Brentford opened this season's SkyBet Championship with a 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

After enduring a torrid start when the hosts enjoyed three half chances in the opening minutes the Bees settled down, but never looked like taking al three points from their trip to Yorkshire.

With five players making their first starts for the club, it was a much-changed side from the one which wrapped up last season with a 5-1 victory on the same ground.

Rajiv van la Parra enjoyed two of those early chances, first blasting over the bar and then saw Daniel Bentley save a shot.

Scott Hogan did well in the inside right channel to flick the bll over his marker and saw his cross blocked for a corner. But Josh McEachran's delivery was too deep and evaded everyone.

Van la Parra enjoyed another chance when he scampered away down the left and cut inside, but again shot well over the bar.

The Bees created a decent chance when Lewis MacLeod won the ball on the left and his low pass found Hogan at the near post, but Danny Ward made a comfortable save.

A terrific early ball from Ryan Woods inside his own half nearly released Hogan through the middle, but the ball bounced off his thigh and away from him.

The Terriers went ahead just five minutes into the second half when they took a quick throw on the right and crossed deep to the back post where Elias Kachunga headed home.

Hogan has the visitors' best chance yet after some clever close control allowed him to fire in a low shot past a couple of defenders, only to see Ward gather his shot.

MacLeod, making his first start for the Bees, went for goal with a 30 yard free kick, which Ward saved diving to his left.

Minutes later after Brentford won another free kick, Sam Saunders fired an effort over the bar from 25 yards.

Substitute Sean Scannell then broke down the right and Bentley got hands to his low shot, then threw his body in front of a follow up shot when prone on the turf.

Brentford went up the other end and immediately drew level when Sawyers and MacLeod combined to set up substitute Nico Yennaris on the left of the box.

The midfielder took his time and picked his spot, slotting the ball past Ward to equalise.

Yet the Bees were on level terms for just two minutes when Van la Parra broke and after his shot was blocked, Kasey Palmer fired home to restore Town's lead with what proved to be the match-winner as Huddersfield comfortably held on.

Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Dean, Egan, Elder; Sawyers, Woods, Kerschbaumer (sub Saunders 56), McEachran (sub Yennaris 56), MacLeod (sub Hofmann 82); Hogan.

Subs (not used): Bonham, McCormack, Field, Holldack.