Huddersfield Town 0 Liverpool 1: Luckless Once Again

Town fans left the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday bursting with pride after witnessing a superb performance from their team. Whilst there was undoubted pride, it was twinged with an element of frustration and left us with a simple question. When will our luck change?


There was no lack of endeavour in our peformance, no glaring errors or mistakes, but we were once again denied the rub of the green. Saturday 14th March is the last time David Wagner's side have scored at home, but that unwanted record should have ended against Liverpool.



The Terriers were denied by the woodwork, the linesman and the referee in their latest clash, whilst being undone by one moment of excellent play in the first period. In truth there is little that Town could have done to avoid Mo Salah's goal - Liverpool's only shot on target in the entire game.


Shaqiri ghosted past his marker too easily perhaps, but his pass to Salah and the resulting finish were of the highest quality. That goal came after Town had largely dominated proceedings and could so easily have led to a collapse from the home side.


Yet Wagner's men were not ready to lie down and accept defeat, they kept their heads high and forced Liverpool's defence back and back. Jonathan Hogg continued his trend of nearly scoring from long range when his thunderous strike shook Alisson's right post.


Phillip Billing went close with a rasping effort from a free-kick and James Milner was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he handled in the box. Following that Alex Pritchard had an acrobatic effort ruled out for offside, despite replays showing that he was in fact onside.


In the second period Liverpool partially succeeded in slowing the pace of the game, but despite that Laurent Depoitre came close to levelling the scores when his header was saved well by Liverpool 'keeper Alisson.


Town's clearest chance of the game fell to Steve Mounie eight minutes from time as the ball ricocheted to him on the edge of the six-yard box. With the goal at his mercy he fired the ball high over the net and with that, Town's hope of grabbing a point vanished.



Jurgen Klopp later praised Town for their performance and conceded that his side were lucky to leave with all three points. David Wagner admitted that he sounded like a broken record in his post-match interview when he praised our overall performance but bemoaned the result.


However, Wagner did go on to say that if we continue to perform in the manner that we have, then the results will come.


Moment of the match: Phil Billing's booming free-kick looked to have levelled the scores, but it crept just wide much to the relief of the stranded Alisson. Had that effort hit the back of the net it would undoubtedly have been a contender for goal of the season.


Groan of the match: Steve Mounie's late slash at goal was abysmal and the Beninese striker looks to be significantly lacking in confidence. That effort wasn't the first occasion this season that he has snatched at an opportunity and a cooler head will be needed if he is to break his goal drought.


TerrierBlog Man of the Match: Phil Billing - The towering Dane was the stand out performer of the evening, maintaining his levels of performance throughout the entire 90 minutes unlike his midfield partner Aaron Mooy. Billing's passing range was on full display and he can count himself incredibly unfortunate to have finished on the losing side.


What changes next week? Quite simply nothing, Town need to recreate the same level of performance at Vicarage Road on Saturday whilst importantly adding a cutting edge. Last season the Terriers stunned everyone when they travelled to Watford and suck four goals past the Hornets, let's hope they can do the same this time.


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