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PremierLeague-News.Com - There were a few details from inside the John Smith's Stadium during Huddersfield Town's victory over Swansea that we don't imagine came across streaming at home
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Huddersfield Town’s wait for a first win of 2021 is over after they claimed a 4-1 victory over Swansea City on Saturday afternoon. A goal apiece from Fraizer Campbell and Lewis O'Brien and two from Duane Holmes helped Town see off Steve Cooper’s in-form promotion contenders and stop the Terriers’ Championship winless run at eight games. We’ve already had a look at how things unfolded to produce that victory in our five conclusions – but here are a few other stray observations from inside the ground that you may not have been able to pick up streaming the game from home. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Phil Hodgkinson’s roar of delight The Terriers chairman has been under an enormous amount of fire from practically the moment he walked in the door at Huddersfield Town, but whatever you thinking about the job he has done over the last 18 months or so, there is not doubting that he cares about the club. Hodgkinson is often the most vocal presence in the stands at the largely-empty John Smith's Stadium for these behind-closed-doors games, shouting words of encouragement to those in blue-and-white stripes and letting the referee know what he thinks of various decisions – as he did with the free kick awarded against Lewis O'Brien from which Swansea scored. For all that though, Hodgkinson usually keeps his goal celebrations relatively dignified and subdued, perhaps out of respect for his counterparts in the away section of the corporate area. But his elation got the better of him after Duane Holmes scored Town’s fourth and final goal, with Hodgkinson jumping to his feet and punching the air with a loud cry of delight that will no doubt have been echoed in living rooms around Kirklees. Danny Schofield’s new vantage point Some Town fans have noticed that Corberan’s assistant Danny Schofield has not been in the dugout over the last couple of games. Don’t worry, he’s not gone anywhere…other than up into the stands.
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. That continued into the Swansea game, with Schofield also taking over the duties of communicating with the bench via a two-way radio link with head of goalkeeping Paul Clements. Schofield and the analysts enjoy a better view of the whole pitch than is available from pitch level and also have the benefit of replays on their laptops and the stadium monitors – as well as the occasional input of head of football operations Leigh Bromby, who came over to offer notes and observations towards the end of each half.
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Richard Stearman’s voice Town had no shortage of experience in the starting back line with 27-year-old Naby Sarr, 29-year-old Alex Vallejo and 34-year-old Richard Keogh in the side just behind 32-year-old defensive midfielder Jonathan Hogg. But Town nevertheless missed a bit of a calming voice towards the end of the first half as they came under more and more pressure from Swansea, ending with Conor Hourihane’s equaliser. Carlos Corberan made sure that wasn’t an issue in the second half as he introduced Richard Stearman to the back three and moved Vallejo into midfield. You would have known the experienced centre-back had arrived on the pitch even if you’d had your eyes closed. Stearman and Ben Hamer – who was on the Swansea bench, as it happens – were the two most constant yammerers in the first half of the season, and the centre-back’s distinctive Midland cry of “SHAAAPE” immediately starting ringing out around the stands after he came on for Holmes in the 84th minute. Corberan said before the Middlesbrough game last midweek that Stearman was only fit to play 10-15 minutes so he’s still got a little way to go before we see him starting for Town again, but he could offer the Terriers boss an important option and presence in the back line.
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