The second game in 4 days for Huddersfield saw champions, Chelsea welcomed to the John Smith’s Stadium. The cowshed loyal had organised a march to the game, I got involved in it and it was thoroughly enjoyable, I can’t put into words what it was like. You have to experience it yourself to know it. The drum was like the heart of the movement. BT were covering the game and Liverpool legend Stevie G was attending. Town knew that there were going to be millions scrutinising their performance, judging the fans, the players, the manager.
Chelsea played in my opinion very blandly and their fans had more life than their newfangled title-winning style of last season. Until the 22nd minute where a slip from Lössl gifted the ball to wing back Moses who delicately headed to Hazard who led Willian into a shooting position however a brilliant ball and an unselfish pass to Bakayoko led to a goal. Löwe tried to block however it wasn’t enough. 1-0. For the next twenty minutes it was like watching Barcelona without the flair, 20 minutes after the first goal just as I was going to go get my half time drink Marcos Alonso whipped in a stunning ball where Willian beat Löwe in an aerial battle. 2-0 Chelsea were getting into the gears. Many including myself believed the next half was going to be worse.
A change had been made, Hogg for Dean Whitehead, Hogg may have sustained an injury but otherwise I saw no reason for him to be brought off. 7 minutes after the break a searching ball from Cesar Azpi found its way to Bakayoko who sent Alonso down the wing were again Willian met the header from Alonso’s cross, it fell to Pedro and he delightfully finessed it into the top right corner without hesitation. 3-0 Huddersfield were buried and us as fans thought it was going to get worse, however at this point Conte decided to sit back on the 3-0 which was boring to watch however goal difference can be the difference between Europa League and Champions League.
The last attack of the game was surprisingly from the Terriers. Löwe cruised the ball to Depoitre who beat fellow Belgian Courtois, 3-1 a salvaged goal, the only positive I feel from the game.
I won’t criticise Wagner often however the decision to take Hogg off indicated that even he felt a defeat was inbound and we can’t be doing this at 2-0 down, being able to stay at 2-0 and making it 2-1 or 2-2 will make us a better team and after the game I felt annoyed that also Mounié seemed like he didn’t want to wear the shirt, he didn’t seem like he wanted to play. Depoitre, Kachunga, Lössl, Zanka and Schindler were the 5 that went round the pitch. To be honest they were the only 5 that looked like they cared about the club and the effort of the fans on what was a cold, rainy night in Huddersfield.
My man of the match was Kachunga, he didn’t score or assist but he showed desire to go after every ball, and that was my star man of the night followed closely by Depoitre.
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