Dream debut for Palmer sees Terriers off to the perfect start!

After a summer full of optimism surrounding Huddersfield Town and the heavily branded ‘Wagner Revolution’, the Sky Bet Championship season finally got underway on Saturday with the Terriers hosting Brentford at the John Smith’s Stadium. The bees defeated Town 5-1 last time out on our own turf, and the result was still very fresh in the minds of town fans, and players alike. Following the arrival of twelve new first team players in the summer, it was no suprise to see six debutants start the match, with a further five on the bench. Dean Whitehead was banned for Town following an incident in the final game of last season, whilst Wells, Billing, Bunn and Dempsey missed out due to their respecive injuries picked up in pre-season. The biggest talking point within the team selection was the inclusion in the starting eleven of captain Mark Hudson, who kept his place despite the options of Hefele and Stankovic being available. Town started with venum, and could’ve been in a comforable lead at half time, however the scores were still locked at 0-0. It took Town just 5 minutes of the second half to get their first goal of the campaign though, as German recruit Elias Kachunga headed home a Tommy Smith cross to make it 1-0. As well as all their dominance, Huddersfield now had something to show for it. Brentford finally found some form following the home side’s strike, and a lapse in concentration at the back allowed the Bees to level. Nico Yennaris slotted beyond Danny Ward, and things were level once more. Cue the introduction of 19-year-old Kasey Palmer from the bench, as Wagner looked to hit back. The on-loan Chelsea midfielder was straight into the action, pouncing on a loose ball following Bentley’s save from Van la Parra’s shot to round the keeper, score, and send the John Smith’s into celebration mode. The defence stood firm in the final moments to gift Wagner’s side a deserved opening day win which sees them sit 6th following the first round of fixtures. A special mention must go to on-loan Aaron Mooy who was outstanding, creating a wealth of chances, and defender Christopher Schindler who marked his debut with a very solid performance. Next up on Tuesday is a trip to League One outfit Shrewsbury Town in the rebranded EFL Cup, as the Terriers look to go on a cup run – wouldn’t that make a change!

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