Sheffield news Huddersfield Town already have blueprint for their response to Norwich drubbing MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The 7-0 loss on Tuesday evening has some worried about the potential hangover effect at the very worst possible time of the season to enter another bad run of form
Breaking News ! You may already have heard, but Huddersfield Town suffered the ignominy of their heaviest defeat in 34 years as they fell to a 7-0 defeat to Norwich City on Tuesday evening. With a huge relegation six-pointer against Rotherham United coming up on Saturday and the Terriers’ goal difference ruined, there are fears over the possible hangover effect such a humiliating defeat might have on the side. But is that well-founded? How do teams actually usually react to getting smashed in such comprehensive fashion? To find out, we went back through the history books – not just for Huddersfield Town, but for the rest of the Championship too. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Tuesday night’s result was the 14th time in 25 years that Town have been thrashed to the point of losing by five clear goals or more. On the previous 13 occasions combined, Town had scored 4 and conceded 71. How did they respond to those defeats in the league games that followed being pumped like that? Won 2, drew 7, lost 4; scored 9 and conceded 10. The pattern for the Terriers, perhaps predictably, is that they tend to respond to their batterings by shutting up shop and keeping things tight in the following game. Four of the games immediately following their humiliations have been goalless, including the most recent one: they took a battling draw again a hard-working Coventry side in December after their 5-0 loss at Bournemouth. Even more reassuringly, Town have been unbeaten in the league game following the last eight occasions they have conceded at least six goals.
How Huddersfield Town have responded to thrashings in the last 25 years
The thrashing: Wed 16 Oct 1996: Swindon 6-0 Huddersfield The response: Sat 19 Oct 1996: Huddersfield 0-0 Southend The thrashing: Mon 13 Apr 1998: Norwich 5-0 Huddersfield The response: Sat 18 Apr 1998: Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom The thrashing: Fri 27 Nov 1998: Barnsley 7-1 Huddersfield The response: Sat 5 Dec 1998: Huddersfield 4-0 Crystal Palace The thrashing: Tue 2 Mar 2010: Southampton 5-0 Huddersfield The response: Sat 6 Mar 2010: Gillingham 2-0 Huddersfield The thrashing: Tue 1 Jan 2013: Leicester 6-1 Huddersfield The response: Sat 12 Jan 2013: Huddersfield 1-1 Birmingham The thrashing: Tue 19 Feb 2013: Nottingham Forest 6-1 Huddersfield The response: Sat 23 Feb 2013: Huddersfield 0-0 Ipswich The thrashing: Sat 13 Dec 2014: Norwich 5-0 Huddersfield The response: Sat 20 Dec 2014: Huddersfield 0-1 Birmingham The thrashing: Sat 29 Oct 2016: Fulham 5-0 Huddersfield The response: Sat 5 Nov 2016: Huddersfield 1-1 Birmingham The thrashing: Wed 29 Nov 2017: Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield The response: Sat 2 Dec 2017: Everton 2-0 Huddersfield The thrashing: Sun 19 Aug 2018: Man City 6-1 Huddersfield The response: Sat 25 Aug 2018: Huddersfield 0-0 Cardiff The thrashing: Sat 2 Feb 2019: Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield The response: Sat 9 Feb 2019: Huddersfield 1-2 Arsenal The thrashing: Fri 26 Apr 2019: Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield The response: Sun 5 May 2019: Huddersfield 1-1 Man United The thrashing: Sat 12 Dec 2020: Bournemouth 5-0 Huddersfield The response: Wed 16 Dec 2020: Coventry 0-0 Huddersfield
Look at the record of all soundly-beaten sides over the last five Championship seasons, and things are a little bit less rosy. There have been 24 games in which a second-tier side has lost by at least five goals over that period, and the immediate response of the defeated side in each case stands at six wins, six draws and 12 defeats. Over half of the teams on the receiving end of those drubbings have managed to keep the opposition down to just a single goal in the match the followed – 13 of them, to be precise – and of those all but one managed to take at least a point. Here’s the really interesting bit: the last side to lose 7-0 in a Championship game were Luton Town, who were peppered by Brentford in November 2019. Luton responded by beating Wigan Athletic 2-1 the following week, and that result ultimately made the difference between which of the two sides stayed up and which went down to League One, with Luton finishing just four points ahead of the Latics in the final reckoning. Had the scoreline in that game been reversed, so would their exact final league positions of 19th and 23rd. The ramifications of Town’s results against Rotherham on Saturday will be felt much more immediately than that, of course, and it is vital Corberan’s side respond in the best possible way and turn that nightmare in Norwich into a mere horrible day at the office rather than a significant moment in their season.
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