FORTUNES can change fast in football – especially in the roller-coaster of a division called the Championship.
Three weeks ago, Huddersfield Town were in the play-off places on the back of a 1-0 win at Barnsley while Leeds were down in 18th and looking anxiously over their shoulders after a 6-1 thumping at home to Watford.
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A takeover and four matches on, Leeds fans are talking about regaining the Premier League place lost in 2004 while Town’s are reflecting on a run of just one point from 12 and desperately hoping a dip in form doesn’t turn into something more damaging.
“You should have gone Christmas shopping,” sang the gleeful visiting contingent as they celebrated their side’s third win running.
An early present in the shape of the return of ex-Leeds ace Jermaine Beckford, who notched the winner at Barnsley but has been absent ever since with a hamstring injury, would certainly be welcome, because Town are badly lacking some spark up front.
They could also do with a fully-fit James Vaughan, who after seven matches out with a thigh problem, emerged from the bench in the 63rd minute, but looked distinctly rusty.
Simon Church put in plenty of work, but hasn’t yet been able to match fellow loan men Vaughan and Beckford in terms of impact, and with widemen Scott Arfield and Danny Ward well shackled on Saturday, Town struggled to make the most of Alan Lee.