Nahki Wells rediscovers his goalscoring touch

When the ball nestled in the corner of the net to make it 1-0 to Huddersfield Town, Nahki Wells was off in a flash.

He wheeled away and sprinted down the touchline, visibly exuding a mixture of relief and delight, to show each and every Huddersfield Town fan just how much the goal meant to him.

His goalscoring drought prior to this stretched back to the 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic, a game in which the Terriers came desperately close to ending their John Smith's Stadium woes, but his opener yesterday proved the catalyst to drawing a line in the sand on it once and for all.

It felt like the release of an inner demon which had been haunting him, after a series of games in which he found himself isolated up front as the lone frontman.

Twinned with the equally brilliant Harry Bunn, though, Wells looked back to his best and thrived against the same opposition he netted his opening Town goal against last term.

His threat extended well beyond his goals though, with his evasive movement and clever touches proving too much for the Lions to handle.

Grant Holt could be the answer to Town's attacking prayers

Announced as the club's new loan signing just prior to kick-off, Grant Holt was thrust into the limelight by manager Chris Powell in the second half but he did not shirk from the task of unsettling the Millwall backline.

He ruffled more than just a few feathers and already looks to be capable of providing the much-needed brawn Town have lacked not just in attack but also throughout the side.

His encouraging cameo, of course, came in spite of a obvious lack of playing time with his new peers but that should only serve as further appeal in that he surely has more to offer once he is up to full fitness.

The prospect of the physical specimen that is Holt dovetailing with the athleticism and effervescence of Wells, on paper at least, looks a tantalising one.

This 25-minute showing featured all the hallmarks of a typical battering ram centre forward's style of play, with aerial presence, effective hold-up play and a belligerent edge all on offer for the watching faithful.

 

Selection of Harry Bunn justified once more

It speaks volumes about Chris Powell's desire to fit the ever-improving Harry Bunn into his Huddersfield Town jigsaw that he has reshaped the formation on numerous occasions already, despite still only being in his elementary stages at the John Smith's Stadium helm.

Bunn was the sole beacon of light on an otherwise dour display at Leeds United and he was rewarded with continued faith from his boss, who handed the responsibility of a more central role, allowing him to get closer to a partner in Wells.

And the ploy worked perfectly as Bunn's industrious efforts helped tee up Wells' smartly-taken opener and his ceaseless darts in behind the Millwall defensive unit had Ian Holloway's side on guard throughout.

He capitalised on Lions midfielder Nicky Bailey's few minutes of madness by stealing into space on the left-hand side, where he had a tendency to drift and get involved in the play, before drawing the challenge which led to Wells' spot-kick winner.

It was another selfless display and one which completely vindicated Powell's experimental tactics.

Emergence of Jonathan Hogg offers a potentially huge plus point

Called in from the cold at Elland Road, it was perhaps unfair to judge a not fully-fit Jonathan Hogg too prematurely and reach definitive conclusions on his role in Powell's side.

But it was difficult to escape the belief that he had a challenge on his hands to gain a place in the XI with an apparent insistence on fielding and thus maximising Town's various attacking options, such as Bunn.

Against Millwall though, we saw the type of player the Terriers have always known is inside the former Aston Villa man, who has suffered more frustrations than most in his efforts to nail down a first-team place.

His tackling epitomised a no-nonsense attitude while he was also notably much more intrepid when it came to his passing, which helped keep Town probing their lacklustre opponents' defence.

If he can sustain this form, it will help to liberate Conor Coady in midfield and also provide a natural defensive foil for both the former Liverpool academy graduate and Jacob Butterfield to rely upon.

Signs 3-5-2 might actually be the answer after all

The fabled 3-5-2 was one of former manager Mark Robins' most flawed projects at Huddersfield Town, with the Terriers often exploited far too easily on the flanks when lining up in that shape.

It proved to be one of the primary impetuses for his downfall in the opening-day defeat to Bournemouth, which led to him leaving the club after a chastening afternoon.

And yet after his permanent replacement's flirtation with a 4-3-3 system - which has quite simply failed to bring the best out of Wells - a return to a three-man defence acted as a solid basis for Town to attack from and given the attacking riches available to him, it could be utilised again and again by Powell.

It allowed him to have more solidity and rigidity in the centre of the pitch, somewhere Town struggled particularly badly against Leeds, but also helped place an emphasis on attack, with Bunn also pulling wide to offer the side more balance.

It may not be the long-term formula, but it certainly offers some food for thought for Powell in the wake of another forward option in Holt, who would seem most adept in a two-pronged strikeforce.