A punch in the air from Town manager Chris Powell signified a big step for the club under his stewardship, as Town ended September with a much needed win at home to Millwall.

September was month that started and finished with hope amongst the Terriers faithful, yet the football that was sandwiched between Powell's appointment at the start of the month and his first win at the end can only be described as dry turkey without any cranberry sauce.


It was to be a baptism of fire for the former Charlton Athletic boss in his first few games in charge of Town. With only ten days to work with his new squad, he had to try and improve a defence that was leaking goals at an alarming rate.

One big positive that Powell could work with was former Cardiff skipper Mark Hudson. The deadline day signing had the pedigree but could he be the difference that was required at the heart of a shaky defence.

Well despite two turgid performances at home against Middlesbrough and Wigan, where Town only picked up one point in a 0-0 draw with the Latics, Powell managed to solidify the defence with the only goals coming from set plays.

You could have said that objective one was complete with a first clean sheet of the season and a West Yorkshire derby on the horizon. However, once again Town were humbled by Leeds at Elland Road.

Joel Lynch and Alex Smithies, who had been terrific in keeping a clean sheet against Wigan, went from hero to zero in just a few days. The former of the two gifted two goals to Leeds, whilst Smithies let himself down with two of the goals conceded.

Despite that Town looked toothless in attack with Nahki Wells looking ineffectual leading the line on his own. It was quite clear in the summer we needed a striker who could compliment Wells when James Vaughan was out injured, which everyone knew would happen at one stage.

Yet here we were after the transfer window had shut still short a key component in the squad and clearly suffering with an imbalance in the side.

Step forward Grant Holt. The former Norwich City striker, who was once touted as a possible England international, joined on a short term loan from fellow Championship side Wigan.

Holt has all the attributes in a striker that Town need and he was straight into the squad for an important game against Millwall.

Town were 2-1 up when Holt came on to make his debut after Wells had scored a brace and Harry Bunn torn Jimmy Abdou to shreds. Yet his hustling and bustling helped secure Chris Powell his first home win as boss.

So there we have it, September in a nutshell.


Man of the month

MARK HUDSON: The former Cardiff City centre half has been a revelation since he joined the Terriers on deadline day. He may lack pace but reads the game ever so well and is the commanding defender and leader we have lacked at this level ever since we gained promotion.

A special mention must go to HARRY BUNN who has taken the chance given to him by caretaker boss Mark Lillis and hasn't really looked back. A man of the match display in the defeat at Leeds followed by another sensational game against Millwall certainly has got the Town faithful saying good things.

Highlight of the month

It had been an astonishing 211 days and 11 games since Huddersfield Town won at home. That victory came against Barnsley at the start of March and since then Town have struggled with any sort of consistency.

So to see the scenes after the 2-1 victory including Alex Smithies applauding all three home stands and Tommy Smith embracing Powell was a huge relief for the fans. It also announced a real sense of togetherness at the club that perhaps has been missing for a while.

Lowlight of the month

Town fans thought the 5-1 rout at Elland Road last season was bad, well this years 3-0 defeat was even worse. Devoid of any attacking threat, except for Harry Bunn and far too soft at the back. Leeds were worthy winners.

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