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Huddersfield Town recorded their first two wins this season in the space of a week, and fans will be feeling positive about the impact that the Cowley Brothers are having already.
Huddersfield had endured a torrid year since the start of their ill-fated Premier League campaign last season. Since parting company with David Wagner and more recently Jan Siewert, they had gotten into a habit of losing games and losing confidence as a result.
Following the departure of Siewert, Huddersfield took a different approach and looked domestic with their appointment and turned to Danny, and brother Nicky, Cowley, formerly of Lincoln City. Since then, the Terriers have recorded their first two wins of the season, including their first win on a Saturday in 539 days when they beat Hull City 3-0.
This result had much to admire from a Huddersfield perspective and gives the fans hope of maybe something special could be happening already under this new regime. It was clear to see that the woeful run in the Premier League had shattered the confidence of the players, notably Elias Kachunga who seemed a shadow of that player up until recently.
Coming up against the Tigers at the weekend, Town were facing a very inconsistent team, but one that posed a serious threat with the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki flanking and Tom Eaves fresh from netting the winner in midweek.
Having said this, Huddersfield did brilliantly to keep the Tigers at bay, keeping a clean sheet and being clinical in front of goal by scoring three well-worked goals whilst having less shots than their opponents.
Averaging just over 50% possession in the Championship this season, there had not been much of a case (before the Cowley Brothers arrived) that Huddersfield were dominating games. When playing Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall at home, despite a disappointing loss and draw respectively, the Terriers had over 60% possession in both, showing the confidence to get on the front foot. This continued into the Hull game where they had 59% possession too.
While it is clear Huddersfield are moving in the right direction, Danny Cowley is not getting carried away with recent performances and urges his team to build on this run. He told Sky Sports: “We believe we are moving in the right direction. We saw a team that was fighting really hard. We have done well this week, but we won’t get carried away. We will stay humble and move forward.
“It was a good performance, our best start to a game since we’ve been here. We played with an energy and pinned them back. We tweaked a few bits at half-time and became more fluid. We found the all-important first goal and that gave us control. We were pleased with the goals. It was an unbelievable finish from Karlan Grant and it was a great goal from Juninho Bacuna.”
There is still a lot of football to be played this season but with seven points out of nine in the space of a week, the Cowley’s will be looking to build on this momentum with the international break coming at a perfect time to consolidate some good performances.
With this renewed view in the dugout starting to bring points, fans on the terraces can believe they are heading in the right direction.