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Championship

4 January 2013

Long winless run leaves Huddersfield teetering on relegation scrap

New Year's Day drubbing at Leicester should have Terriers' nerves jangling after strong start

Long winless run leaves Huddersfield teetering on relegation scrap

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Huddersfield’s impressive start to life back in the Championship is a distant memory for the Terriers as the torrid run which they are currently enduring has seen them drawing closer to the relegation zone with every passing week.

One defeat in the opening seven games of the season will no doubt have seen plenty of excited fans’ money swept away by the wave of optimism that promised Premier League football at the John Smiths Stadium next season. Avoiding a return to League One is now a more pressing concern and relegation can be backed at 9/1.

Huddersfield have not sampled the sweet taste of victory since they beat Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley in early November – a whole 10 games ago.

Half of these clashes ended in defeat, the most recent being a worrying 6-1 thrashing at the hands of a Leicester side who are hardly renowned for their goalscoring prowess. They have some difficult looking clashes to come so a win against Birmingham, another relegation-threatened team, in their next league fixture is an absolute must.

Many have found Watford and Derby difficult places to go this season, while home games against Crystal Palace and Cardiff are not two that can be earmarked as nailed on three pointers.

At the minute the Terriers have their heads clearly above water with a seven-point gap between themselves and the drop-zone, but if their winless run was to extend by another five games then they can expect to see that nice cushion disappear.

Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough are all enjoying an upturn in their form of late, having all looked dead and buried at varying stages of the season.

This will have all the clubs above them looking over their shoulder and, with Huddersfield’s form making for a contrasting read to that of the aforementioned three clubs, Simon Grayson’s men need be wary.

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