The outlook and the mood at Huddersfield has drastically changed in recent weeks, after defeats in three of the last four matches since returning from the international break.
Prior to the break, the Terriers had won three league games on the bounce, which included a 4-0 hammering of Reading and just the one goal conceded in the process.
However, since then, performances and results have taken an alarming turn for the worse. Town suddenly seem to lack many ideas in attacking areas and appear very reliant on chances from set-piece situations.
Supporters have grown frustrated with these recent displays and are concerned with manager Carlos Corberan’s lack of willingness to adapt and freshen games up with a change of style or personnel.
Last time out was the perfect example of these struggles of late. Huddersfield fell 1-0 to Swansea City at the weekend and were dominated for large periods of the game, with a particularly poor showing in attacking areas.
Corberan’s side rarely threatened their opponents throughout and even failed to manage a shot of any kind in the first half. Although the second half saw a slight improvement, the performance levels remained well below those that were achieved just a few weeks earlier.
As for the visitors, the mood around the club is far brighter than it is at their midweek opponents.
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Just the one defeat in the league after the opening nine matches, which was to high-flying West Bromwich Albion, was topped off with a fantastic display last time out against Cardiff City.
Rovers thrashed their visitors 5-1 on Saturday, with some mouth-watering displays from the attacking trio of Sam Gallagher, Tyrhys Dolan and Ben Brereton Diaz helping them on their way to a thoroughly impressive performance.
The trio were involved in all five goals, which included a hat-trick for key man Brereton Diaz, and they caused problems for Cardiff throughout with their fluidity and pace on the counter-attack when they broke