Huddersfield Town's form has hit a tailspin ahead of their visit to Preston North End
Huddersfield Town have hit a tailspin in form in 2021 but still managed to pull a big shock out of the bag last week.
The Terriers make the trip to Deepdale to face Preston on Saturday having won just one of their 10 Championship matches this year.
That was an eye-catching victory it has to be said, with Carlos Corberan’s men beating promotion-chasing Swansea 4-1.
However, they came back down to earth on Tuesday night, losing 2-0 at Derby.
Things seemed to be going fine for Huddersfield before the turn of the year.
They had won four of their games in December, before that being a touch inconsistent like a lot of the teams in the division.
Huddersfield’s poor run saw four straight league defeats in January, together with an FA Cup exit at the hands of Plymouth.
Draws came against Stoke and Luton before they lost back-to-back matches to Wycombe and Middlesbrough.
Then came last Saturday’s win over Swansea, Fraizer Campbell, Lewis O’Brien and Duane Holmes (2) on target.
The fact they could not follow that up at Derby came as a huge disappointment to head coach Corberan.
“We knew how important it was to come here and try and get a positive result and not get the painful and disappointing feeling that we have now,” said the Spaniard.
“We conceded a chance that I think was the only real chance they had in the first half. We couldn’t clear and they scored the goal.
“In the second half, they changed the shape to stop us breaking the press and to play in the offensive half.
“We tried to attack more to change the result and when we were trying to do this, they used one of our mistakes on the counter-attack to score the second goal.
“We didn’t create many chances, they didn’t create many chances but the two chances they had they scored.”
Huddersfield lost joint top scorer Campbell at half-time during the Derby game.
He came off with abdominal pain and will have his fitness checked ahead of facing PNE.
Campbell is on six league goals for the season together with Josh Koroma. However, Koroma is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Isaac Mbenza is next in the goals list with five, while defender Naby Sarr – sent off in North End’s 2-1 win at the John Smith’s Stadium in October – has netted four.
This week, Huddersfield signed one-time Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo.
He was able to come in outside of the transfer window having been released by Toulouse last summer. Sanogo joins five recruits who arrived in January.
Richard Keogh came in from MK Dons with striker Holmes signed from Derby,
Keeper Jayson Leutwiler arrived from Fleetwood, Sorba Thomas was signed from Boreham Wood, and Roland Aarons joined on loan for the rest of the season from Newcastle United.
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