Huddersfield suffered a disappointing defeat last weekend as they lost 3-1 away to high flying Preston.
The loss ended a great run of form under the Cowley brothers which has seen the Terriers climb out of the bottom three and move up to 19th place, three points away from the relegation zone.
After a woeful start to the season, picking up no wins in their first nine league fixtures, Huddersfield have turned their season around but Danny Cowley will be well aware that his team still have plenty of work to do after the international break to ensure their safety.
Huddersfield host mid table Birmingham City after the international break and the Cowley brothers will be eager to return to with a win.
Here are two hot and two not at Huddersfield heading into the international break.
Hot – Grant form
Karlan Grant’s form this season has seen him emerge as one of Huddersfield’s stand out performers of the season so far with nine goals and two assists.
Grant’s goals have proven to be decisive on a number of occasions this season as he secured three points for his team with the winner in the 1-0 win against Brentford recently and netting the second in the 2-1 win over Barnsley.
With an improved defence and counter attacking setup under Danny Cowley, Grant’s contributions have been vital and ensuring he maintains his form and fitness for the season could be crucial for Huddersfield.
Hot – Danny Cowley
Since their 4-2 loss at West Brom at the end of September, Huddersfield have been one of the in form teams in the league having lost just one game in their last eight.
Huddersfield have secured 15 points in this run and their only dropped points came in their most recent fixture against Preston.
Much of this success has been due to the impact of Danny Cowley after his appointment as manager on 9th September, which saw him earn the manager of the month award for October.
Not – Squad morale after Preston defeat
The 3-1 defeat to Preston brought Huddersfield’s excellent recent run to an abrupt halt last weekend.
Although the Terriers have looked a lot harder to beat of late, the loss may effect the morale of the squad, especially coming just before the international break.
With some tough upcoming fixtures, four of which are against teams currently in the top six, Cowley’s side will have to put the Preston defeat behind them in order to kick-start another successful run in the next few weeks.
Not – Elphick injury
Tommy Elphick has been a regular starter for Huddersfield this season and has been in good form of late, striking up an important partnership with fellow centre back Christopher Schindler.
Elphick received a hard tackle at Preston last weekend, which saw him substituted after just 22 minutes, and the club confirmed last week that the defender has sustained a knee ligament injury which will require surgery this week.
The injury will be a concern for Huddersfield who have been so reliant on the 32-year-old defender recently.