Huddersfield Town maintained it’s unbeaten start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign with yet another clean-sheet as the John Smith’s Stadium faithful witnessed an entertaining 0-0 draw against Southampton.
Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner name an un-changed side which started the previous Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.
It would be the visiting Saints that got proceedings off to a nervous start. Northern Irish international Steven Davis produced a defence splitting through ball to Nathan Redmond who latched on to the pass before curling inches wide of the far post.
Huddersfield Town wouldn’t be rocked by the early chance, however, as the Club would raise the intensity in response to the relieving let-off.
With Southampton best chance of the first half squandered by Nathan Redmond, it would be the Terriers’ who failed to make the most of two glorious chances 20 minutes in.
Firstly, a perfectly weighted through ball from Aaron Mooy to a lively Rajiv van La Parra on the left saw the Dutch winger pick out Elias Kachunga in the six-yard box. On this occasion, Kache would be denied a split-second from pulling the trigger, as Japanese international central-defender Maya Yoshida pulled off a superb block to thwart the Congolese man from putting Town ahead.
The home side continued to grind out opportunities; visiting Skipper Steven Davis the next man in the black and green to vitally put his body on the line after excellent, skilful wing play from Elias Kachunga had found Rajiv van La Parra in space on the edge of the 18-yard box.
Huddersfield Town would rue another couple of golden chances to wonder how it would go in at the interval all square; Steve Mounié flicked agonisingly wide of the upright after Aaron Mooy’s delightful cross-field pass had found an open Tommy Smith on the right, before Maya Yoshida misjudged a bouncing ball to allow Tom Ince around the back who’s inventive outside-of-the-foot effort towards the far corner was somehow tipped for a corner by an agile Fraser Forster.
Forster, who had so far proved to be a decisive player so far for the Saints, very nearly gifted Elias Kachunga with an opener after failing to efficiently handle a deep cross, but recovered well to claw away Kache’s reactive effort on the empty net.
Manolo Gabbiadini had seen little in the away of action up to the opening minutes of the second half, but the former Napoli man struck tamely at Jonas Lössl just a minute in to ensure that the Terriers were fully alert to begin what would be a vital 45 minutes.
Huddersfield Town huffed and puffed, but still couldn’t break Maya Yoshida’s resistance, as Saints’ number three continued to impress, firstly by denying Elias Kachunga’s dart to the by-line followed by a heroic block to divert Aaron Mooy’s thunderbolt.
Despite being deep into injury time, David Wagner’s side wouldn’t be forced into changing it’s tactical set-up from set-pieces. The very high defensive line would again be called into action, this time to ensure Oriol Romeu’s diving header was adjudged to have been in an offside position, in turn completing a magnificent start to the Premier League campaign; a start which sees Huddersfield Town top of the table heading into the international break, with a Monday Night Football trip to West Ham up next for the Club in two weeks time.