Following Friday nights crushing defeat at Bristol City, The Terriers, went under 4-0. A poor performance marred by a possible turn of fortunes in Town’s promotion push.
7 minutes in holding midfielder Jonathan Hogg collided with fellow team-mate, veteran defender Mark Hudson. Hogg was down for a total of 14 minutes, with little known of the injury sustained to ‘Hoggy’.
Away from the serious injury sustained by Jonathan, Town’s night down in the south-west got even worse, woeful defending by Mark Hudson allowing Lee Tomlin to round the hopeless Liverpool loanee Danny Ward on the floor where Tomlin rolled the ball into the empty net on the half hour mark.
The Terriers somewhat recuperated from this ‘blip’ and controlled the midfield for the best part of the first half with Brown, Kachunga and Van La Parra racing forward menacingly, the only thing that wasn’t there was the finishing touch.
It all went wrong for the Terriers as Cotterill raced down the right hand side leaving Chris Loewe nowhere to be seen, Tammy Abraham pacing from the edge of the box for a cooly finished shot, to take the Reds into the interval leading 2-0.
Abraham and team-mate O’Dowda celebrate the Reds’ second goal.
To the surprise of many of the 686 travelling Blue and White Army, it seemed a shock that on loan starlet Izzy Brown came back onto the field in the second half, later being replaced by £500,000 Union Berlin signing Collin Quaner replacing the new England Under 21 player Brown. The knock that Brown sustained has sidelined him with a knee injury and consequently forced him to withdraw from the Young Lions squad for the games against Germany and Denmark.
Compiling Town’s miserable night in Bristol, the Robins’ added 2 more goals to their 2-0 lead with goals from towering center-half Aden Flint, with a flick that the likes of Neymar would be impressed with, and former Birmingham winger David Cotterill dispatching a thunderbolt from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute.
The Terriers best chance came courtesy of Dutchman Van La Parra with a curling effort in the dying moments which forced a decent save out of ex England u21 ‘keeper Frank Fielding. The players came over to thank the fans for making the grueling journey down to Bristol, warmly accepted by those who stayed.
But will these performances become more frequent?
From a fans’ point of view, no they do not. But with Hogg out with a fractured neck can veteran Dean Whitehead or Danish rising star Philip Billing be able to fill the gap that ‘Hoggy’ will not occupy for the remainder of the season? For me, it has to be Whitehead to fill the gap that Jonathan will not be in, simply because Billing has his games where he doesn’t look overly interested and can pull out of tackles, whereas, ‘Deano’ never pulls out of a challenge and for his age, he has very good stamina. The only problem, his aggression.
With both Chelsea loanees Kasey Palmer and Isiah Brown sidelined, with hamstring and knee injuries respectively, this is where the rotational players, like Jack Payne and Harry Bunn step up to the mark, and prove they can be consistent.
For sure, David will sit down all the players after they have had their breaks, well deserved ones not to mention, and the players must step up to the new expectations of our team, the media expects us to get play offs, but the automatic promotion places aren’t out of site, just yet…
Next up for Huddersfield are Burton Albion at The John Smiths Stadium, last time the two teams met, on the 13th December at the Pirelli Stadium, Bermudan striker Nahki Wells headed home from close range in the 86′ minute. The Terriers beat The Brewers 1-0. I expect Town to win this game at more ease than the previous meeting, simply because the pitch at Huddersfield is bigger and wider, and Town obviously like width.
Town also face some crucial away games, and without doubt the games at Nottingham Forest and Derby will be tough but I think the toughest and most crucial fixture lies in our game in hand, Wolves at Molineux on the 25th April. Not the easiest of places to get three points, non the less.
Lets see what The Terriers are made of, and of course, rivals in the play offs.