Written by Morgan Lecomber
Huddersfield Town bounced back to the top of the league with a 2-1 win over Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United on Tuesday night.
After Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Reading, Town looked to put things right again as they welcomed Rotherham to the John Smith’s Stadium.
18,800+ fans were in attendance including 700 making the short journey from Rotherham to watch Town host their first evening kick off of the 16/17 season.
credit Tony Hisgett
David Wagner’s men looked to continue their 100% home record against the Millers and once again the South Stand were providing another electric atmosphere as the sides emerged from the tunnel.
It barely took 2 minutes for the Terriers to return the favour to the fans, as Elias Kachunga prodded in from a few yards past the helpless goalkeeper Lee Camp.
Rotherham came into the game with the worst defensive record in the league and it was clear to everyone in the ground why, as they failed to clear on numerous occasions before the ball fell to Kachunga to snatch his 4th of the campaign.
Town became more and more threatening by the minute as they managed to split the defence once more but unfortunately Kasey Palmer’s pass was delayed and Elias Kachunga was called offside.
Rotherham were rocking. Only 25 minutes in and it could’ve been 3 or 4, but Huddersfield couldn’t quite find the net and they were made to regret the spurned opportunities in the 34th minute.
Hugely against the run of play, Rotherham equalised with a goal of high class. Joe Newell switched play over to club record signing Jon Taylor on the right, and lurking in the box was ex town striker Danny Ward to flick the ball into the far corner to put Rotherham level.
Respectfully, Ward didn’t celebrate his first goal against Town since leaving the club in January 2015.
The Rotherham fans couldn’t quite believe they were level against the dominant Terriers and they barely had time to sit down as 4 minutes later Town re-took the lead.
Rotherham gave possession away cheaply in the midfield and Sean Scannell was quick to act upon the mistake. The rapid midfielder pounced onto the ball and sprinted 25 yards before releasing a pass to Nahki Wells, who made his way into the box, before firing a low shot that cannoned off the right post and bounced in.
Town went in as worthy leaders at the break, with the half time score Huddersfield 2-1 Rotherham.
Rotherham were first out the tunnel in their bright green away kit, eager to get the 2nd half started. But Huddersfield remained in control of the game and looked comfortable although Rotherham had some half chances on the counter attack.
The town fans were begging the home side to put the game to bed as Huddersfield wasted a number of corners and they were nearly made to pay by Rotherham when Tom Adeyemi burst into the box and somehow missed the target completely with a header from close range, which for sure, made the Town fans breathe a huge sigh of relief.
It just didn’t prove to be Tom Adeyemi’s night as he blasted a shot way over the bar in the late stages of the match.
Huddersfield dealt with large amounts of pressure in the closing moments but they managed to hold out for yet another home victory to send them back to the top of the league.
Rotherham however, sit rock bottom and without a win in 6 games.
All in all, the result was fair but on another day Town would’ve put the game to bed much earlier and could’ve scored many more than the couple. Rotherham gave their best shot at it but they will have to take chances in upcoming games or I fear relegation is on the cards for the Millers this year.
Huddersfield fans, what did you make of the game? Was there anything of note to improve going into the next set of games? Let us know in the comments below!
featured image by Tim Hoggarth