Huddersfield Duo In Team Of The Week (24/10/17)
Huddersfield Town are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performances by Tommy Smith and Aaron Mooy in the two one victory over Manchester United at the weekend at the John Smith's Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected the duo as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'If you were under any illusion what 'real' football fans can bring to a stadium then this message at the John Smith's Stadium couldn't be any clearer: 'It doesn't count how big you are or how experienced you are - if you have passion and desire you have no limits.' That was the banner that stood writ large on the bank of Huddersfield's home, staring the Town players squarely in the face. Boy, did they respond to it on Saturday. For 45 minutes, Manchester United didn't know what had hit them. From Tommy Smith's first tackle on Anthony Martial, you knew Huddersfield fancied it and United weren't sure. The challenge rattled Martial and United remained in a state of paralyses for some time. Martial was so disgruntled by Smith and his team-mates he seemed to completely lose his composure, got booked and never came to terms with the fixture. By the time United realised they were in a battle, it was too late. The block by Mathias Jorgensen on Chris Smalling's shot destined for the back of the net was magnificent and further illustrated Huddersfield's determination. But Smith's was a captain's performance if ever I saw one. Talk about leading by example.'
'When a smaller team face a bigger team it takes an awful lot of courage to stare them in the face and say 'come on, let's have it'. It's rather like a boxer taking on a street fighter. The pugilist wants to box his way out of trouble, while the street fighter knows the only way he can win the contest is to embroil his opponent in a scrap. Involving Manchester United in a brawl was the only way Huddersfield were going to win this game and these were precisely the tactics employed by manager David Wagner. The Terriers also utilised a sucker punch in the way they deployed Aaron Mooy. In scoring his side's opening goal, the former Manchester City player provided Huddersfield with that stinging blow just when United were trying to recover from a first-half onslaught. There is also no doubt in my mind that Mooy can play. Against United, not only did he perform his duties in the trenches but demonstrated his class and composure. This lad made my team of the week in August and I suspected then it wouldn't be the last time. He has found his footing very quickly in the Premier League and, if he keeps this up, he could attract the attention of other interested parties in the January transfer window.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to both for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Glenn Murray (Brighton), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham).