Hello and welcome back to TerrierBlog after an extended period of nothing… The FA Cup exit to Bristol City back in January meant we had a free weekend and as such we decided to take a bit of time off and forget about football in general. It’s quite good for your peace of mind, we’d definitely recommend it.
Anyway we’re back to preview Town’s trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League. Perhaps it’s because of the time away but we have a really good feeling about this one. For the first time in what feels like an age, we reckon that Town can go into this game with more than fighting chance of winning, and here’s why.
The Arsenal factor
Yes we may have lost to Arsenal last time out but bloody hell we played well. Not just well in terms of holding our own but really well. We pulled the Gunners all around the pitch and actually looked a real threat in front of goal.
Add to that the fact that Adama Diakhaby looked absolutely brilliant. The wide man was a real thorn in the side of Arsenal’s defenders that afternoon, which is remarkable considering how poor he had been previously.
Laurent Depoitre came on and looked dangerous and quick rather than slow and ineffective. There was real thrust and it felt as if the Terrier Spirit was on its way back. What’s more is the Premier League have awarded our last-minute goal to Karlan Grant rather than having it go down as an own goal.
That should give the young man plenty of confidence for the rest of the season, even more so when he looks at the scoring record of squad rival Steve Mounie! If we play how we did against Arsenal we should be fine up in Newcastle and we wouldn’t be surprised to see further improvements.
It’s hard to imagine just how difficult the task ahead of Jan Siewert was when he was appointed manager. Siewert was taking over a team that hadn’t won since November and had barely scored in that time.
The team was bereft of confidence and the fans were in a state of mourning following the departure of David Wagner. There were zero expectations on Siewert, but despite results the performances of the team seem to have improved.
We look to be actually having a proper go at things and the credit for that has to go to Siewert and his coaching team. The FA Cup exit to Bristol gave Siewert another extended period to work with the players and hopefully that will bear fruit at St. James Park.
Newcastle are shit
Let’s be honest with ourselves, the Premier League is weaker than it probably ever has been. In years gone by a trip to St. James Park would be a daunting task for any team, but it isn’t anymore.
Rafa Benitez’s side have performed better than us this season that’s for sure, but they’re part of the ‘shit group’. Outside of the top 8 there are 12 teams in the Premier League that are pretty bad.
In Siewert’s first 3 games he has been unfortunate to face 3 of the genuinely good teams in the league. This is his first game against a similarly poor side and there’s nothing to fear for Huddersfield Town.
We can go there and we can win, and it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone if and when we do. Hopefully we go out and play with a carefree attitude to entertain the fans and put on a show.
Prediction: Newcastle United 1 Huddersfield Town 3
Defensively the team have been a little naïve in recent weeks so we don’t expect Town to keep a clean sheet at St. James Park. Against equally matched opposition our attackers might flourish and put into place some of what they have learned from Jan Siewert. Town will win and Karlan Grant will score, you heard it here first!