Ahead of Huddersfield Town's visit to Southampton on Saturday, we got the lowdown on the Terriers from Huddersfield Examiner reporter Blake Welton...
How would you sum up Huddersfield’s season to this point?
On target for survival. Obviously, they’ve got 21 points out of 18, so they’re over halfway to that mythical 40-point total and everyone involved with the club will be absolutely delighted with that.
At the moment, they’re the top promoted side, which is what you look to do and, from there, you obviously try and build on that and hope you’re above a few others as well, which they are right now, including Southampton.
What’s the current form like?
We didn’t really know where that 4-1 win came from against Watford last weekend, away from home anyway. Away form has been pretty poor, whereas at home that’s where pretty much all of the points have been collected.
It’s been fortress John Smith’s, and I think anyone who has come away from there with points this season has been pretty fortuitous, because they have turned in some quality performances and have taken some big scalps, and nearly even took Man City’s a few weeks ago.
What is the team’s normal approach/style like?
It’s usually a 4-2-3-1, and it very rarely deviates from that, with a high, intense pressing game from front to back.
blake weltonlaurent depoitre was a bit of a slow burner to get going, but he's been phenomenal up front.
huddersfield examiner reporter
Is the approach any different away from home, or has it been the same and the results just haven’t come so frequently?
I think it’s the latter, that the points haven’t come on the road, but the sensational atmosphere at the John Smith’s really does act as a 12th man and gives them the confidence to go out there and attack and play with more freedom, whereas on the road, without that crowd, they have been a little bit hesitant and struggled to really get in the opposition’s faces.
But, at Watford, straight from the off, they were really up in their faces and they got that result.
How much of an impact do you think that result will have?
It sets them up nicely for the weekend against Southampton. They haven’t won a game in five, so their form is not the greatest and, a bit like Watford, there might be a scalp to be had there for Huddersfield.
Who have been the key players to this point in the season and is there anyone else who you would say is vital to Huddersfield on Saturday?
Obviously, Aaron Mooy has been getting a lot of plaudits. He makes Town tick, and Christopher Schindler at the back has been exemplary and crucial for a lot of the clean sheets Town have kept.
Laurent Depoitre was a bit of a slow burner to get going and didn’t start the season, but as soon as he got his chance he’s been phenomenal up front, so they’re the key men in each of the three areas.
One player who maybe still has a point to prove is Rajiv van La Parra. He seemed to hit some form before his sending off against Manchester City and is back from his three-match ban and he’ll be looking to provide some of the creativity for the likes of Depoitre.