Such has been Huddersfield’s form since the start of December that Carlos Corberan would have been disappointed with Friday’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City.
However, given that the Terriers were probably fortunate to remain with 11 players throughout the contest, the Spaniard may be content with their unbeaten record in all competitions being extended to 10 matches.
The stalemate at the John Smith’s Stadium has led to Huddersfield dropping outside of the playoff spots having played one game more than sixth-placed Middlesbrough.
Nevertheless, optimism remains high at the Yorkshire outfit, who now face a run of four fixtures in 10 days in all competitions where they will be regarded as the favourites.
Josh Koroma finally ended his wait for a third league goal against the Potters, the forward registering his first strike since September 14.
Opponents Derby would have had high hopes of achieving more than a solitary point from Sunday’s showdown with Birmingham City, but a 2-2 draw eventually turned out to be a good result.
The Rams had been trailing 2-0 with four minutes remaining before Luke Plange and Krystian Bielik netted brilliantly-taken goals to secure a share of the spoils.
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While Wayne Rooney acknowledged that he was unhappy with his team’s performance, the result was another step in the right direction in front of a capacity crowd at Pride Park.
Although seven points remains the gap between themselves and Reading, Rooney will feel that Derby have the greater momentum and will welcome the opportunity to get more points on the board.
However, Derby have prevailed in just one of their last 11 away fixtures in the Championship, highlighting the size of the task which awaits them against Huddersfield