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Huddersfield hopes take hit

Prolific teenage striker Tammy Abraham scored his 19th Championship goal of the season as relegation-threatened Bristol City thrashed Huddersfield 4-0, denting their opponents' hopes of automatic promotion on Friday.

The 19-year-old, who is on loan from Chelsea, netted their second at the end of the first half which had been interrupted for 14 minutes due to what appeared to be a serious neck injury to Huddersfield midfielder Jonathan Hogg.

He was stretchered off but was said to be conscious and being taken for a precautionary x-ray.

Huddersfield's defeat, only their second in the last 11 Championship games, leaves them in third, six points off the top two of Newcastle and Brighton who can extend their advantage to nine points if they beat Birmingham and Leeds respectively on Saturday.

Huddersfield's highly rated manager David Wagner - formerly an assistant to close friend Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund - said he was still confident of making it into the top two automatic promotion spots.

"This soon after the game it's never easy to explain what just happened," said Wagner.

"We were not able to deliver what we usually do. It shouldn't happen but it happens, that's football.

"We're still in a great position and there's still nine games to go," added the 45-year-old German-born former American international.

Leeds dropped to fifth due to Reading's 2-0 win on Friday over play-off rivals Sheffield Wednesday, whose form has deserted them at the crucial part of the season, this being their fourth defeat in their last six.

City's victory, only their third in 18 matches, lifted them out of the bottom three and two points above third from bottom Blackburn.

City's win - their other goals coming from man of the match Lee Tomlin, a deft backheel by Aden Flint and a penalty by the impressive David Cotterill - was the perfect pick-me-up both for their manager Lee Johnson and his father Gary.

Johnson senior - now manager of Cheltenham but who managed City for five years from 2005/10 - underwent heart surgery earlier this week, performed by the father of one of the City players.


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