How the Huddersfield players rated in their home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday
Huddersfield required a win to move back to the summit of the table, but they couldn’t overcome a well drilled Sheffield Wednesday team.
This was the team’s third defeat of the season and they have managed to bounce back with a win after the previous two.
David Wagner will be pleased that his side dominated possession, but the lack of incision is a growing concern.
Here is how their players rated…
Danny Ward – The Liverpool loanee was decent if unremarkable on Sunday. There was little he could do for the goal as it was a great penalty from Fernando Forestieri. 6
Tommy Smith – It was a solid performance from the right back, who was good in possession and competed well in the air. 6
Mark Hudson – The club captain was asked to play as a centre forward during the closing stages as Huddersfield moved to a direct approach. He was the standout performer in the side’s defence. 7
Christopher Schindler – There were moments when the 26-year-old looked shaky, but it was a relatively good performance. His confidence on the ball led to him launching several attacks from deep. 6
Chris Lowe – The left back was hard-working and gave an assured display. His set piece delivery did let him down though as Sheffield Wednesday dealt with them comfortably. 5
Jonathan Hogg – He competed well in midfield areas and has been one of the players to standout most this season. The 27-year-old ended the game with a pass success rate of 84% and five completed tackles, showing how well rounded he has become under the tutelage of David Wagner. 6
Aaron Mooy – The Australian international has been a revelation this season since joining the club on loan. He was influential on Sunday and was easily the standout player for the home side. He showed his combative side with four completed tackles, but continued to distribute effectively with three key passes. 7
Elias Kachunga – Before the match, the German was marked as the key man for Huddersfield and he came close to scoring from a deflected effort. On the whole his decision making was poor in the final third and Wednesday will be pleased with their efforts to keep him quiet. 5
Kasey Palmer – The Chelsea loanee failed to get into the game on Sunday and was wasteful in possession on a couple of occasions. He has still to add consistency to his game this season and there will be matches in which he is frustrating. His work ethic couldn’t be faulted though as he ran and ran for his team. 5
Rajiv van La Parra – Unfortunately it was the Dutchman that was at fault for the goal as he handballed in the area. It was a mistake from the winger and one that wasn’t unpunished. In the attacking half, he tried to create, but he was wasteful in possession. This wasn’t one of his better displays. 4
Nakhi Wells – He was full of running for his team and was good in possession misplacing just one pass during the match. That said, he was isolated and only managed to have one shot. It was a disappointing afternoon for the striker. 5
Jack Payne – The substitute failed to have the desired impact on the game and was wasteful in possession completing just 69% of his passes. 5
Michael Hefele – He was asked to come on as a centre forward and it would be unfair to judge his performance as he only had a limited involvement. N/A
David Wagner – His side were dominant as displayed by the possession stats. Huddersfield had 65.6% of the ball, but they failed to create clear-cut chances and that has been a problem for them at the beginning of this season. They have scored the fewest goals in the top six and that will need to be corrected if they are to challenge for promotion. His decision to chase an equaliser with a direct approach failed. 6
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