Two goals from two unlikely goal scorers secure 3 points for Danny Cowley’s men against an out of form Nottingham Forest.
The opening of the game indicated notion of the close contested game the match turned out to be, with both sides having goal scoring chances. Long range shots from Sammy Ameobi looked to test keeper Grabara who was playing on the back of a pivotal mistake from last weekend which had seen the Terriers concede to Wigan. However, Grabara was to make no mistake this week as he exampled some brilliant saves in both the first and second halves.
Despite Forest chances, it was Town who made the break through from a corner which was fanatically finished by captain Christopher Schindler. The goal had followed a period of Town pressure in the final third, with good chances for in form Karlan Grant and Juhinio Bacuna who is looking to increase his goal tally for the season.
The game proceeded to be tense, with what some may say ‘tasty’ tackles been shown. The referee was not shy in showing yellow cards as the game started to become a battle of physicality. This element of the game transferred to the side-lines and at half time it was the back room staff who were asserting their physicality. Altercations with coaching staff and both managers in Cowley and Lamouchi, led them both to comment on the lack of respect of the other side in their post match interviews.
However, there was only one battle which was important and that was the football. The second half saw Huddersfield score a second goal from striker Steve Mounie, a rare goal scorer of late. The Belgian forward headed the ball over the Forest line to double the Terrier’s lead. A two goal lead which was required as Forest found a goal with quarter of an hour to go through a leaping header from Joe Wirall.
In these last 15 minutes the game was wide open, Nottingham looked most threatening down the right hand side with winger Joe Lolley, former Huddersfield player, looking very dangerous when cutting in. A magnificent save was required from Grabara to keep the youngster off the score sheet. Lolley’s style of play was replicated by Grant at the opposite end of the pitch, as he cut in down the left hand side to try finish as he has done so well recently, with a curling top right shot which he marginally missed out on.
Minor fouls slowed the game down in its dying embers as the tension of the game decreased with the officials calling for free kicks, another factor possibly to cause the reaction of the Managers’ comments upon respect for the football.
Inevitably tactics of the game will be debated, but it was Huddersfield who enter the Christmas period with three points already in the bag.