Match Report: Huddersfield Town 4-1 Swansea City!

Huddersfield Town picked up their first win of 2021 with a thumping, dominant victory over promotion chasing Swansea City. Goals from Fraizer Campbell, Lewis O’Brien and a double from Duane Holmes led Town to their first win of the calendar year.

Many Town fans were left surprised by Carlos Corberan’s team selection ahead of Town’s home game against promotion chasing Swansea City. He made two changes from the side that lost to Middlesbrough, with Aaron Rowe coming in after an impressive second half display mid-week. The second change saw Alex Vallejo again come into the side, this time replacing the underwhelming Alex Pritchard. The team sheet left many fans also wondering what more the impressive young striker Kieran Philips had to do to earn a place in the starting line up.

Both sides started brightly in the opening minutes, with both Town and Swansea creating half chances within the opening five minutes.

Town had the ball in the net in the back of the net just after the tenth minute, O’Brien and Campbell combined down the Town right before O’Brien somehow smuggled the ball past a pair of Swansea defenders and into the path of Campbell, who netted with ease, only to see his effort ruled out almost as soon as it hit the back of the net as O’Brien was adjudged to have been offside when he played the pass.

Town continued to impress in the opening fifteen minutes with both Duane Holmes and Lewis O’Brien combining well from deep in midfield to create several half chances for Town.

Play was stopped after a Juninho Bacuna corner following a clash in the box between Jake Bidwell and Lewis O’Brien leading to fans wondering briefly if the referee had awarded a penalty, he hadn’t and the referee had instead ordered for the corner to be retaken.

Town took the lead just after the twenty minute mark, Aaron Rowe dribbled down the left hand side before knocking the ball through the air across goal, the ball dropped for Pipa who played a low pass to Fraizer Campbell who was waiting in the centre of the box, he struck it first time, the ball struck the post before the momentum carried it into the top corner. 1-0 Town! But they had been in this situation several times before and had let results slip, could they hold on this time?

Town had another chance just a couple of minutes later, Aaron Rowe again looking bright, found Bacuna on the edge of the box who sent his man the wrong way before firing a low, slow effort towards goal, but could only watch as it agonisingly hit the left post and bobbled away to safety for Swansea.

Bacuna had another effort a couple of minutes later, a free kick from twenty five yards out dipped beautifully over the wall but, with the amount of power it had on it, could only drop innocently into the outstretched arms of Newcastle loanee Freddie Woodman.

Swansea had a chance just after the fortieth minute. Captain Matt Grimes resceved the ball from a clearance and hit a daisy cutter first time. Luckily for Town though, it flew just wide.

Swansea equalised on the brink of half time, a free kick conceded by the otherwise faultless Lewis O’Brien was taken by arguably the best free kick taker in the league: Conor Hourihane. Town for some reason decided to put the two smallest men on the pitch in the wall and were yet surprised when the ball flew over their heads and into the back of the net from a seemingly difficult angle with relative ease, Ryan Schofield again should have again done better. 1-1 and Swansea were back in it.

The half time whistle rang out a second or two later with the Town players looking dejected men despite an impressive first half display. There was one thing that made Town fans sit up and wonder what was going on though with Sporting Director Leigh Bromby acting as a link between the board and the coaching staff throughout the first half. What role the board, or more specifically Leigh Bromby, was attempting to play throughout the first half though is anyone’s guess.

Half Time: Huddersfield Town 1-1 Swansea City

Swansea City remerged for the second half having made a like for like change in their backline. Ryan Bennett, the former Wolves and Norwich defender, saw himself withdrawn in place of talented young defender Ben Cabango. The second change saw Jamal Lowe replaced by January signing Jordan Morris.

The first action of the second half saw Town retake the lead! Bacuna found Campbell on the edge of the box who back healed it into the path of O’Brien, O’Brien hit it low first time managing to smuggle it under Freddie Woodman’s body. 2-1 Town! They were back in front and it was no less than they deserved.

Town scored a third just a couple of minutes later! Bacuna drove forward before playing a ball into the box to find Campbell, Campbell’s header found Aaron Rowe who tapped it into the path of Holmes, Holmes burst into the box before firing it into the top corner! 3-1 Town! This was unbelievable after fifty minutes!

Town somehow added a fourth just a couple of minutes later! Duane Holmes doubled his lead with what is undoubtedly goal of the season! Aaron Rowe again dribbled past a pair of Swansea defenders before finding Holmes on the left hand side. Holmes readied himself and pushed the ball onto his right foot before curling an effort across the park and into the top right corner. Town had scored three goals in under ten minutes and Town fans could not believe their eyes!

Play was stopped just a few minutes later after Swansea winger Jordan Morris picked up a horror knee injury following a freak accident. Best wishes go out to him and I wish him a speedy recovery – Knowing to a degree what he is going through after suffering a horrible knee injury of my own several years ago.

After another sustained period of pressure by a highly impressive Town side, Carlos Corberan made his first change of the afternoon, choosing to withdraw goal scorer Fraizer Campbell in place of Kieran Philips.

Town made a second change a few minutes later, with Juninho Bacuna being replaced by another Town born academy graduate: Scott High.

After yet another dominant spell, Town made the final of their three changes, with skipper and legend Jonathan Hogg being replaced by Alex Pritchard, Duane Holmes being replaced by Jaden Brown and Richard Stearman returning from injury to replace the yet again impressive Aaron Rowe.

The full time whistle sounded after a long spell of injury time caused by Morris’s unfortunate injury. Following the flurry of goals in the opening ten minutes of the second half, the action largely died down, Town were happy to just keep the ball on and around the halfway line and Swansea were too focused on not allowing their prized defensive record to be tarnished any further to attack with any real intent. Town fans weren’t too bothered by the way the final thirty-five minutes played out though, as a lot were still in shock and I think unable to comprehend what they had seen.

Full Time: Huddersfield Town 4-1 Swansea City

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