Elias Kachunga of Huddersfield Town (R) and Anthony Forde of Rotherham United in action
Huddersfield Town have returned to the top of the Championship after a nervy 2-1 victory at the John Smith Stadium last night.
The Terriers hosted a struggling Rotherham United side who were facing the prospect of losing their opening five games on the road for the first time since the 1990/91 season.
And whilst the visitors put up a brave fight, Town held their ground in an edgy second half that saw both sides thwart chances to find the back of the net.
Here are five things we learned from last night’s game:
1. Huddersfield Town have character
When top scorer Elias Kachunga netted the opening goal within two minutes, it put paid to the disappointing defeat at Reading on Saturday.
Ahead of the game Nahki Wells insisted to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that Wagner always encourages the squad to look forward, and that certainly showed in the first half of this match.
And when Rotherham scored a surprise goal in the 34th minute, Town got back to it and only took four minutes to retake the lead.
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner
2. Wagner’s side has depth
Huddersfield Town had three players absent through suspension and one through injury, meaning David Wagner had to delve deep into his squad to assemble his starting XI for Rotherham, a prospect he was excited about before Tuesday’s match.
And his players did not disappoint. Michael Hefele got his first start for the club and whilst the centre back obviously did not have the same chemistry with Schindler as Hudson, he made sure to try and relive the glory of his debut when he scored in seconds.
Hefele had four shots at goal during the course of the match, a number only matched by teammate Wells but also played his part in a competent defensive display.
3. Rotherham United have guts
When the game concluded, Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United were top and bottom of the league respectively but anyone watching the second half might not have believed that.
While the team only managed 28 per cent possession in the first half, this rose to 40 per cent for the second and a late fightback almost produced an equaliser while the defence thwarted several chances Huddersfield had.
Rotherham’s Adeyemi missed a golden opportunity to get a point for Rotherham when he headed a cross just wide as a nervous Town side waned in the final minutes.
Tom Adeyemi of Rotherham United misses a chance to score
4. Rotherham are now in a desperate situation
Nothing changes the fact that Rotherham are now sitting bottom of the Championship and have yet to win on the road, while they also struggle to get goals on their own turf.
And it’s not about to get any easier as the team are hosting an in-form Newcastle United on Saturday so the squad will have to turn home form around quickly if they expect to curtail the miserable start to the season they have had.
As for Huddersfield, they will remain top of the table unless Norwich, who face Newcastle United, can get a difficult victory at St James’ Park tonight.
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