Huddersfield Town’s Championship season has certainly been one of contrasting halves, as they sat in real danger of relegation with 28 points on the board from their opening 31 matches before drastically improving their fortunes following the appointment of Neil Warnock in mid-February.
In his 14 games at the helm in West Yorkshire, the Terriers have successfully picked up 22 points, despite a tough start in which they won just one of his first six matches in charge,
before finally moving out of the bottom three with three straight victories across late March and early April, beating Millwall, Middlesbrough and Watford to move onto 42 points with six games left to play.
Following a draw with Blackburn Rovers and a defeat at the hands of Swansea City, Warnock’s men would then earn a commendable point in a 1-1 draw away at playoff-chasing Sunderland,
before moving within touching distance of guaranteeing their safety with a 2-1 triumph away at Cardiff City, thanks to a Joseph qHungbo finish and a Jack Simpson own goal.
That left them with two games to play, while the sides around them only had one, knowing that a point from either Thursday’s meeting with already-promoted Sheffield United or Monday’s
contest would see them stay clear of Reading, and they made no mistake of doing so in midweek, reaching their objective in style with a 1-0 victory as Danny Ward’s second-half goal from range made the difference between the sides.
Now with no pressure on the final day, having steered clear of the bottom three, and with Warnock’s tenure expected to come to an end, the Terriers will hope to end the season on a high with another victory at the John Smith’s Stadium.
With no relegation spots left to decide, their visitors travel north having been the victim of Huddersfield’s midweek success, with Reading now preparing for next season in League One.
In what has been a relatively tough season on the whole, the Royals looked to have done more than enough to secure a relatively safe mid-table finish under Paul Ince’s management, but their situation quickly worsened as they were handed an immediate six-point deduction at the beginning of April.