Premier League Season Review

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

As is customary in the Summer interlull, we bring you our season review so that you can relive the year that was with Huddersfield Town. Below is our month-by-month guide of the Terriers' maiden season in the Premier League, enjoy



August


After a frenzied Summer of transfer activity, Huddersfield kicked off their Premier League campaign with a fixture against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. During the Summer the Eagles had appointed legendary Dutchman Frank De Boer as their head coach and although there was hope amongst Terriers fans, there was no real expectation of what was to come.


Town started the game in a frantic manner and made their early pressure count when new signing Zanka forced Palace defender Joel Ward into scoring an own goal. Three minutes later the newly acquired Steve Mounie sent the travelling fans into raptures as he rose high to head Town into a 2-0 lead.


Big Steve followed this up with a stunning strike in the second-half that sealed a 3-0 win for Town and sent them briefly to the top of the Premier League, dreamland!


The John Smiths' stadium was the venue the following week when Huddersfield entertained Newcastle United. The Town fans created a superb atmosphere and Aaron Mooy ensured they were rewarded when he steered home a long-range effort to send the Terriers to a 1-0 win.


Next up was a fairly drab encounter with League One Rotherham United in the Carabao Cup, despite falling behind early-on, Town's squad of reserves battled back to win 2-1.


Southampton presented the next test for the Terriers when they travelled to West Yorkshire at the end of August. Despite the game finishing 0-0, there were plenty of chances for both sides, firstly Elias Kachunga should have scored for Huddersfield.


Then in the closing stages, Huddersfield had Danish 'keeper Jonas Lossl to thank for keeping the score at 0-0.


7 points from 3 games wasn't a bad return for a squad tipped to finish the season with the lowest points return in Premier League history. Town fans headed into the international break full of hope and bridling with joy following the recent performances from their team.


September


The month began with a visit to East London to face West Ham at the Olympic Stadium. From a personal point of view, I was incredibly disappointed that this game was moved from Saturday to Monday for television, why? Because on Monday 11th September I was boarding a flight to Mexico in order to embark on 6 months travelling in Latin America.


The fact that I'd booked train tickets to and from London on the Saturday added to my anger, but my rage piqued when my plane landed in Cancun. On touchdown I fervently activated my mobile roaming to check the Town score, only to see that we had fallen to a disappointing 2-0 loss.


Next up for the Terriers was the visit of Leicester City which saw Laurent Depoitre bag his first goal for Huddersfield in a 1-1 draw that also saw a Elias Kachunga goal dubiously ruled out for offside.


The reality of the Premier League soon hit home, a 1-0 loss to Palace in the Carabao Cup was followed by a 0-0 draw at Burnley and a 0-4 humbling by a Harry Kane inspired Tottenham.


October


Following the international break Town travelled to Swansea and put in a feeble performance, losing 2-0 with Jonas Lossl setting up the hosts' first goal. Huddersfield's early season form had fallen off a cliff and pundits were beginning to write off David Wagner's team.


But, as is customary with this team, they pulled a result out of the bag when no one was expecting it. Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored in a 2-1 win against the mighty Manchester United, and Wagner's new defensive approach seemed to have worked excellently, until Liverpool...


A drab game at Anfield the following week culminated in a 3-0 loss in which Town barely managed to escape from their own half, there were clearly more lessons to learn.


November


West Brom were Town's first opponents of the month and a stunning goal from Rajiv Van La Parra sent the Terriers on their way to a 1-0 win. The 3 points didn't come easy though, as Town were made to fight for the victory following the dismissal of Christopher Schindler.


Ecstasy turned to agony the following week when Bournemouth battered Town 4-0 on the South Coast, which was even more disheartening with fixtures against Manchester City and Arsenal to come.


In the home game against City, a Christopher Schindler goal wasn't enough for Town as they fell to a 2-1 loss courtesy of a fortuitous Raheem Sterling goal.


The Terriers' profligacy in front of goal had been their Achilles heel all season and this was highlighted cruelly at the Emirates stadium. After falling behind early on, Town spurned several good chances to equalise before collapsing to a 5-0 defeat in a limp second-half.


December


A jam-packed month began with a 2-0 loss at Goodison Park, before a Steve Mounie brace steered Town to a win by the same margin at home to Brighton. Three days later Huddersfield were given a footballing lesson by the reigning Champions Chelsea at home, with the scoreline of 3-1 flattering the hosts.


Then came the most unexpected result of the season, after failing to score away from home since the opening day a rampant Town side smashed 4 goals past Watford at Vicarage Road. The most memorable thing from that match was the take off of the Laurent Depoitre song, which has been firmly stuck in my head ever since!


Draws were the order of the day from then on, with stalemates away to Southampton and at home to Stoke and Burnley respectively. Failure to gain a win in these 3 fixtures left Town fans looking nervously over their shoulders' as the team headed into 2018.


January


The New Year brought a sharp downturn in results for Town, with a 2-1 FA Cup win away to Bolton being sandwiched by a 3-0 loss to Leicester and a 4-1 defeat to West Ham. As New Labour knew though, things can only get better right? Nope.


A 1-1 draw at home to Birmingham was the best that the side could muster in the remainder of the month, losing disappointingly away to Stoke and feebly surrendering to Liverpool at home.


At the end of January, one pundit stated that Town's 'arse had fallen out', and he seemed to be right. Relegation was looming large on the horizon, and something had to change.


February


New signing Terence Kongolo endeared himself to Town fans at Old Trafford when he nearly killed United youngster Scott McTominay with a 'tough' challenge. Huddersfield still lost 2-0 despite Kongolo's UFC antics as the wait for a win continued.


In the FA Cup replay away to Birmingham there were genuine fears that Town would fall victim to an upset, and the team looked incapable of dispelling those fears in the first 90 minutes, being forced into extra-time after another 1-1.


Then came the turning point of the season, Town attacked Birmingham with intent, precision and speed to wrap up a 4-1 victory and rediscover their goal-scoring capabilities.


A few days later a first-goal from January signing Alex Pritchard helped Huddersfield recreate that scoreline this time against Bournemouth in the Premier League. Wagner's experimentation with containment tactics looked to be over and the Terrier Identity returned with a vengeance.


An unfortunate 2-0 loss at home to Manchester United in the FA Cup was followed by a vitally important win away to a beleaguered West Brom who were finally starting to lose patience with their disastrous head coach Alan Pardew.


March


In keeping with the flow of the season, Town followed up a successful month with a turgid one. An anodyne performance away to Spurs saw Town lose 2-0 and in the following fixture at home to Swansea the attacking verve of February began to feel like a distant memory.


After Ayew was dismissed for the Swans, Town played nearly 80 minutes of football against 10 men who weren't interested at all in attacking. Despite having 104% possession and 546 shots, Town were unable to break down Carvalhal's men, with the game finishing 0-0.


The month finished with a 2-0 loss to Palace and a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle that left Town looking down the barrel of a relegation-loaded gun.


April


"Town never do it the easy way"


You'll undoubtedly have heard someone say that before, and the reason that phrase is so popular is because it's absolutely true. A 1-1 draw away to Brighton put Town back on track before a last-gasp Tom Ince winner against Watford looked to have put Premier League safety into our own hands.


With three difficult games left to finish the season, the penultimate home game of the campaign against Everton looked to be a must-win. All Town had to do was beat a team in turmoil whose fans were openly revolting against their manager Sam Allardyce.


Well, a Tosun goal and a Gueye strike later and the Terriers were staring down the prospect of needing to get points from fixtures against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. As they say, Town never do it the easy way...


May


Super Sunday featured Huddersfield travelling to the home of Champions-elect Manchester City who were looking to break all kinds of Premier League records. Surely a cricket score was in order?


Nope! Wagner started with a daring formation of 9-0-1, which somehow bore fruit. Town players defended with their lives and kept City at bay, in fact, had Scott Malone had his shooting boots on, Huddersfield may well have grabbed a 1-0 victory late on.


Whilst a point at the Etihad was good, in the grand scheme of things it didn't mean anything if Town couldn't get at least a point from their last two games.


In the midweek fixture against Chelsea, the Terriers lined up in the same way as they had against City, but Chelsea's directness seemed to put Town under more pressure and there were times in the first-half when it looked like determination and grit might not be enough for Huddersfield.


That was until Laurent Depoitre showed strength, courage and poise to send Town into an unexpected and largely undeserved lead. The Terriers now had something to hold on to and they did so with a steadfast resoluteness. 


A freak goal from Marcos Alonso levelled the scores but several last-ditch tackles and a stunning save from Jonas Lossl secured the point that kept Town in the Premier League.


Crazy scenes were to follow, with David Wagner's arse being exposed on TV and the Town squad embarking on a two-day bender.


The final game of the season was a 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal in the last match of legendary Gunners manager Arsene Wenger's career.


Who knows what we'll be wrting about in next years season review? Europa League? Champions League? Cup wins? Nothing is impossible when you have no limits...


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