'Huddersfield are at their best when the chips are down'

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Every point counts for Huddersfield Town and this draw with champions Manchester City edges the Terriers ever closer towards Premier League safety. 

6th May 2018

Before the match, it was a case of how many would City score against a Town side that was out of form and confidence following a 2-0 home defeat to Everton the previous weekend. 

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But David Wagner’s side put in a defiant display to blunt the free-scoring Citizens and became the first side this season to stop the runaway champions from finding the net on their own patch. 

Huddersfield even started on the front foot and their high-pressing game plan upset Pep Guardiola’s men during the first half and Town had chances but lacked that killer touch. 

Flo Hadergjonaj should have done better after being set through from a clever free-kick from Aaron Mooy but his effort was tame while Ederson had to deny Alex Pritchard’s long-range effort moments later. 

At the other end, Jonas Lossl did enough to stop City find the back of the net while Kevin De Bruyne curled an effort just wide. 

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Chris Lowe got into a good position but could only fire off target as Huddersfield upset the balance during the first 45 minutes. 

The visitors' high-pressing game tired in the heat and City had all the possession during the second half but just couldn’t break the Terriers down. 

It seemed as though the clock was going ever so slow as the game drew to a close and it felt like time stopped still when Nicolas Otamendi hit a curling effort that looked destined for the goal, but fortunately flew wide. 

A solid team performance from the Terriers and every player rightly deserves the plaudits. 

Defensive strength

Huddersfield’s lack of fire power has been their Achilles heel this season but, without a doubt, our resilient defence has given us a fighting chance of staying in the Premier League. 

Christopher Schindler has been a man mountain this season and rightly scooped the Player of the Year gong at the end of season awards and the German’s partnership with Mathias Jorgensen has been key during the campaign.

The determination and concentration against City was excellent. We crowded them out and made it difficult for them to break us down. It might not have been pretty to watch, but who cares? We need points no matter how they come. 

This goalless draw with the champions was our 10th clean sheet of the season which is only bettered by the current top seven teams in the Premier League. 

Still work to do

While Huddersfield only need one more point to ensure Premier League safety they cannot take it for granted with Chelsea and Arsenal still to come. 

The bookies slashed the odds on the Terriers being relegated after the defeat to Everton but they have jumped back up following this draw with City. 

No one had given the Terriers a chance prior to the City game and thought we were done for with Chelsea and Arsenal remaining but Wagner’s side are at their best when the chips are down. 

Results went in Huddersfield’s favour this weekend with Swansea City losing at Bournemouth and Everton grabbing a last-gasp equaliser against Southampton so all eyes will be on Tuesday night’s game between our two relegation rivals at the Liberty Stadium.

The Chelsea game will be a tough one as the Blues have a chance to break into the top four, but survival is still in our hands. 

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