Ince to the rescue!

Tom Ince finally took his chance to become a Huddersfield Town legend by slotting a last-gasp winner against Watford on Saturday. The all-important goal took Town seven points clear of the relegation zone and represents a massive step towards survival. Here we take a look at the main talking points from the game.



Changing emphasis

Huddersfield started Saturday's game in much the same way as normal, recycling the ball and pressing Watford all over the pitch. They did however alter their style of play after twenty minutes, opting to play longer, more direct balls.


The stats from the game reflect that, Huddersfield attempted 365 passes in comparison to Watford's 408, with the Terriers only completing 172. That highlights Town's change in emphasis and it was encouraging to see the team adapt and change during the match.


In recent home games against Swansea and Crystal Palace there was a stubborn dedication to short-passing and possession football, despite it's failure to put the opponents under pressure. Against Watford the team displayed great game-management, altering their approach to ultimately grab a vital win.


Ince shows character


It would have been very easy for Tom Ince to sulk after watching Collin Quaner play in his place for over an hour on Saturday, but the 26-year-old had the perfect attitude when he was brought on. After barely five minutes on the pitch he had a fierce goal bound effort blocked by Prodl which showed his desire to effect the game.


After suffering for much of the season with a lack of confidence, he could have been forgiven for not getting in the box late on to reach Zanka's drag back, but yet there he was, arriving late to tuck the ball away and seal a vital win for Town.


Are we safe yet?


In short, no. But we are a whole lot closer to safety than we were before the game, the chasing pack of Stoke and Southampton need to win three of their last five to leapfrog Town. Which seems unlikely considering they have only won eleven games between them all season.


Yet, we still have to look over our shoulders. Our remaining fixtures look incredibly tough and it wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility to see us lose every game. Added to that, relegation miracles do happen every now and then.


Sunderland and Leicester are two recent examples of teams that have come back from the dead to avoid the drop. Arguably Stoke and Southampton have better players than either of those two teams, so we'll have to keep the champagne on ice just for now.


Must-win


Despite all of the celebrations on Saturday, the hard work is not over and Town must target their next home game against Everton for three points. A win could send Huddersfield ten points clear of the drop with three matches to play.


The Toffees boast a team full of attacking talent, but have only managed to find the net twelve times on the road this season. Sam Allardyce's tactics appear to have alienated several members of his squad as well, so Town should have every confidence of grabbing a victory.


It will of course require another committed display, but this team are no strangers to performing when it matters. Until the next time, UTT!

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