Sheffield United slumped to a 3-0 Yorkshire derby defeat to Huddersfield tonight.
They were unable to make any real impact up front and paid the price as Town’s more accurate finishing power grabbed the points.
Yet United had gone into tonight’s match hoping to preserve their unbeaten, top of the table position.
A draw at Scunthorpe had kept them on top of the League One pile, while Huddersfield started off only two points behind.
The Terriers boast a decent record agsint United, although the sides hadn’t clashed for three years, and that was in the Carling Cup.
You have to go back a decade for the last time the Yorkshire rivals faced each other in league combat.
But it took only 19 minutes for Town’s 22-year-old striker Lee Novak to get on the score sheet with a goal from close in.
Novack increased Town’s advantage with his second of the night on 37 minutes.
And a night of Bramall Lane disasters continued when Danny Wilson’s side conceded a third, Oscar Gobern, a Summer signing from Southampton, headed home from inside the six-yard box.
Ched Evans had a couple of chances and Huddersfield’s goalie Ian Bennett was inspired, but United fans were well and truly deflated tonight.
United team and bench: Simonsen Lowton Collins Maguire Williams Doyle Flynn Williamson Quinn Cresswell Porter.
Substitutes Long, Parrino, Mendez-Laing, McDonald, Evans.
Read James Shield’s appraisal in Wednesday’s Star