Town 2 – 1 Rotherham

Town would continue their winning strike in front of the home fans, with a Jekyll and Hyde style performance. Rotherham were not lacking in will but were lacking in any real quality. The difference between the teams and their subsequent league positions was rather noticeable.

When David Wagner spent the summer building a squad, demanding at least two players per position, he clearly understood his side would require room for suspensions, injuries or fatigue that is unavoidable throughout the Sky Bet Championship season.

His starting XI against Rotherham would prove that the has quality in its depth. Three ever-present players would make way; Hudson would be replaced by Hefele, Lowe by Holmes-Dennis and Hogg with Whitehead.

Town were unsurprisingly dominant throughout the opening 45 minutes controlling possession. Mooy and Whitehead, through their endeavour provided the youthfully exuberant Palmer with the freedom to expressive himself.

Fans were still making their way into the John Smiths when Kachunga poked home after some defending that is more commonly found in the local parks on a Sunday morning.

The whispers begin to echo around the ground, “is this be the match were Town finally put a team to the sword?”

With Rotherham stunned and Mooy playing the puppet master, Town fans were clutching their 4-0 and 5-0 betting slips with gleeful optimism. The long awaited goal glut seemed momentary.

As Palmer ghosted past the Millers’ midfield all he had to do was slide Kachunga through on goal, when the ball eventually made its way over to the Town no.9 it was met by the linesman’s flag.

Football is a cruel and unforgiving game, all too regularly it punishes moments like these and without fail Rotherham equalised just moments later through the returning Danny Ward, who flicked in a cross from the right.

Town, it could be argued, currently lack that Killer instinct, what you cannot question however is their resolve. The Terriers immediately regained their 1 goal lead when Sean Scannell showcased his best quality with a typically direct dribble and solid end product to free Wells who duly applied a cute finish from inside the box.

Leading by a single goal is now familiar territory for the men in blue and white. Huddersfield were rarely tested after half-time and despite them coming against a lesser opposition the debuts of Hefele and Holmes-Dennis were reassuring.

Rotherham could have and perhaps should have left the John Smith’s with a point when Adeyemi headed wide at the back post late on.

After this near scare, Town comfortably saw out the remainder of the game, with the visitors having only registered one shot on target throughout the evening.

Town would be top of the table on 22 points from the first 10 games.

Ooh to be a…


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