Let me tell you something. On all levels, it`s a great feeling to be proven wrong!
Following my previous article on Vital HTAFC, I just had write again so that I can express my views from Saturday`s game. After all I did single out the likes of Elias Kachunga, Tom Ince and Collin Quaner for their lack competency in competing at the Premiership level. The guilt inside of me didn`t allow me to remain silent.
Despite the criticism, David Wagner stood by and opted to start all three of them behind Steve Mounie. Felt as if someone who read my article must have pass the message to the gaffer. Deep down I really wanted this to work. Not that I`m fearing of any backlash that will come against me based on my opinion about them but more on the fact that we just needed 3 points.
Oh boy, did they really made me eat my own words.
Firstly, I must congratulate to everyone who attended the game to back our boys. The atmosphere inside the stadium was simply electrifying and epic. Felt like I was watching a football match in South America minus the usual confetti, ticker tapes and flare. The best I`ve seen from this season`s home game. I think Huddersfield Town supporters are giving English football culture something refreshing.
The non-stop chant and noise generated from the crowd played a huge role in pushing our boys over the weekend. For almost 80 minutes, Kachunga, Ince and Quaner were non-stop running was as if their bodies have transform into a diesel-powered locomotive.
Our attackers combined with Jonathan Hogg and Aaron Mooy made Brighton suffered that day. There was practically no room for them to breath comfortably whenever Town approach their penalty area. Chris Houghton side did everything to absorbed the pressure but once the first goal was scored, they`ve lost the plot.
Even when Brighton made those rare attacks at our end, the defence marshalled by Zanka and Schindler held firm like the Great Wall of China. Every player on the field were on top of their game. Kudos for that.
For scoring twice, Mounie took the man of the match, no arguments here as he deserves this. But for me, Ince was by far the best performer on the field. For all his effort, I was really hoping that he will find his name on the scoresheet; more than I wanted a hat-trick from Mounie. In the end, the gaffer was top class for bringing both early so that they could receive a massive ovation for their contribution.
This was a perfect way for the team to response after a torrid week of losing three straights game. Never mind the fact the opponent of the day was a fellow promoted side. These are the kinda games that we shouldn`t be dropping points, more so at home. And with results from other games going our way, Town went straight up to 11th place in the league standing.
Oh, so I heard Mr. Paul Merson is now singing to our tune? I hope that`s a god sign.
So, next up, is Chelsea at home. Another big night at John`s Smith Stadium.
The defending champion didn`t have a nice weekend following their lost to West Ham. If the real Chelsea turns up, we could be in for a big trouble, like what happen against Arsenal and Spurs. Nevertheless, as always, I`m more than happy to be proven wrong?. again.
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