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MetiNews.Com - Carlos Corberan was not hired last summer just so Town could keep looking timid and uninspired against deep-lying opponents. They must learn to play on the front foot
Breaking News ! Technical failures are one thing; we all have limitations, things we’re just not capable of doing. Even players at the very top of the game cannot do everything flawlessly every time; we’re talking about mid-table Championship footballers. What is harder to understand about Huddersfield Town, and for fans increasingly difficult to accept, requires delicate phrasing. ‘Not trying’ suggests players who are going at half speed, don’t care, just want to get to the end of the 90 minutes and go home because they’re not bothered. That isn’t Town’s problem; we think they do care, and desperately want to get the three points. Perhaps, then, the words closest to what we’re grasping for are ‘bravery’ and ‘courage’ and ‘passion’. We’re reluctant to talk in such terms because constant over-use has left those words drained of all colour and vibrancy. They are sad, dusty artefacts found behind a tumble dryer and lazily tossed back in with the fresh washing. They are, in fact, exactly as cardboard-stale and uninspiring as Huddersfield Town’s play when they get into moods like they did against Derby. It’s only when you think about what those things actually look like in action – when you remember – that the meaning starts to stir back to life. We want to see Huddersfield Town being quick and pithy. We want to see them ruthlessly building the pressure. We want to see them daring the opposition to try and stop them. Even after some of the games Town had lost in the first half of the season, opposition managers and journalists remarked jealously that you could see that’s what Town were trying to do. The first question one prominent and respected local writer asked me in the press room at Derby was whether Huddersfield’s attack was always this bad. To which the answer was: on the whole, lately, yes.
. Injuries have also been a big factor but they don’t tell the whole story. Even with their limited personnel, there have been plenty of games that Town could, should and in our view would have got more out of if they had been just a bit bolder, a bit more willing to press forward and use sheer numbers to build pressure: against Barnsley, against Millwall, against ten-man Stoke, and now here against Derby. We saw it for about five or ten minutes after the break, with Pipa and Aaron Rowe immediately heading as close to the opposition byline as the offside rule would allow and centre-backs Naby Sarr and Demeaco Duhaney both getting into the final third from open play. For those fleeting moments, it felt once again like early-season Huddersfield Town – who we’re not holding up as a paragon of footballing excellence by any means, but their approach at least was usually pretty clear even if the execution was lacking. And then, once again, they seemed to just decide en masse: nah, you know what, let’s drop back to just inside our own halfway line and keep it tidy instead. The ridiculous thing is that is exactly the thing we were complaining that Town weren’t doing in some of their other games recently: away at Watford, when 2-0 up against Wycombe, when in the lead against Middlesbrough, and even towards the end of the first half against Swansea.
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There are two teams in every game, of course. When they retreat it is because they are running into a good defence, rather than because they think the halfway line is a cool place to hang out on a pleasant Tuesday evening. But that’s kind of the point: Town’s fortunes are currently mostly decided by what the opposition do and how well they do it. That is precisely the opposite of what they wanted when they decided to ditch pragmatic football in favour in a progressive, front-foot head coach like Carlos Corberan. We have sympathy for the Spaniard on this specific frustrating occasion after seeing the players so quickly give up on that half-time restatement of his instructions – but the stark reality is he needs to find a way to get them to do what he wants for more than just 10 or 15 minutes at a time.
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