Prior to the Easter weekend fixtures, Huddersfield sit 18th in the Championship table, seven points above the relegation zone with nine games to play. How would you summarise the past few months, from a Terriers perspective?
The past few months, since the turn of the year, it’s apparent that the results have not been good. Everyone was very positive going into 2021 because they did a lot better in the first half of the season than I think the majority of people expected. Injuries and various other things took their toll from January onwards and it’s only in the last four games that we’ve started to see Huddersfield looking like they are going to start picking up results again.
When you spoke to brentfordfc.com earlier in the season, you touched on how the club brought in Carlos Corberan as head coach to implement a new style. What have you made of his efforts in doing so?
In the first half of the season, there were signs that that new style was working. It wasn’t brilliant every week and they were very up and down, but while it was positive on the whole, there were some bad performances in there among the good ones, too. Corberan has had to step back a little bit and compromise on that style over the past few games because missing some key players through injury means that they’ve had to be a little bit more sensible in their approach than they ideally would like to have been. He had to do it, though, and you can’t argue with the fact that they have gone unbeaten in the last four since they’ve changed that approach.
Though a handful of other teams are in a more perilous position, Huddersfield aren’t out of trouble just yet. Do you think they’ll have enough to be able to steer clear of trouble in the coming weeks?
Yes, I do. People are feeling a lot more confident now but there were worries that they were going to ‘do a Hull’ and drop like a stone in the second half of the season. They had that terrible run of one win in 13 games at the start of the year, but the last few results have put fans’ minds at ease and there’s a sense now that they probably only need one or two more wins to be safe for another year.
Which player should Brentford fans be keeping an eye on this Saturday?
Lewis O’Brien (above) has been in excellent form over the last few games. He didn’t have the best start to the season after missing pre-season with an injury and it took him a little while to get going, but we’ve really seen him back towards his best in the last few weeks. He has been really dangerous, carving defences open with his running and his final ball.
How is Corberan likely to set up his side at the John Smith’s Stadium?
It was a 4-3-3 formation earlier in the season, but recently it has been 3-5-2. Who is going to play up front is another question, though, because Yaya Sanogo will have added a bit more fitness over the international break and the club have also brought in Oumar Niasse, so it will be interesting to see who he goes for up top.
Brentford won the reverse fixture 3-0 in the second game of this season back in September, courtesy of goals from Josh Dasilva, Marcus Forss and Bryan Mbeumo. What’s your score prediction this time around?
It’s weird because Brentford are the type of team Town quite like playing against, as Bees fans will remember from last season, so it’s difficult to predict. I think they’d be happy with a tight 0-0, so I’ll go for that.
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