We here at TerrierBlog predicted a 3-1 win for Town at Goodison Park, and whilst our prediction was far-off the mark, we’re still incredibly happy at Saturday’s result. In this blog we take a quick look back at the Terriers battling Merseyside point.
The Terrier’s not dead yet
Last week we were all ready to take the long, sad trip to the vets as it looked like our beloved Terrier was about to be put to sleep. After a great innings of fun and energy, the poor old dog seemed to have lost all of its fight.
But this weekend its lust for life returned, looking downtrodden and beaten, the Terrier jumped back into life with a burst. David Wagner cut a downbeat figure on Tuesday night after the League Cup loss to Stoke, but he was all smiles on Saturday evening at Goodison.
His team had put in a performance that harked back to the original Terrier Spirit. They were tenacious, pressing, hard-working and most importantly brave. Town took the lead through a Phil Billing set-piece goal, before surrendering that lead fairly easily to a Dominc Calvert-Lewin goal.
However, the boys did not let that sink them. Judging on previous performances, such a set-back could have been seen as a harbinger of doom. But it wasn’t, Town dug in and stuck to their task, and in the end, came away slightly aggrieved to have only gained a point from the game.
A turning point
We said in our preview that this game could be the turning point for our season, or if you like, more of a catalyst. A win would obviously have been better than a draw, but the nature of our performance has gone a long way to restoring faith amongst the players and the staff.
A heavy loss at Goodison would have been dreadful ahead of the international break. Fans and players would be left to dwell on the club’s downturn in form and our misery would have been compounded. As it is, we head into the international break clear of the relegation zone and in fine spirits.
The Television lies
After attending the game and watching the full 90 minute replay of Saturday’s match, I was shocked to see the coverage the game received on Match of the Day and other outlets. The general feeling was that Town had stolen a result and played negatively, when the opposite was the case.
Town enjoyed a fair amount of position and had many more goal scoring opportunities than the Toffees. Yet the highlights focused on one dangerous cross from Ademola Lookman and nothing else. We are the afterthought, the forgotten men, the already relegated Huddersfield in the eyes of the media already. Well let’s prove those arseholes wrong again! Until the next time, UTT.