After a less than impressive pre-season in which the team registered just one win (against Chesterfield!) in their seven matches, the season kicked off for Huddersfield Town with fans not daring to hope for anything more than survival in our first season back in the second tier after an eleven year absence. Yet a fantastic start to the season saw them take twenty points from the first eleven games, and be as high as second during that time. However, back to back hammerings at struggling Peterborough (3-1) and Millwall (4-0) have brought Town back down to earth with a bump.
It’s not the first time this season that Simon Grayson has had to suffer successive defeats. After brilliant 3-1 away wins at Hillsborough and Bloomfield Road, the Terriers were beaten at home by Watford and Leicester City. That was at the beginning of October, and they bounced back brilliantly with wins at Birmingham and at home over Wolves. Grayson will be hoping for a similar reaction from his players on Saturday November 3rd when they entertain Bristol City. Winless runs can become very difficult to turn around, and the manager will be hoping to put things right next time out. They managed it last time around, and I’m confident they can do it again.
That’s the beauty of this season’s Championship though, isn’t it? Anyone can beat anyone on any given weekend/midweek. And at least Town fans are being entertained, and we are seeing definitive results currently. Gone are the days of negative draws, and instead we are either winning or losing. We have only drawn two matches so far this term, compared to a ridiculous eighteen last season!
On the whole, though, it’s been a fabulous start to the season for Huddersfield. They’ve been especially good away from home, dominating but ultimately losing the first game of the season at Cardiff in front of the live cameras, and destroying Blackpool and Wednesday in their own backyards, the former again on the tellybox. And they don’t seem to be missing striker Jordan Rhodes either! James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford, both on loan, are forming a really good looking partnership upfront, with both players scoring regularly, and the club have several million pounds in the bank to boot.
Bottom line, I said at the start of the season that I would be happy with a final position of around thirteenth to fifteenth, and that opinion certainly hasn’t changed because of a good start. The way I see it, we are twenty points closer to staying up!
Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger
James tweets at @jamesb5374