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MetiNews.Com - The Terriers boss' chief ambition for the second half of the season is for his side to concede fewer goals - but there's one situation where that's a particular problem
Breaking News ! Carlos Corberan is right that the side’s defensive work needs attention. Only Wycombe have conceded more goals than Huddersfield Town's 32 over the first half of the season, and the xG stats suggest they’ve not been unlucky; the chances they’ve given up would typically yield 32.2 goals. Usually you’d look at a stat like that and assume the back line must be facing a constant stream of attacks thanks to a porous midfield. Unlike Wycombe, however, Town are only facing fractionally more shots per game (11.7) than the average Championship side (11.2), which tells us what we already know: they are giving up too many can’t-miss opportunities with individual errors on and off the ball. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now That’s especially true in the second halves of games. Only Preston and Coventry have conceded more goals after the break than the Terriers. The positive is that this side looks good in the opening stages of games recently. Romoney Crichlow's glancing header early on against Plymouth Argyle marked the sixth time in nine matches that Town have scored within the first 15 minutes. Only half of those six games ended in victory, and that's not good enough - but if this is not too glib a point to make, as a coach you'd rather be blowing leads than never have them at all. At least that gives Corberan something to work with. In fact, we can narrow down the work that needs to be done to one specific match situation. Let's have a look at the numbers from Town's 23 Championship games this season. Town ahead by two+ goals (176 mins): Scored 1, conceded 0 Town ahead by one goal (465 mins): Scored 4, conceded 8 Scores level (952 mins): Scored 17, conceded 15 Town behind by one goal (371 mins): Scored 5, conceded 4 Town behind by two+ goals (106 mins): Scored 1, conceded 5 Sign up for the Huddersfield Town newsletter Why you should sign up? We will bring you all the best and latest Huddersfield Town news and analysis direct to your inbox. We have the latest features, nostalgia and opinion as we bring you the best coverage around the Terriers. How do you sign up? It's easy and takes seconds.
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Corberan's side are doing fairly well whenever the scores are level and the game is therefore in a relatively neutral state, getting the next goal more often than not. That's a positive. We can also see this is not a side that routinely crumbles after going a goal behind as was the case last season (though they does still tend to fall apart after they go two goals down). When Town trail by just one goal they are more likely to equalise than they are to go further behind, whereas last year they were nearly twice as likely to concede again as they were to draw level (scored 10, conceded 19). Where Town are really struggling this season is after taking a one-goal lead. They have only doubled their advantage four times and have conceded eight equalisers. That's a step back from last season, when their record over the entire campaign was 7 leads doubled, 10 equalisers conceded. That's even more frustrating because they are yet to concede on any of the four occasions they have gone two goals ahead - despite having to see out at least 50 minutes after the second goal in three of those four games. There are still improvements that can be made at other stages of the game, but with time on the training pitch limited by injuries and recovery time, Corberan and his coaches must invest their efforts into the areas that are costing them the most points.
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What the numbers make clear is that this squad needs more work on how to play with a one-goal lead - not just in defence but in attack and especially in transition. There is clearly something going wrong as the team tries to find the balance between defending what they have and trying to add another on the counter attack. We intend to return to analysing the equalisers they've conceded in a future piece, but that will still only be telling half the story - we'd also need to look at the much more involved issue of why they are so ineffective in attack when they're a goal up too. If Corberan and his coaching staff can identify and solve those issues, they will be able to turn more of those one-goal advantages into the two-goal leads that they have proven more than capable of defending - and reap plenty more points as a a result.
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