Huddersfield Town vs Middlesbrough

Competition: EFL Championship Matchday 14

Date: 28/11/2020

Score: 3-2

Ground: John Smith Stadium

5 Conclusions from the Game

1. Town showed Resilience.

Going behind 14 minutes into a football match is never good and usually Town going behind means that they will go onto to lose with them only previously winning once since April 2017 when going behind in a game. It was great to see Town come back from one down and then also to score the winner after being pegged back again in the 83'. For a team that struggles to come back when going behind, today's result would have been a massive confidence boost for the future.

2. Edmonds-Green was Superb.

He kept a clean sheet against Charlton last season, playing as a Right Back before being loaned out and playing a vital role in Swindon's promotion last season. He was excellent when he came on today for Richard Stearman. He looked composed on the ball, he wasn't scared to go forward with the ball or pass forwards. Stearman looks set to be out of the game on Tuesday and with Schindler still recovering from a concussion, I would not be surprised to see him start.

3. Sign. Him. Up.

Town has pulled off a great coup to sign Eiting on loan this season and after he scored his third goal in four games, I think it is a no brainer to sign him on a permanent deal. He averages 1.7 key passes per 90 (most on the team) and having the third highest average rating. He did take time to ease into the game today, but he played very well and is developing a good relationship with Isaac Mbenza.

4. The Academy.

6 players that were on the pitch today have come through the new look academy set up and proves why it was a good decision to change the way the academy is run. Schofield impressed me today with his distribution and although you could argue that he should have saved the opening goal, he had a pass completion of 67% from 28 passes, which is good considering as half of those were long balls and he had nearly triple the completion rate than the 'Boro keeper Bettinelli.
The five subs rule hopefully should mean more time to academy players and I think today showed that the level that the academy players are playing at is good enough!

5. Koroma is the Key.

Josh Koroma's return to the side and starting line-up proved to be the right call as the winger scored his fourth goal of the season while also picking up an assist. The former Orient player has started in each of Town's wins this season while also picking up three man of the match awards. His goals have been worth 9 points to Town this season, which is even more impressive when you realise that Town has scored 18 points in total this campaign. He has made major steps forward since last season and his name will surely be becoming one of the first on the teamsheet.

Town Team:

Starting 11: Ryan Schofield, Juninho Bacuna (77' Demeaco Duhaney), Richard Stearman (36' Rarmani Edmonds-Green), Naby Sarr, Harry Toffolo, Jonathon Hogg, Lewis O'Brien, Carel Eiting, Fraizer Campbell (78' Danny Ward), Isaac Mbenza (90' Aaron Rowe), Josh Koroma (90' Jaden Brown)
Subs: Joel Pereira, Demeaco Duhaney, Jaden Brown, Adama Diakhaby, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Matty Daly, Danny Ward, Aaron Rowe, Kieran Phillips
Formation: 433

Match Statistics

Huddersfield Town: Middlesbrough:
xG (Expected Goals): 1.62 2.13
Possession %: 62 38
Total Shots: 13 10
On Target: 5 3
Tackles: 15 7
Pass Accuracy %: 74 59
Fouls: 17 12
Yellow Cards: 4 3
Red Cards: - -

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