If you look at the majority of stats from Monday’s tilt with Wigan Athletic, you would think Huddersfield Town strolled to victory. They controlled 70 percent of the possession, had 19 shots compared to nine by the visitors and a nine-one edge in corners.
Unfortunately for the Terriers, the key word in that previous paragraph is ‘majority’. When it was all said and done, they lost out in the most important statistic of all – goals scored.
In some respects, Huddersfield deserved better, after all the effort they put in. However, this doesn’t change the fact there can be no excuses for losing 2-1 at home to a side which entered the game second bottom in the Championship.
The result marked the first win for Warren Joyce, since taking over as Wigan manager at the start of November. Remarkably, it was also the first time the Lactics have ever won a league game in Huddersfield.
Manager David Wagner has been facing increasing criticism of late, after a run of just four points out of a possible 18. A fifth defeat in seven games will not do anything to relieve the pressure.
Speaking to the BBC and the rest of the media after the game, Wagner seemed remarkably calm: “We played some good stuff today, we brought our identity on the grass, created moments and played with speed and were energetic.”
Still, the 45-year old believes his team were unlucky not to get at least a point from the game: “It was a good game from my side, but unfortunately we didn’t get two penalties in my opinion, after speaking with the guys from the TV one was 100 percent.”
Regardless of the penalty appeals, Huddersfield have only themselves to blame for not taking advantage of dominating the possession and chances. Ironically though, it was this domination which ultimately led to their downfall.
Wagner said: “Our biggest problem in our game was that we were not able to handle their counter-attacks better than we did. The first one we have to clear in the middle of the pitch, not when their winger was on the sideline, and the second one we switched off after we thought we had cleared the situation and the ball goes over our head.”
With the result, the Terriers find themselves in sixth place in the table. The likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City and Derby County are all now waiting to pounce and take over that precious final playoff spot.
In theory, Huddersfield have the chance to bounce back on Saturday against a struggling Blackburn Rovers side, which is currently one point off a relegation place. However, after this result against Wigan, they cannot take anything for granted.
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