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Huddersfield Town will be hoping to begin September as they mean to go on, as new manager Danny Cowley prepares to get his feet properly under the table at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Terriers have endured a terrible start to the season, losing five of their first six Championship matches and occupying 23rd spot in the league standings after managing just one point from their opening games.
Their dismal form ultimately led to Jan Siewert getting the sack, with Lincoln boss Cowley coming in to replace the German who won just one out of 19 games in charge of the Terriers.
It’s hard to put into words just how much of a revelation Danny, and his brother Nicky, were during their time at Sincil Bank, completely transforming Lincoln City’s fortunes.
The duo took them from the lower echelons of the National League right up to the top-half of League One in the space of three seasons, winning two league titles and a Checkatrade Trophy in that time.
Lincoln look like a team that are more than capable of finishing in the play-off spots this season – they are a strong unit all over the pitch, which is largely down to Cowley’s recruitment and management skills.
Huddersfield will know all about Lincoln and how much of a force they were under Cowley, having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by the Imps only last month, where winger Harry Anderson scored the winner.
One thing that has remained consistent about Lincoln over the last few years is their ability to score goals from each position of the pitch. Their midfield is blessed with talent in the likes of Anderson, Bruno Andrade, Jorge Grant – players who have all found the back of the net this term.
That’s one thing that Cowley will be looking to achieve as soon as possible when he gets to work with his new set of players – making them a threat from each area of the pitch, having been shy in front of goal in the early stages of the season.
Of course, you always need a prolific goalscorer up top, and Huddersfield have that in Karlan Grant, who has found the net four times this season.
Apart from Grant, though, only one other player has found the back of the net for the Terriers this season, and that man is defensive midfielder Trevoh Chalobah.
Lincoln blitzed their way towards the League Two title last season, scoring 73 goals in 46 games, and the likes of Alex Pritchard should thrive in Cowley’s free-flowing, attacking style of play.
Pritchard has set the division alight before with Brentford and Norwich City, and it’s players like him who need to step up their game under Cowley and become their talisman in the middle of the park.
If they start to look much more dangerous and hungry for goals in midfield, then results should change pretty swiftly.