Huddersfield Town will return to Championship action on home turf at the weekend with the aim of bouncing back to form, having been dragged closer to the relegation zone in the midst of a difficult run of form in recent months.
After 26 league outings, Darren Moore occupy 21st spot with just 25 points on the board, having only added four points to that tally in the last six attempts to see their cushion in the fight for survival reduced, firstly suffering defeats to Norwich City and Preston North End either side of a draw with Millwall.
The Terriers did then manage a fifth league win of the season on Boxing Day, beating Blackburn Rovers 3-0 on home turf thanks to goals from Jaheim Headley, Sorba Thomas and Delano Burgzorg, but they were unable to build an improved run on the back of that and now head into the weekend on the back of three further defeats on the bounce.
Darren Moore’s side firstly fell to a 2-1 loss at home to Middlesbrough and suffered a 4-1 beating away at league leaders Leicester City, with Michal Helik goals not enough to earn them a result in either, before most recently
facing a daunting trip to Manchester City in the FA Cup third round at the weekend and bowing out following a 5-0 thrashing as Phil Foden netted a brace alongside goals from Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku and Ben Jackson’s own goal.
With their focus now fully back on England’s second tier, having quickly seen their lead over the improving bottom three reduced to just three points, Huddersfield Town will be desperate to bounce back to winning ways in West Yorkshire on Saturday with the chance to move further clear of the drop zone and within a point of their visitors.
then took over on a temporary basis at Home Park, and the Pilgrims would drop further into the fight at the bottom end of the division as they failed to pick up a victory from four attempts around the festive period, firstly playing out 3-3 and 2-2 draws with Birmingham City and Cardiff City respectively before falling to a 2-1 defeat in a tough trip to Southampton.
Watford then visited Home Park on New Year’s Day and the sides shared the points in a 3-3 draw, despite the hosts going 2-1 up through Finn Azaz and Morgan Whittaker and 3-2 ahead through Ryan Hardie, before the hierarchy turned to Ian Foster to take over last week.
His tenure began with a 3-1 home triumph over fourth-tier Sutton United in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, thanks to goals from Luke Cundle, Hardie and Whittaker, and they will now aim to make it back-to-back victories and a
return to winning ways in the Championship under their new boss with the aim of improving on their current standing in 18th place and extending their seven-point lead over the bottom three with 20 league outings to go.