It was another frustrating day for Huddersfield Town on Saturday, as they were held to a 1-1 draw Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
Things started badly for the Terriers, who were behind with not much more than ten minutes on the clock as James Collins fired in from close range to put the hosts in front.
It would stay that way until the 74th minute, when Naby Sarr was on hand to to net on the rebound after Juninho Bacuna’s free-kick was only parried away by Hatters ‘keeper Simon Sluga.
Carlos Corberan’s side then ended the game with ten men after Harry Toffolo was sent off for a challenge on Glen Rea in stoppage time, who was then denied by the post with a late effort as both sides were forced to settle for a point.
But just what can Huddersfield take away from that draw at Kenilworth Road? Here, we look at three things we learnt about the Terriers from the game.
Scrutiny on Sarr
He may have scored the goal that earned them the point, but it seems as though questions will once again be asked of Naby Sarr after this one.
It was the centre-back’s loose ball out of defence that gifted Luton possession in the lead-up to their equaliser, with the 27-year-old then moving out of position in an attempt to win the ball back, which only helped the Hatters more in working that goalscoring opportunity.
Having also been guilty of mistakes in recent outings for the Terriers – something they cannot afford at the minute – you wonder whether Sarr’s place in the side may soon be – if it isn’t already – under threat.
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Encouraging signs from the new recruits
While it may have been another frustrating day in front of goal for Huddersfield’s attackers, they can at least take heart from the showings of some of their January signings.
Duane Holmes was able to force an excellent save from Sluga in the Luton goal late, while Rolando Aarons was by all accounts a big threat down the wing after his introduction at half time.
Huddersfield will therefore be hoping that once those sorts of players are able to really get up to full speed at the John Smith’s Stadium, those chances might start falling more kindly for them, although they will still have to make sure they can take advantage of that.
Pressure building from below
Regardless of any positives they do take from that match, the fact of the matter is, the threat of a relegation battle is starting to grow for Huddersfield.
The Terriers have taken just two points from six league games since the start of 2021, while also losing to Plymouth in the FA Cup, meaning they have dropped from 12th to 17th in the Championship table, and are now just five points clear of the relegation zone.
If they continue with that form they have been showing, then that gap is surely going to get smaller, which in turn is only going to increase the pressure on the Terriers, and you wonder if that is something they will be able to cope with judging by recent performances.