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Fraizer Campbell scored his first goal for Huddersfield Town at the weekend, but it was not enough to give the Terriers their first win of the season.
Town ended their seven-match losing run and moved off the bottom of the Championship table, but they had to settle for a point in the end as they were held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Millwall.
There were still plenty of positives for Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley to take away from his side’s display though and one thing that will have pleased him is Campbell’s performance.
Campbell joined Huddersfield on a free transfer earlier this summer, after he was released by Hull City at the end of last season and scored his first goal for his hometown club on Saturday.
The 32-year-old gave Huddersfield a deserved lead in the 24th minute, finishing brilliantly after being teed up by fellow striker Karlan Grant.
Even though he was released by Hull at the end of last season, Campbell is more than capable of making an impact for Huddersfield this season and now that he’s got himself up to speed, he can really kick on.
There’s no doubt that Huddersfield could do with some more firepower up front. Grant has scored five of their eight goals so far this season and Town cannot afford to keep relying on him.
Campbell scored twelve goals for Hull in the Championship last season – his most productive season at any level for over a decade. He could definitely be the man to take some of the pressure off Grant.
At 32, it’s fair to say that Campbell is probably past his peak as a striker but he’s still more than capable of making an impact at this level and scoring his first goal for his hometown club should give his confidence a huge boost.
Understandably, his Huddersfield career got off to a bit of a slow start due to his fitness, after he didn’t have a proper pre-season, but now that he’s got himself up to speed, he has an opportunity to make a big impact.
Not only did Campbell take his goal really well on Saturday, but his all-round performance was very impressive and well have pleased Cowley.
Against a very physical side in Millwall, Campbell played with a relentless determination and never-say-die attitude that inspired the home crowd, and his goal was the very least that he deserved.
The striker was unlucky not to get himself another goal and came close to scoring again when he sent a powerful header over the bar from Lewis O’Brien’s cross, but he worked hard all over the pitch all afternoon.
He led from the front and led by example. Campbell is already a fans’ favourite at the John Smith’s Stadium and he’s more than capable of making an impact for the Terriers this season and taking some of the pressure off Grant.