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The Opposition: Huddersfield Town

We take a look at the weekend’s hosts

26 September 2019

Millwall contest their final match of September in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday (kick-off 3pm), taking on basement side Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Lions go in search of a first away victory of the season and a first League three points in six games, whilst Danny Cowley’s Terriers are in desperate search of a maiden Championship win, having taken just one point from their opening eight matches with seven defeats. Neil Harris’ men sit 16th in the division on nine points following last weekend’s defeat to QPR at The Den, with Huddersfield letting an encouraging half-time lead slip to go down 4-2 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

This season is Huddersfield’s first back in The Championship since their against-all-odds promotion via the Play-Offs in 2017. Having leapt into the second tier from League One in 2012, Town endured four successive bottom-half finishes before putting together a remarkable run under David Wagner in the 2016/17 campaign, taking fifth spot and eliminating Sheffield Wednesday and Reading in the Play-Off fight. An even more impressive achievement followed in 2017/18, as the Yorkshire underdogs survived in their first appearance in the top flight since 1972 – eventually relegated from the Premier League last term in a difficult campaign in which they picked up just three League wins. Huddersfield spent almost all of their early history in the top division, and were managed by iconic sporting legends Herbert Chapman and Bill Shankly. The club won their three English titles in succession between 1924 and 1926, and have appeared in five FA Cup Finals – winning one in 1922.

Town’s summer transfer business was overseen by former coach Jan Siewert, with major reinforcements made following relegation as well as the departures of several key performers. Tommy Elphick, Fraizer Campbell and Trevoh Chalobah were among the players to arrive at the club, with The Terriers forced to see the talented Jonas Lossl and Philip Billing and Aaron Mooy (loan) stay in the Premier League – Chris Lowe, Laurent Depoitre and Rajiv van La Parra were also among those leaving the John Smith’s Stadium.

Cowley brothers Danny and assistant Nicky arrived in West Yorkshire earlier this month after leaving Lincoln City, whom they guided on a tremendous journey into League One. Much has been made of the ‘meteoric rise’ of the two, who have embarked on a remarkable journey in just five years. Manager Danny began his coaching career at Essex non-League outfit Concord Rangers, staying with the club for eight years as well as his full-time occupation as a PE teacher, and won three promotions with the side. Moving on to Braintree Town, the Cowley brothers guided the club to their highest-ever finish of third in the National League, losing out in the Play-Offs, before taking over at Lincoln City. At Sincil Bank, the club secured their return to the EFL at the first time of asking, as well as becoming the first ever non-League side to reach the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup – eliminating Premier League Burnley away from home – before bowing out at eventual winners Arsenal. After two seasons in League Two, the duo won another promotion as champions, and now test their eyebrow-raising coaching capacity at Championship level.

In 45 meetings between Millwall and Huddersfield Town, The Lions have taken 18 wins to our opponents’ 21. Recent form in this fixture has been far from ideal for Millwall, losing the last five clashes with The Terriers. The Lions' last victory at the John Smith’s Stadium came via James Henry’s late winner in 2009, since which Millwall have beaten their opponents three times at The Den.

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