• Albion 1 - 0 Huddersfield Town, 13.09.2016

    First apologies for the lack of a Brentford report. I could (honestly) point to some crazy work pressures as the sole reason, but in truth, you can add me to the long list of those of a blue and white persuasion, who failed to put the effort in. Horrible performance, completely lacking in intensity or desire. Take nothing away from the Bees though, who thoroughly deserved their victory - and especially Scott Hogan, who looked mightily impressive - if not surely, the Sergio Aguero equal that we made him look.

    So to last night - a big reaction required, against David Wagner's unbeaten league leaders. I have to admit to real fears - the Terriers under their young German boss famed for their pressing game, looked to be a very specific test for an out-of-sorts Albion. Incidentally, given their current style, does any side in the league have a more apt nickname?

    Changes from Chris Hughton - Dale Stephens (praise the Lord) and Jiri Skalak, in for Murray and Norwood. Not just in personnel, but in shape too - Hemed up top alone, with Anthony Knockaert tasked with buzzing about behind him. In the centre of midfield, a frustratingly delayed season's bow, for the partnership of Stephens and King Beram. We all understand the reasons, but good grief we've missed this pairing.

    Unsurprisingly no changes for a Huddersfield side, enjoying their best season's start in a hundred years. The BBC Yorkshire expert on the wireless offered up Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy, attacker Jack Payne and Bundesliga capture Kachunga, as ones to watch. He was also rather quaintly proud of the fact that they'd secured the services of "Wales' number two keeper". "At Huddersfield. Imagine that".


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