What a night at the Valley this evening! The single best result, to my mind, since we were relegated from the Premiership. We weren't the best footballing side on the night but we went head-to-head with the best team League One can challenge us with and we beat them with a powerful display. I am not going to replay what you all saw but will comment on the game overall.
The back four were outstanding and deserved their clean sheet. Ben Hamer was a point behind in my mind but he did make one crucial save from Jon Parkin to prevent the Terriers from scoring. I believe Matt Tayler got the MOTM award, probably for keeping Jordan Rhodes completely silent throughout, but Morrison was as good and Wiggins and Solly were better. Not since Mark Reid, have I enjoyed watching a left back more and Rhoys Wiggins is better than Reidy across the half-way line (Chris Powell was up there but I credit him with Wiggins' signing). What a runner when he's on the burst! For me, the best display came, once again, from Chris Solly. He was unstoppable in the first-half and his recovery in the second to make up two yards to stop a Town break was absolutely superb and worthy of the standing ovation it drew in the East Stand. To think, there were those who didn't think him good enough?
Hogan Ephraim capped a solid debut with a goal and he looked genuinely moved to receive his ovation when he was substituted. Darel Russell enjoyed a less impressive debut but he looked off the pace to me and I know he is a better player than we saw this evening. Having said that, I think Chris Powell was brave to sub him at half-time (unless he was injured) and Hughes was just the man we needed at 2-0. That we didn't concede in the second period confirmed that decision. Ephraim was effective without any special wing-play and I thought Green had a decent game although he is lightweight and something of a luxury against a fast and competitive side like Huddersfield.
Upfront, BWP ran his socks off and made the second goal but he was eclipsed by Yann Kermorgant who was colossal in the air tonight and his opening header made me recant my immature comments when he joined us that we looked like we had signed another journeyman striker. I want to wake tomorrow to find that he has nothing more bruising and will be ready to face Walsall in eleven days time. Paul Hayes is an able deputy but we need Kermorgant in the same way we need Jackson to keep our side firing on all cylinders.
Nothing much more to say but we are threatening to run away with this league and arrive in the Championship with a momentum that could carry us in the steps of Norwich and maybe Southampton, clubs who we are as similar to as anyone else in the English Leagues.