AARON MOOY’S sensational double earned Huddersfield their first away win in 11 attempts – as the Aussie ended his goal drought at the 30th attempt!
The Terrier’s hero hadn’t scored since he grabbed a brace in a 4-1 win at Watford on December 16, 2017 – 29 games ago.
In that time he has had a staggering 32 efforts at goal which have brought groans rather than gasps.
But yesterday Mooy made it 33rd time lucky to take David Wagners side off the bottom of the table and into 14th place in the Prem.
An expertly finished shot from the edge of the box after six minutes stunned Wolves, who never really recovered.
Philip Billing made a miraculous goal-line clearance to deny Raul Jiminez before Mooy wrapped up three unexpected and welcome points for his side with a brilliant bending free-kick which had Terriers fans singing: “He’s got no hair but we don’t care!”
Wolves started with a bang but fizzled out.
The home side’s laser light show and pre-match fireworks were nothing short of awesome.
Perfectly choreographed, fiery and explosive – exactly what Nuno Espirito Santo must have demanded from his players once the match kicked off.
But all the big build-up and all the razzmatazz soon blew up in the Wolves’ faces when basement boys Huddersfield scored from their first attack.
Wolves had initially pinned David Wagner’s strugglers back with a couple of corners which came to nothing.
But then the home side got sloppy and the Terriers punished them for taking them a little too lightly with just six minutes on the clock.
German full-back Erik Durm was only in the team because of a shoulder injury to his fellow countryman Chris Lowe.
However the man with a world cup winners’ medal in his trophy cabinet was certainly made to look like a world-beater as he set up his side’s shock opener.
The former Borussia Dortmund man worked his way into Wolves half and exchanged passes with Philip Billing to skip past a couple of leaden-footed defenders.
As he made his way into the box Durm cleverly pulled the ball back from the main pack to pick out Aaron Mooy at the edge of the box.
The Aussie midfielder made no mistake as he expertly side-footed the ball right-footed into the far corner from 19 yards to leave Rui Patricio helpless.
Wolves players looked at each other shame-faced as Ivan Cavaleiro realised he could have done more than jog back to track Mooy’s run – while Willy Boly was slow to react to the danger lurking at the edge of his own box.
Mooy certainly made the most of the space he was gifted in such a dangerous position as the former Manchester City midfielder ended a run of 29 games without a goal.
Amazingly, it was a case of 33rd time lucky for the Aussie who had been left cursing his previous 32 unsuccessful attempts on goal this season!
Wounded, Wolves tried to respond immediately through Ivan Cavaleiro, who surged forward and played a neat one-two with Raul Jiminez before crashing to the turf inside the box.
There were frantic claims for a penalty but referee Kevin Friend rightly judged that Terence Kongolo had managed to get his outstretched boot to the ball.
Buoyed by their early success, Huddersfield went on to dominate the remainder of the half.
Alex Pritchard tried to emulate Mooy’s early stunner but was denied by Conor Coady’s desperate last ditch sliding block tackle.
Terriers skipper Tommy Smith was booked for a foul on Helder Costa before his Wolves counterpart Coady led by example to show his teammates the desire and aggression that was missing from their game.
His bone-crunching tackle on Florent Hadergjonaj left the Town defender on the turf and needing a lengthy period of treatment.
But it was a fair challenge and was celebrated like a goal by Wolves fans desperate to see their side wake from their slumbers.
However that, and a wayward Ryan Bennett effort which flew well wide, was as good as it got for Wolves who failed to manage one shot on target by the break.
In contrast Huddersfield had a couple of Kongolo headers which Patricio had to deal with.
Steve Mounie also had a long range effort which the Portuguese keeper took under his bar before Doherty blocked another netbound effort from the striker.
Wolves were booed off at half time and when they returned Adama Traore and Morgan Gibbs-White had replaced Cavaleiro and Joao Moutinho as Nuno shuffled his pack.
However any chance Wolves had of salvaging this game probably disappeared just before the hour when Philip Billing produced one of the best defensive clearances of the season.
Traore chipped in a cross to the back post which Raul Jiminez headed beyond Jonas Lossl with a powerful downward header.
But with Wolves fans on their feet celebrating the equaliser, Billing somehow stretched out his boot to miraculously hook the ball off the line and Jiminez second header from the rebound was gratefully held by Lossl.
TV replays showed what a clearance Billing had made as 99% of the ball appeared over the line – but the crucial final 1% remained on Huddersfield’s side!
Wolves must have realised then this was not to be their day as they ran out of ideas in attack.
That allowed Mooy to have the final word as he put the result beyond Wolves 16 minutes from full-time with a trademark free kick.
Wolves lined up a strange-looking wall which had Ruben Neves several yards to the left of Helder Costa.
He was there to guard against any attempt to work the ball around the wall.
But Mooy only needed one touch to finish Wolves off.
His sweetly struck right-footer curled around Costa and although Patricio got a touch,, he couldn’t prevent the ball finding the bottom corner of his net.