutch. Call them what you like, but Huddersfield's men from the Netherlands, Clyde Wijnhard and Dean Gorre, handed Nottingham Forest the most comprehensive of footballing lessons as well as their first home defeat of the season.

If Wijnhard can't stop scoring - two more strikes yesterday brought his season's tally to 11 - his compatriot Gorre, who arrived at Huddersfield from Ajax for just pounds 250,000, is fast establishing himself as the season's bargain buy.

"He finds the English game very hard," the Huddersfield manager, Steve Bruce, said of Gorre. If that is the case, then the Nationwide First Division has cause to worry when the Dutch midfielder fully acclimatises. As it is, Huddersfield now stand third in the table, only a point behind Charlton.

Wijnhard's two goals went from the sublime to the ridiculous. In the 23rd minute, after good work by Jamie Vincent and Marcus Stewart, the Dutch striker picked up the ball on the edge of the box. He quickly looked up and spotting Mark Crossley off his line, curled the most precise of shots into the left-hand corner.

Wijnhard's second arrived midway through the second half and he is likely never to score an easier goal. Steve Chettle and Crossley should have dealt comfortably with Kenny Irons' through pass. They did not, allowing Wijnhard to pick up Chettle's misplaced pass, before rolling the ball into the net. "It was a goal that reflected our performance," the Forest manager, David Platt, admitted afterwards.

Things went from bad to worse for Forest on 33 minutes, when Chettle felled Gorre on the edge of the box. Jamie Vincent whipped the free-kick into the penalty area and Kevin Gray's slight flick with his head sent the ball past Crossley.

Forest found themselves back in the game when Rogers' spectacular shot somehow squirmed past Nico Vaesen just before the interval. It was unjust, but Wijnhard and Gorre were on hand to ensure justice was eventually seen to be done.

Goals: Wijnhard (22) 0-1; K Gray (33) 0-2; Rogers (45) 1-2; Wijnhard (63)1-3.

Nottingham Forest: Crossley, Bonalair (Rogers, 26), Hjelde, Chettle, Brennan, Bart-Williams, Johnson, Prutton, Petrachi (A Gray, 73), Freedman(Freeman, 64), Beck. Substitutes not used: Mannini, Beasant (gk).

Huddersfield Town: Vaesen, Jenkins, Dyson, K Gray, Vincent, Gorre (Sellars, 78), Beech, Irons, Thornley, Stewart, Wijnhard. Substitutes not used: Margetson, Edwards, Armstrong, Senior (gk).

Referee: D Pugh (Bebington).

Bookings: Huddersfield: Wijnhard. Man of the match: Wijnhard.

Attendance: 15,258.