It's Coming Home: Three Points That is

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It's finally happened! Huddersfield Town have won a competetive game for the first time since April. When the final whistle rang out at the John Smith's Stadium last night there was a palpable sense of relief amongst the fans and players alike.


Last night's 1-0 victory over Fulham wasn't the most glamorous of wins, but neither was our last victory when Tom Ince struck in the dying embers of the game against Watford. Regardless of the manner in which the points were delivered, they were still of massive importance.


Going into last night's game David Wagner's side were the only one left in Europe's top divisions yet to win. But it hadn't been through lack of trying, with the Terriers being devastatingly unlucky not to gain more points from their previous 10 league outings.


But forget all that, let's look back on what sealed our all important victory last night and what it could mean for the rest of the season.


Guts, grit, determination and buckets of character


Last time out Town were humbled 3-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road, in what was one of the most alarming performances in David Wagner's 3 years in charge at the club. There seemed to be no fight, no will to win and an acceptance of our pre-ordained fate as relegation certainties.


Bouncing back seemed unlikely and there was a fair amount of trepidation about the upcoming clash with Fulham. Yet somehow David Wagner managed to put fire back into the bellies of a group of seemingly deflated footballers.



From the opening minutes of last night's clash it was clear that Town wanted it more than Fulham. There was an acceptance that things might not go for them, but that they would still fight and battle until the very end.


There was very little quality on show in the match, but what edged it was the determination and character of Town's players on the pitch. The defence would not be beaten, the midfield would not shirk a tackle and the attackers fought and scrapped for everything.


Set-Pieces


Do you remember when David Wagner first took charge at Huddersfield Town? There was widespread praise for his tactics, but the one area that fans criticised was his side's effectiveness from set-pieces.


Town would rarely threaten from corners and free-kicks, but also looked susceptible to conceding from them. What we've seen in recent months is Wagner's focus on set-pieces really coming into play.


His side have scored five goals this season, all of them coming from dead ball situations. Last night it was the turn of Christopher Schindler to get in on the action again, seeing his goal bound header cannon in off Timothy Fosu-Mensah.


Wagner had clearly targeted balls into the box as the way to beat Fulham, and so it proved with the Cottagers eventually succumbing to the aerial bombardment they endured.


Turning three points into more


In the first eleven games of the season Huddersfield Town played Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Leicester, Burnley and high-flying Watford - none of which were easy games.


Apart from the upcoming trip to Arsenal, the next six games look kind with fixtures against West Ham, Wolves, Brighton, Newcastle and Bournemouth to come. David Wagner and his men can feasibly target more wins in this run as they bid to turn last night's win into a lasting legacy for this season.


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