· Huddersfield Town take on Lincoln City at home this evening in the League Cup.
· The Imps are on an upward trajectory, after rising from the National League to League One.
· The Cowley brother’s management duo have instilled a feel-good vibe into everyone at Sincil Bank and they are now setting their sights on the Championship.
· A 2-0 win away at Rotherham continued the Imps winning start to the campaign, moving them up to second in the League One table.
· Conversely it has been 168 days since Huddersfield’s last victory in competitive football.
Town entertain League One Lincoln City in the League Cup this evening and if social media is any barometer, there won’t be many Huddersfield fans in attendance. For those opting to stay in and enjoy a nice cosy evening, they risk missing the most important game of Jan Siewert’s managerial career thus far.
If the Terriers win this game – as they should – there will be no fanfare or widespread positivity directed towards Jan Siewert. If however they lose, the pendulum could shift amongst the fan base with cries to sack the manager potentially reaching a crescendo.
As mentioned in the introductory comments to this article, it has been 168 days since Town last recorded a victory in competitive football. As a fan base we have been incredibly patient with this team and the manager(s).
Personally I have seen Town win just 4 games in the past 2 years, a record that I am sure is similar to many of you reading. Where fans of other clubs would have stormed the pitch, thrown season tickets at managers and staged protests, Town fans have stood firm in their support.
Season card sales are up, the fans remain loud and supportive during games and a lot of people are eager to seek the positives from demoralising situations. But that can only last so long, and the onus is now on the team and the manager to show that they deserve that support.
For many, losing to Lincoln may ultimately be the final straw, the moment where their already paper-thin patience finally runs thin. Defeat has the potential to be the tinder block that ignites widespread calls for Siewert’s head (metaphorically, of course.)
Conversely a win could have a galvanising effect on the players and the management. Its common knowledge that losing becomes a habit, a way of life for some players and one that is hard to quit.
Tonight’s tie against a confident, promotion hunting Lincoln City is in many ways the nightmare game for Jan Siewert- win and it's just what was expected, lose and the knives will be out.
We'll be back tomorrow to review the goings on at tonight's game, hopefully we'll be discussing the morale-boosting effects of a 4-0 win. Until then, UTT.