"Home form crucial for the Terriers" - Three things learnt as Huddersfield and Leicester drew 1-1
Huddersfield Town maintained their impressive start to the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City.
Laurent Depoitre opened the scoring for the hosts immediately after the second-half restart before Jamie Vardy equalised via the penalty spot four minutes later.
The Terriers looked the more likely to grab a winner, and even had a second goal ruled out for offside, but the teams could not be separated in a hard-fought contest.
Here are three things we learnt at John Smith’s Stadium…
Home form crucial for Huddersfield
Eight points from five matches marks an excellent return for David Wagner’s side, who had been tipped to be the Premier League’s whipping boys.
For any promoted club, home form is absolutely crucial to their hopes of survival.
Three games on home turf and the Terriers are yet to be defeated, with this result following a win and a draw against Newcastle United and Southampton, respectively. In fact, Vardy’s strike was the first goal they had conceded at home this season.
Tougher challenges are sure to come and there is bound to be the odd hammering along the way, but Huddersfield can take great heart from the way they have acquitted themselves thus far. Wagner has done a fine job during his time in Yorkshire.
Vardy’s form boosts the Foxes
Despite the big-money arrival of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, there is no doubt who is the main source of goals at Leicester.
Vardy largely failed to hit the heights last season that had fired the Foxes to their stunning title triumph during 2015/16, but he has started this campaign in blistering fashion, with four goals already from just six shots on target.
In fact, his successful penalty against Huddersfield made it 15 goals in his past 18 games. Iheanacho was signed to take some of the burden off the England striker and he will surely contribute to the goals column.
With just one win to their name, the Foxes have made a slow start. However, Vardy’s form – overlooking a late blemish – is a real positive for manager Craig Shakespeare.
Officials’ decisions highlight the fine margins
But for the referee assistant’s flag, Huddersfield could be sitting on 10 points from five games this season. With the game well poised at 1-1, Elias Kachunga turned in a shot from Mathias Jorgensen, only to see the linesman signal for offside.
Boss Wagner was very disappointed with the decision, believing his player was onside. Either way, it highlighted the fine margins of football at the highest level and, with such high stakes, it is no surprise that managers get so infuriated when they sense an injustice.
Wagner will hope that this disallowed goal doesn’t have any major significance come May.