Huddersfield Town have now played three games in this season’s League One, and have drawn all three.
It’s not a brilliant start for the team that many people, including me, have predicted as winners of the division come next May. As the title suggests, there are two ways of looking at it. On the one hand, we are stretching our unbeaten run in regular league games. This run now stands at a very impressive twenty-eight, the last defeat coming at Southampton way back on December 28th 2010. On the other hand, of course, we haven’t won in the league yet this season, and if you count the playoffs last season, that is now six draws and a defeat in the last seven games. Our last league win was the 3-2 victory at Brighton, who were already champions at the time, so you could argue they had taken their foot off the gas.
All this makes the weekend’s game at home to Colchester United a must win game, even at this early stage of the season. Town are now already six points behind the leaders, and while it is way too early to start worrying too much, Brighton showed last season that it is possible to get clear early on and stay top for the whole season. Now, just to add to the pessimism side of things, the last time Town won a home league game at 3pm on a Saturday was also all the way back before last Christmas on December 11th! The team they beat? Again, it was Brighton, a 2-1 victory.
One thing is true in football, though: all runs, good or bad, have to come to an end sometime. So, we will probably either lose, and end our record unbeaten run, or we will win and kick start our season. Looking at last season’s match with The U’s, it took place on a Saturday, at three o’clock. And the score? 0-0. A fourth consecutive draw on the cards then! The most annoying thing is that we’ve taken the lead three times so far this season, but not held on to it. Obviously that has to change, and quickly.
There is a few possible reasons for the winless start. There have been eight new players coming in over the summer. Two of those were on loan last season, and have returned to the club, so that leaves six new faces that have to be integrated into the club and the team. It can take time for new players to gel with their new colleagues, and I personally think this is the main reason for the slow start. There are fans who have been losing faith in the management for a while now, even though the team are unbeaten in so long. The main grumble seems to be the constant change in team selection and formation, which obviously isn’t going to get the best out of your players. Having said that, Lee Clark has steered the team to within ninety minutes of promotion. In the second half of last season, it did seem that there was more consistency in tactics, and the general consensus was that we should make a real push for a top two finish this season.
To answer the question in the title, then: my glass is half full, I am fully behind Lee Clark and his players, and am sure Saturday will bring our first win of the league campaign. Our season will be bang on track then and we won’t look back in our charge into the Championship! I hope…
Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town Blogger
James tweets at @jamesb5374