Huddersfield 0-2 Everton - 'Terriers have it all to do'

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Everton strode to a comfortable win at the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield Town failed to capitalise on the chance to take a big stride towards Premier League safety.

28th Apr 2018

It was a straightforward victory for Sam Allardyce’s side as a goal in each half from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye gave the Toffees all three points.

Huddersfield’s Achilles heel struck once again as they failed to create any clear-cut chances and wasted possession in the final third. They now face three sides in the top six in their remaining fixtures. 

The Terriers battled in the first half and their high pressing was forcing Everton into surrendering the ball but the visitors took the lead against the run of play when Theo Walcott intercepted a wayward pass from Rajiv van La Parra and sent Tosun on his way to open the scoring on 38 minutes. 

Try as they might, Huddersfield could not find a way back into the game and were running out of ideas fast. Even bringing on striker Laurent Depoitre off the bench and going two up front could not spark Town into life as Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane won everything that was thrown at them. 

Gueye wrapped up the match with 13 minutes remaining when he was given all the time in the world to smash in an effort from the edge of the area after accepting Leighton Baines’s knockdown from Tosun’s cross. 

Huddersfield are in the driving seat but the car is running out of petrol with the finishing line in sight. 

Opportunity lost

The atmosphere was electric from the Huddersfield fans after the win over Watford two weeks prior but that quickly evaporated once Everton took the lead. 

Tom Ince’s goal gave the Terriers a much-needed victory over the Hornets and the anticipation was that David Wagner’s side might just see his side secure Premier League safety in front of their own crowd against the Toffees. 

While the effort was there, the difference in quality showed once again as Everton rarely got out of second gear to see Huddersfield off. 

With trips to Manchester City and Chelsea followed by Arsenal on the final day of the season, you have to say this was an opportunity squandered by the Terriers. 

Just don’t concede the first goal!

This was the 17th time in 19 games that Huddersfield have failed to come back after conceding the opening goal. 

Only twice so far this season have the Terriers come back into a game to take away points (Southampton and Brighton) but they badly ran out of ideas once Everton opened the scoring.

The quality is just not there in the Huddersfield squad – especially in the final third – and top goalscorer Steve Mounie had nothing to go on against the Toffees but was up against some resilient defending from Keane and Jagielka. 

They panicked at times when in possession and Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal was rarely called in action.

If we don’t concede first we might have a chance of taking points in these next three games!

Will 35 points be enough?

We're two places up from the last of the relegation places and three points ahead of Southampton on 35 points but even manager David Wagner admitted that it probably won’t be enough to keep us in the Premier League. 

With Huddersfield being goal-shy, having a terrible goal difference and up against three of the top six teams in their remaining matches, it is hard to see where the Terriers are going to pick up points from. 

Let’s hope Everton do us a favour next weekend by beating Southampton at Goodison Park seeing as all their victories this season have come against sides lower than them in the table.

Swansea City probably have the best of the remaining fixtures with Bournemouth away followed by Stoke City and the Saints at home. 

Stoke also play Crystal Palace, who are surely safe now after thumping Leicester City at the weekend, while West Ham United aren’t completely out of the woods.

The Hammers are set to face a Leicester side already on their holidays but David Moyes will then face two of his old clubs in Manchester United and Everton. 

To coin a phrase from Big Sam’s vocabulary – it’s squeaky bum time!

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