The defining moments of Huddersfield Town's Premier League survival

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

Last week David Wagner's determined bunch of players secured their Premier League status with a battling point at the home of last season's champions Chelsea. Laurent Depoitre and Jonas Lossl have drawn all of the plaudits for their respective performances in that draw, but here we take a look at the 10 defining moments in the Terriers maiden Premier League season.

1. Wagner signs

One month after Christopher Schindler's winning penalty at Wembley came the news that David Wagner had signed a two-year contract extension at Huddersfield Town.

The German coach was the man that had made Huddersfield's journey to the Premier League possible and his commitment to the club in signing a new contract was the first major moment of the new season.

Without him at the helm, it's hard to believe that Town would have stayed up. Talks are currently under way concerning another contract extension for Wagner, and his signing could be the most important of this summer.

2. Mooy returns

The genteel Australian midfielder was the key player in Huddersfield's promotion campaign, and his performances provided the platform for the rest of the team to perform.

David Wagner's contract extension was reportedly based on Dean Hoyle's assurances that the club would sign Aaron Mooy permanently.

The 27-year-old has been largely excellent this term and has had a hand in 25% of the Terriers' goals this season and was one of the key performers in the recent draws at Manchester City and Chelsea.

3. Selhurst Park scenes

Frank De Boer's Crystal Palace presented Huddersfield's first Premier League challenge and the Terriers rose to it in emphatic fashion. An own-goal and a brace from new signing Steve Mounie helped the Terriers to a 3-0 victory, which propelled them to the top of the table.

The battling performance of the defence and midfield coupled with the technical brilliance of the attackers gave the squad and fans alike the belief that they could compete at Premier League level.

4. Harry humbling

At the end of September, Tottenham Hotspur travelled to the John Smith's Stadium and destroyed Huddersfield with ruthless efficiency.

David Wagner's team sought to take the game to Spurs from the very start and the visitors exploited the gaps left by Town's high-intensity pressing game.

This 4-0 humbling brought David Wagner back down to earth with a bump and forced him to change his tactical approach for the remainder of the season.

5. Red Devils caged

In the third weekend of October, Jose Mourinho's Manchester United were the visitors to West Yorkshire, and David Wagner showed that he had learned from the Tottenham defeat.

Huddersfield still pressed their opponents in this game, but they did so only in certain areas before retreating to their defensive positions.

This new tactic reaped the rewards as goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre sent the Terriers on their way to a famous 2-1 victory and showed that there's more than one way to skin a cat.

6. Van La Parra produces

That may not be a phrase you're accustomed to reading, but in early November Rajiv Van La Parra scored an unstoppable goal against Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion to send Huddersfield on their way to a vital three points.

The biggest takeaway from the game however, wasn't the Dutchman's strike, but it was the unity and determination demonstrated by the entire team when Christopher Schindler was dismissed early in the second-half.

The Baggies pushed for an equaliser, but every time they had a sight of goal there was a player in blue & white ready to deny them.

7. Hornets' stung

There's no escaping the fact that Huddersfield have struggled away from home, and when they travelled to Vicarage Road in mid-December they hadn't scored an away goal since the opening day of the season.

Yet the team showed their capability in front of goal in this game and blitzed Watford in a phenomenal performance. The final score of 4-1 provided the Terriers with the perfect tonic after previous poor away showings.

8. KongoLoan

Scott Malone was one of the few Huddersfield players who failed to adapt to the Premier League this season and with the injury to Chris Lowe, David Wagner targeted another left-back.

Terrence Kongolo was the man Wagner chose and the blustering Dutchman was a revelation at Huddersfield, providing a defensive solidity down the flanks that Town had lacked for months.

His recent Instagram post suggests that he won't be returning to West Yorkshire next term and finding a replacement for him will be high on the clubs' priority list this summer.

9. Cherry picking

After a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, Huddersfield dropped into the relegation zone and pundits began to write their obituaries for David Wagner's team.

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth were the next side to play Huddersfield and there was genuine fear of a demoralising defeat that would begin the long descent back to the Championship.

Yet Town showed their determination in a superb performance, blowing the Cherries away in a 4-1 win that highlighted their desire to fight for survival.

10. Ince delivers

The former Derby man had long been a figure of derision for Town fans and pundits alike up until the visit of Watford.

Ince's failure to add any attacking threat to the side had seen him drop to the bench for this game, but when he was brought on to the pitch he made his biggest contribution of the season.

In a tedious game that was heading for a bore draw, Ince arrived late into the box to fire home from a Zanka pull back.

That goal put Town within touching distance of survival and provided the spring board for the epic draws at City and Chelsea.

What are your most important moments of the season? Let us know in the comments section below.

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