Updated: Nov 18, 2019
Stephan Roux was at Griffin Park yesterday to watch Town battle their way to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Thomas Frank's in-form Brentford. The performance, result and atmosphere was a world away from London-based Stephan's last game - the early season 1-1 draw with QPR.
In this blog post, Steph waxes lyrical about Huddersfield's management duo, that man Karlan Grant and some catchy songs from the Town faithful.
It's been a little while since I've been able to attend a game the last one being the 1-1 draw at QPR in the back end of Jan Siewert's ill-fated reign. On that day despite taking the lead the air around the game and in the stands was one of abject disappointment and a fatalist expectation that our season was heading down the toilet quickly.
Cut to a few months later and on a run of 6 games unbeaten we headed to Griffin Park to take on an in-form Brentford.
It was billed by fans and the club as our toughest test under the Cowley brothers and I, like most fans went hoping for a good showing rather than points if I'm honest.
However, half an hour before kick-off and the energy that was missing at that QPR game was evident, there were smiles on the terraces, and a real interest in what Danny and Nicky Cowley were doing in the warm-up.
With pie in hand, beer in my belly and the last post ringing out, it was game time.
The match started as expected, lots of possession for the Bees and some half-decent efforts on goal. Town were, however, showing how they'd planned to tackle this game, frustrate Brentford, press hard and make the most of any opportunity to counter.
The Bees had a few good chances but either squandered them or saw their shots fall into the grateful arms of Kamil Grabara. Although Town were the side unlucky not to go in at the break ahead with two great chances falling to Bacuna and Grant. 0-0 at half time was a good score for us and we were still in the game.
Secretly, I believe most town fans would've gone home very happy with a point out of this game, but at the break we started to believe we could nick all three.
A beerless half time came and went, and with Town attacking the away end, the fans were in fine voice with Lewis O'Brien and Karlan Grant getting the majority of the overtures, rightfully so, with both playing out of their skins, especially O'Brien and his factor 50!
Come to the hour mark and another promising attack saw, the electric man of the moment, Grant plant the ball in the bottom corner just evading Raya's fingertips to put Town ahead.
Cue what felt like a 1500 man group hug and it was then time to cling on for the win. Cling on we did, but not by our fingertips with a few more chances that could've wrapped up the game and sealed the points.
In the end, it wasn't needed and the travelling fans went home very happy (after giving Pontus Jannson the prescribed amount of grief he needed.)
What a game, what a feeling, 7 unbeaten and up to 18th in the table the renewed optimism and energy in the stands was justified. I'm not going to talk about miracles yet, I'll save that for the end of the season but the Cowley effect is definitely being felt.
Tactically we are better, more astute and with detailed game plans for each match and opponent, we can hold our own against anyone in the division, Preston up next and a proper derby against Leeds early next month will bring tougher tests but they are ones we can go into with our heads high and hope for yet more points and performances. What a difference to how we all felt after QPR
'Till next time UTT
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