Former Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley suggested that the Terriers are starting to shows of becoming an exciting team to watch going forwards, despite highlighting their defensive issues in their loss at Stoke City.
Huddersfield travelled to Stoke aiming to continue their recent improvements under Cowley’s successor Carlos Corberan.
However, the Terriers encountered a home side full of confidence in the final third and shipped four goals with some poor defensive mistakes costing them and a few bad moments for on loan keeper Joel Castro Pereira.
There were positives to take from the game with Huddersfield firing in three goals away from home for the second match in succession on their travels after their recent 3-0 win at Millwall.
The likes of Carel Eiting, Isaac Mbenza and Naby Sarr were all on target as the Terriers dominated possession and looked a threat in the last third.
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Speaking to EFL on Quest, via Yorkshire Live, Cowley suggested that Huddersfield will be frustrated with some of the defensive mistakes they made throughout the game. However, he also focused on the positive changes being made by Corberan in the final third of the pitch.
He said: “I think Huddersfield, if I’m honest, it’s an erratic performance. Some really good moments, particularly going forward, but they’ll be disappointed defensively.
“The first goal they lost two first contacts, second goal they lose the ball in their own half – and you have to credit Stoke, I think they worked ever so hard at pressing and turning the ball over high up the pitch.
“The energy of the Stoke players got the turnover [before Stearman’s own goal] and they get a little bit of luck for their hard work.
“And then even the fourth goal it starts with a set piece and it’s a second phase really.”
He added: “They’ll be disappointed defensively. You’ll always be disappointed as a manger when you score three goals away from home and come away with no points.
“But certainly going forward there’s a lot to be excited about.”
Cowley did well at Huddersfield last season under challenging circumstances and managed to find a way to get the Terriers to pick up enough points to secure their Championship status. However, at times they struggled going forwards scoring just 52 league goals, 19 of which were scored by the departed Karlan Grant.
Corberan was brought into the club to evolve the style of play and try and make the Terriers more of a threat in the final third of the pitch. Huddersfield got off to a slow start to the campaign in front of goal, but there are signs emerging that the former Leeds United coach’s methods are starting to improve things in the last third.
Despite suffering a 4-3 defeat at Stoke, Huddersfield can reflect on an encouraging display, defensive errors aside. The Terriers are now a side who can travel away from home and dominate possession of the ball, which is a big change from what they were doing at the back end of last term.