It is one of the great mysteries of Huddersfield Town's season to date - just why have Chris Powell's men failed to carry their home form across to their travels?

Powell has now presided over 10 away matches since arriving in the John Smith's Stadium hotseat and his return is a mere six points from a possible 30.

Five of those were achieved during the Terriers' impressive seven-match unbeaten streak between September and November and it pales in comparison with home form in that time, which has yielded 21 points by a point of contrast.

Even before Powell's arrival, there were losses at Cardiff City and Watford, although a morale-boosting 2-1 win at Reading was sandwiched in between.

Last weekend saw an improved performance but indeed nothing tangible to show for their efforts in a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough and this weekend's trip to relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic represents the perfect chance to end their away-day woes.

So why have Town been unable to replicate their home successes on the road?

Here, Tom Marshall-Bailey investigates the reasons behind their Jekyll and Hyde form.

 

FORM

Home - Wins: 6, Draws: 4, Losses: 3

The swashbuckling brand of football displayed throughout the unbeaten run culminated in the stunning 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest as everything aligned itself perfectly from a Town perspective.

Inconsistent form followed as injuries, suspensions and loss of form for certain players struck, but Town's performances in the 2-1 win over Brentford and 3-1 success over Watford combined showed how the John Smith's Stadium has become a fortress for these Town players.

Away - Wins: 2, Draws: 3, Losses: 8

Town have been unable to marry their home displays with their away offerings, something reflected in the fact only the one win - albeit a superb 3-1 triumph at then high-flying Wolves - has been secured.

Draws at Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town were impressive and showed both sides of Town's game, as they produced a display built on defensive resolve and one of character to come from behind, but the 2-2 stalemate at Rotherham United left a bad taste in the mouth having led 2-0 until the 88th minute.

Heavy defeats at Leeds United and Norwich City have threatened to dent morale, but Town have recovered on both occasions.

GOALS SCORED

Home - 19

The greatest tally of goals in any one home game for the Terriers this term is four and that came against a struggling Blackpool side who were three down in no time at all as Town threatened to run riot, before eventually coming out on top 4-2 after a mini-revival from the Seasiders.

Town have most commonly failed to score at home this season, with four matches ending with the Terriers unable to find the back of the net, while scoring once or twice are the next most regular scoring outcomes.

Away - 15

It is a similar story away from the John Smith's, where Town have most frequently fired blanks or scored twice on the road.

Since Powell's arrival, it could be argued Town have only truly clicked throughout the side twice on their travels, with one resulting in a terrific 3-1 win at Wolves and the other the 2-2 draw at Rotherham.

They have failed to score in exactly half of the 10 matches away from home he has overseen, a rather damning statistic of how the Terriers have fared when they are not on their own turf.

GOALS CONCEDED

Home - 15

The fact Town have only conceded more than once at home this season on three occasions underlines why their form is so consistent, with only Blackpool - who were beaten 4-2 - Middlesbrough and the mitigating circumstances of the opening day against Bournemouth seeing the Terriers ship two or more.

They have kept only three clean sheets, but just one of those has resulted in a win - the 3-0 success over Nottingham Forest.

So far this season, seven visiting teams have scored once but only Birmingham City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Charlton Athletic have escaped with anything to show for their efforts.

Away - 30

It has been a different story altogether away from home for Town as they have let in double the amount of goals that they have done at the John Smith's.

Town have most conceded three goals mostly from their away fixtures so far, with Cardiff City, Leeds United, Derby County and Fulham all able to benefit from some charitable defending.

They have also seen four and five hit past them at Watford and Norwich City respectively, while the solitary clean sheet came in that commendable away showing at Blackburn.

Championship away goals conceded

30

Fulham

30

Huddersfield Town

29

Reading

 

TOTAL SHOTS PER GAME

Home - 14.5

Intriguingly, Town fire off less shots at goal at home than they do away, with their highest tally of shots this season coming in the recent 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers when their 24 efforts were finally rewarded late on when Wells netted a crucial winner.

Away - 14.9

Town's shots per game average is significantly boosted by their tallies of 21 and 27 shots against Cardiff and Watford respectively, fixtures that Town staggeringly lost despite superiority in this particular department over their hosts, with the Bluebirds posting 16 and the Hornets just 15.

Huddersfield Town's highest shots per game

All numbers from Opta

 

SHOTS ON TARGET PER GAME

Home - 5.7

This statistic begins to explain why Town have scored more goals at home, because simply put they are more efficient when it comes to taking their chances.

Town were at their most razor-sharp in front of goal during the 4-2 win over Blackpool as they hit the target with 11 of their 18 strikes on goal, working out at 61%.

Away - 4.5

By stark contrast, only 30.2% of Town's shots away from home have tested the goalkeeper and their most potent performance came in the 3-1 success at Wolves when they hit 57% of their 14 efforts on target.

Their worst record here this season came in the derby defeat at Leeds, where they failed to direct any efforts on goal, with all 14 shots proving wayward.

POSSESSION PER GAME

Home - 45.9%

It may only be marginal, but Town's greater possession at home this season would appear to point to consistency in both form and results.

Interestingly enough though, their highest share came as recently as the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City, whereas the 35.1% of the ball seen against Nottingham Forest resulted in a 3-0 win.

Away - 44.4%

Similarly to home form, there cannot be a definitive link between dominating the ball and winning games, as a 34.1% share in the 2-1 win at Reading underlines.

Their best performance of 56.4%, meanwhile, came in the 4-2 defeat at Watford so it is difficult to truly determine the importance of ball retention up against those scorelines.

PASSING ACCURACY PER GAME

Home - 71.9%

Perhaps Town's use of the ball may be a greater indicator as to how games are decided, which is true of a 1-1 home draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in some respects.

But it is subverted by the fact that Town's most inaccurate passing display (64.7%) coincided with the Forest triumph, a game in which Town played some of their best football so far in 2014/2015.

Away - 70.2%

This is equally reflected through Town's passing in away games, with an 82.5% accuracy helping to yield precisely no shots on target and, indeed, no goals in defeat at Leeds.

Their worst effort was a mere 63.1 at Rotherham United, a game they largely controlled through counter attacking before two late lapses.

TACKLING SUCCESS PER GAME

Home - 79.3%

Given that only a third of Town's conceded goals have come at home, maybe looking at a defensive aspect may give us some more clues into Town's away struggles?

Certainly from Powell's reign, the higher tallies of 100% against Sheffield Wednesday in a 0-0 draw, 83.3% against Wigan Athletic in another stalemate and 81.3% in the resilient 2-1 win over Brentford show a link.

Away - 73.7%

There is a similar pattern to be followed here too, with 57.1% resulting in a 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers and yet their only clean sheet was achieved with just 61.5%.

Likewise, a staggering 92.9% of tackles completed made for that 4-2 reverse at Watford, while the defeat at Derby County saw them successful in 81% of their challenges.

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