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OPPOSITION FOCUS: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

12 June 2015



With Brighton & Hove Albion’s opponents for the 2015/16 Championship season now confirmed, the club’s media team will take a look at the Seagulls’ 23 opponents for the next campaign.
 

The 11th team to feature in our opposition focus series is Huddersfield Town.

LAST SEASON
 
LEAGUE POSITION:
16th
 
FA CUP: Third round
 
LEAGUE CUP: Second round
 
TOP GOALSCORER: Nahki Wells (14)


2014/15 SEASON REVIEW
 
Huddersfield started the season in turbulent fashion, after Mark Robins left the hotseat following an opening day 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.
 
Chris Powell has since added some stability at the John Smith’s Stadium and despite a flirtation with relegation, the Terriers finished 16th and a comfortable 15 points above the bottom three.
 
A number of players have impressed, as new signings Conor Coady and Jacob Butterfield put in a number of fine displays since joining from Liverpool and Middlesbrough respectively.
 
Sean Scannell arguably had his best season in a Town shirt since arriving from Crystal Palace in 2012 and the winger was a key attacking threat for the Terriers.
 
But there were a number of disappointing results in a campaign where the Yorkshiremen conceded 75 goals from their 46 games.

The heaviest defeat of the season was the 5-0 loss at Norwich City in December, while four were conceded on five occasions.

Among the most disappointing defeats were those to neighbours Leeds United, who won 3-0 at Elland Road and 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The club had two largely forgettable cup runs, after losing 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup second round and 1-0 to Reading in the FA third round.

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LAST TIME WE MET:


ALBION 0


HUDDERSFIELD 0

Albion remained seven points clear of Huddersfield Town following this goalless draw at the Amex in a game that was overshadowed by Joao Teixeira’s injury.
 
The Portuguese midfielder broke his leg after landing awkwardly, as he attempted to dispossess Nakhi Wells, and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the season.
 
Greg Halford had Albion’s first chance of the game after narrowly prodding an effort wide of Alex Smithies’s post, before a shot from Wells was comfortably saved by David Stockdale.
 
Both sides had chances to claim all three points in the second half, as Mustapha Carayol and Bruno both saw their efforts hit the woodwork, before Wells also hit the post from three yards out following Stockdale’s save to deny Jacob Buttterfield.

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Halford, Dunk, Bennett; Kayal, Stephens; Calderon, Teixeira (O’Grady 80), Carayol (LuaLua 59); Best (Mackail-Smith 68).

Subs not used: Walton (GK), Greer, Ince, Forster-Caskey .
 
Huddersfield line-up: Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Lynch; Scannell, Butterfield, Gobern, Coady, James; Miller, Wells (Wallace 90+7).

Subs not used: Murphy (GK), Edgar, Hogg, Lolley, Carroll, Majewski.


THE MANAGER



Following a long distinguished playing career including three separate spells at Charlton Athletic and five England caps, Chris Powell took his first steps towards management by becoming a player-coach at Leicester City.
 
The 45-year-old had one game in caretaker charge of the Foxes following the dismissal of Paulo Sousa alongside Mike Stowell.
 
Powell moved on to Charlton Athletic in January 2011 with the team in League One and despite winning his first four games in charge, a dip in form saw the Addicks finish 13th.
 
But they bounced back the following season to claim the League One title and secured a respectable ninth-place finish in their first season back in the Championship in 2012/13.
 
However, Powell was sacked from his post in March 2014 with the team sitting bottom of the league and he took up the vacant position at Huddersfield the following September.


2015/16 AMBITIONS
 
With Chris Powell at the helm, there is a feeling of optimism around the John Smith’s Stadium and that the team can improve on last season’s 16th-place finish.
 
The club’s seven-match unbeaten run throughout April and May ensured the Terriers ended 2014/15 on a high as the side comfortably avoided relegation.
 
Powell’s man-management skills have been widely praised and will be crucial once again in the new campaign if the Terriers are to compete with the division’s bigger spenders.
 
The impact of former football operations director Ross Wilson’s departure to Southampton remains to be seen and the Terriers will need to be shrewd in the transfer market once again to improve on last season’s showing.

See Albion v Huddersfield Town at the Amex plus 22 other opponents from as low as £20.22 per game by purchasing a season ticket for 2015/16.

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