This was a very important match for Chris Hughton’s Brighton and Hove Albion side, and they duly delivered under the pressure.
After a dismal run of eight games without a win, it was looking like Brighton’s unbelievable first half of the season would fade away.
Sides around Brighton climbed closer and without their win against Huddersfield, they would have dropped to fifth, one point ahead of seventh placed Birmingham City.
However, as it stands, Brighton have now reached 50 points for the campaign and sit in third, five points off of Middlesbrough, who have struggled slightly in recent weeks.
The win over the Terriers saw Albion pick up back-to-back wins for the first time since early December, and it will be a welcome relief for Hughton’s charges that they are beginning to put results together again.
As for Huddersfield Town, their five game unbeaten run in the league was halted and they dropped to 17th behind Leeds United.
Manager David Wagner has had a good start to his managerial career at Huddersfield so far, but will be concerned by his side’s lacklustre showing against Brighton.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Rafie Thompson identifies three things that we learned from yesterday’s encounter…
1) Brighton back to scoring ways at home
Before the match on Saturday, the Seagulls had not scored at home for three consecutive games and the pressure was really on the team to deliver after winning away at Blackburn Rovers.
It took Bobby Zamora just thirty minutes to quell any worries about Brighton’s scoring ability, as he finished well past the opposition ‘keeper, assisted by the impressive Anthony Knockaert.
After the away side equalised before half-time, impressive striker James Wilson put the hosts back in front in the 66th minute as he headed home Knockaert’s cross.
After Brighton’s six games without scoring they have now scored in their last two and will be greatly encouraged by their upturn in form.
2) Knockaert’s impressive performance
Knockaert provided assists for both Zamora and Wilson on Saturday, and is finding his feet at the club after joining from Standard Liege.
After being a stand-out player against Rotherham United and playing well against Blackburn, Knockaert bagged two assists on Saturday in only his third game for Brighton.
In this second half of the season, he will be essential in chance creation and we could well see Brighton score a lot more goals with him in the side.
3) Huddersfield’s first loss in six
Huddersfield have been impressive under Wagner so far but their loss against Brighton will mean that his side must keep working hard to climb the table.
Despite their unbeaten run, they still sit 17th in the table, and Wagner will want the likes of Nahki Wells to really inspire the team to push up for a good position in the league come the end of the season.
If they can pick up results at a consistent rate, there is no reason why Huddersfield can build and look to the future, after recent seasons where they have finished in the bottom half of the table.
Brighton fans… do you think you can finish top six come the end of the season?
Huddersfield fans… how much has Wagner improved the side’s form? Let us know in the comments below!