Huddersfield Town tasted Premier League victory for the first time this season after a 1-0 victory against fellow strugglers Fulham.
Chris Lowe’s first half corner was met by Christopher Schindler, who initially thought he had scored the winner in Yorkshire, only for it to be deemed a Fosu-Mensah own goal shortly after. This though, was enough for the Terriers to claim their first three points of the campaign and leapfrog their visitors into 18th. Fulham did pose somewhat of a threat, but only managed to register one shot on target and left the John Smith stadium with an unwanted five game loosing streak, following another lacklustre performance from Jokanović’s men.
Fulham’s troubles deepen
Before the game, Fulham had a rather poor record against the Terriers having only won three games out of the 31 times the two sides have met. To make matters worse, the loss sends Fulham rock bottom with five points from a possible 33 and a goal difference of -18. It doesn’t get any easier for the Cottagers too with Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United all upcoming. The three sides mentioned average just above 22 goals so far this season and considering Fulham’s questionable defensive displays of late, they will do well to get anything from these fixtures. The result is Fulham’s fifth straight defeat putting them rock bottom of the form table too.
This victory may open the flood gates for Huddersfield. Only Manchester City have hit the woodwork more times than the Terriers this season, suggesting their strike force is still yet to be unveiled. Christopher Schindler’s goal which was ruled as as own goal, was the first scored by Huddersfield at their ground since the 14th of April – 658 minutes of football. However overwhelming this stat may be, it could provide the momentum for Huddersfield to kick-start their early fight to avoid relegation this season.
Fulham spent over £100 million over the course of the summer and arguably still look like a Championship side. They failed to pose any serious threat to the Huddersfield goal and didn’t show anywhere near enough creativity. Ryan Sessegnon, who was Fulham’s standout player last season and was linked heavily for a big summer move, has struggled to show any glimpses of the player he was in the Championship, which can be said for others in this Fulham side too. Despite Aleksandar Mitrovic’s early season form, he has failed to replicate this in recent games and Jean Michaël Seri has been of little influence to a struggling side. January will without doubt be an important month for the Cottagers.
Huddersfield’s Hadergjonaj could have had a penalty mid-way through the first half. He made his way into the penalty area and then appeared to be sandwiched to the ground, following contact from Ryan Sessegnon and Maxime Le Marchand. Referee Anthony Taylor was not interested, but the decision could have had a significant impact on the overall result.
Could Huddersfield turn their weary start around and ultimately avoid the drop to the Championship? It is fair to say that their performances have improved significantly, and now that they are managing to score, it seems they are beginning to build some momentum. They have some favourable fixtures in coming weeks also, with home fixtures against West Ham and Brighton, before heading to Wolves. Wagner’s side showed motivation and determination to get a result on Monday night and this will have impressed Wagner and home fans alike, who will be looking for more of that in upcoming fixtures.