The Terriers took a giantic leap to safety in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon. Juninho Bacuna's goal in the 56th minute gave Huddersfield Town a much needed three points in West London in a bid to regain Championship football next season, with relief off the shoulders of Carlos Corberan. Town registered their first win in five competitive games.
Huddersfield started the game the brightest, a stop from Seny Dieng in the third minute preventing the Terriers from going in front. The Queens Park Rangers keeper got down well to deny a low right-footed effort from Lewis O'Brien. Moments later an effort from Isaac Mbenza was put just wide of the goal. The number 18 creating space for himself only to fizz the effort just wide of the net. In the 29th minute Richard Keogh met Mbenza's corner, but his header at goal also put wide, a close shave for the visitors in the capital.
Ryan Schofield also got himself in the act making a remarkable save from close range. His magnificent save to stop Todd Kane from close range before kicking the rebound away from the QPR wing back.
Town did make a double change in the second half, but it was the second phase of the game that changed their fortunes. A great strike from Bacuna would be the influential difference after the midfielder received the ball from counterpart Pipa on the edge of the area and drilled a right footed effort into the back of the net.
Following their welcome win, the Town boss spoke to club media and gave his thoughts on the performance during the 90 minutes.
The Spaniard spoke about the resilience at the back
"Defending well is one the keys in football, and that's two clean sheets in a row now. If we can extend that, we know we have players on the pitch who can score goals."
On Ryan Schofield's and Juninho Bacuna's recent performances
"We've recovered the best performances of Ryan Schofield in the last games. He needed to do that. and its fantastic to see from him. It is not easy for a player like Juninho Bacuna to play so many minutes. I really appreciate his effort. His goal today was important, not only for him but the team too."
He knows the value of the three points in a bid to stay in the division
"That's a very important three points for us in the table. It's important that the players get the reward for their efforts. The players engineered that win today. We gave them the middle of the pitch a little to start the game, so we changed the shape a little. After that it was down to the effort of the players. Every player on the team was important today. Every player has to continue to make their maximum effort for the team as we go forward."
Huddersfield have Sheffield Wednesday up next in midweek away at Hillsborough in the Sky Bet Championship, with Brentford on the agenda on the 3rd of April at the John Smith's Stadium.
Town are now 18th, a healthy nine points separate themselves and the drop zone. The Terriers will need to keep up this type of performance if they are to secure safety at the bottom end of the table, and stay in the Sky Bet Championship.