If last night’s travelling Terriers were hoping to see flashes of stunning spectacle, they perhaps should have stayed in Huddersfield. As the lightning bolts lit up the West Yorkshire skyline, sadly the same can’t be said of events that unfolded down at the Amex.
A match of few clear cut chances, the minutes ticked by leaving both sets of fans with little cheer other than the announcement of the departing trains. It appeared as though the Terriers would continue their unbeaten run and leave the seaside with a stick of rock and at least a point.
This was until Brighton danger man Anthony Knockaert squeezed a deflected low shot through the clutches of Town shot stopper Danny Ward late into the game leaving no time for Town to respond, even the introducing of fans favourite Michael Hefele wasn’t enough.
Wagner was quick to support his no.1 in his post-match interview saying “Mistakes are part of this game. Unfortunately, if a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s a goal.” An unlucky moment for the young man on-loan from Liverpool, who has taken to life in West Yorkshire and can be credited for a string of stunning saves during his short time at Huddersfield.
If not for his heroics Town could have been behind much earlier, Ward would make an excellent save when faced with a one-on-one with the on-rushing Jamie Murphy as the Seagulls enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges.
Town were limited to few chances over the course of the evening with their best chance going the way of Elias Kachunga who was unable to connect with a Jack Payne crossed that evaded Brighton’s keeper David Stockdale.
Brighton without a win in their previous 3 matches looked determined and most likely to break the deadlock. Reassuringly for the Blue and White army we can feel positive that we are able to compete with the strongest teams in the league.
Some fans may question the lack of attacking prowess on show at the Amex but it is worth remembering that when you face the division’s elite you sometimes to have be a little more tactically sophisticated and adapt to the lack of freedom we are used to at the John Smith’s stadium.
Let’s face it…we were going to lose at some point, this is football, and in football you simply cannot win every game you play. We can pleased with the nature of the performance and perhaps feel a little unlucky that we were unable to secure at least a point.
Under David Wagner, we have enjoyed our best start to a league season in their 108-year history, and still lead the way at the top, with our lead now cut to only one point after Newcastle’s thrashing of QPR, Town’s next opponents.
16 points from a possible 21. I can live with that.
Ooh to be a…