Carlos Corberán got his first win as the Huddersfield manager as they beat Nottingham Forest to leave their visitors pointless and goalless after three Championship matches.
Fraizer Campbell volleyed home spectacularly on 54 minutes after Harry Toffolo picked him out with a cut-back from the byline. Before that, Huddersfield had Ben Hamer to thank after he pulled off two brilliant first-half saves to keep out Sammy Ameobi and Loïc Mbe Soh. Forest failed to trouble Hamer’s goal after the break in another lacklustre performance.
It is the first time in 66 years that Forest have lost their opening three league games, increasing the pressure on Sabri Lamouchi. The Forest manager made seven changes, including debuts for defender Scott McKenna and Harry Arter, and switched formation as he looked to end a run of no wins in eight.
“It is a very bad start, a bad result tonight,” Lamouchi said. “We need to find something positive, with many changes and the first time together. We tried to play, to create and unfortunately we didn’t score.”
The Huddersfield captain, Jonathan Hogg, was extremely lucky to avoid a red card after a studs-up challenge on Arter inside the first minute, then Josh Koroma failed to get any real power behind a long-range effort as Town looked to get on the front foot. Forest’s Cyrus Christie had a shot comfortably saved after cutting inside from the right.
Alex Pritchard was unable to convert Koroma’s cross at the back post with the goal begging minutes later, before Hamer brilliantly turned Ameobi’s curling effort away for a corner as the action swung from end to end.
Brice Samba spilt Koroma’s low shot before saving Campbell’s follow-up from point-blank range. Juninho Bacuna went close before Koroma had a shot blocked for a corner after Jack Colback sloppily gave the ball away.
Campbell headed over from Isaac Mbenza’s cross before Luke Freeman shot straight at Hamer after a good run inside. Hamer did well to turn away Mbe Soh’s header after he beat his marker at a corner.
Koroma blazed over from a narrow angle before Toffolo sliced a half-volley off target as Huddersfield created chances early in the second half. The pressure paid off when Campbell showed great technique to volley home from 12 yards after Toffolo picked him out.
Forest missed the chance to equalise when Lewis Grabban fired narrowly over on 67 minutes after the ball fell kindly on the edge of the box. Adama Diakhaby then saw a goalbound shot well blocked by Colback on his own six-yard line with 10 minutes to go.
Huddersfield should have sealed it when Samba kept out Diakhaby one-on-one and Koroma failed to tap home the rebound.