A thousand miles, two defeats and two dismissals.
Huddersfield Town didn’t get much from their trips to Reading and Brighton and Hove Albion other than suspensions and a reminder that their squad still lacks depth and a touch of additional quality.
The recruitment of experienced Algerian Karim Matmour, who made his debut as a half-time replacement for Emyr Huws at the Amex Stadium, is welcome.
But the feeling remains that a further arrival or two during the current transfer window would help Town maintain their obvious progress under David Wagner.
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Their momentum might have stalled with the FA Cup exit at Reading and Saturday’s first defeat in six Championship games.
But neither match was a hopeless case, with Wagner’s men producing bright spells, especially in Berkshire.
Town also started well in Sussex, but in the final analysis, couldn’t really complain about the final outcome.
Again they ended with 10 men, but unlike at Reading, where Jonathan Hogg’s red card was a clear game-changer, Tommy Smith’s 84th-minute sending off for a second bookable offence didn’t overly affect things.
Town, looking a touch jaded, were already struggling to create any sustained attacks after Brighton took the lead for the second time with James Wilson’s 66th-minute header.
Wagner, having brought on Dean Whitehead for Jason Davidson and Phil Billing for Jamie Paterson, pushed first Mark Hudson, then fellow centre-back Joel Lynch, up front in a bid to snatch a point.
But it has to be said Brighton boss Chris Hughton won the battle of the substitutes.
Like Wagner, he made a change at the break (Andrew Crofts for Dale Stephens).
Then came Manchester United loanee Wilson (for Bobby Zamora, the scorer of Brighton’s first goal in the 30th minute) and wideman Kazenga LuaLua (for Tomer Hemed).
While Wilson grabbed the winner, LuaLua drew the foul which led to the sending off of Smith, who now serves a one-match ban when Cardiff City visit on Saturday.
Skipper Hudson will also miss out against his old club, as well as the trip to Preston North End on Saturday, February 6, after picking up a 10th caution of the campaign and therefore a two-game suspension.
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Town will have Hogg and possibly Kyle Dempsey (knee) and Ishmael Miller (hamstring) available against Cardiff.
But with Hudson, Smith and most probably Sean Scannell (knee) missing and a doubt over Huws, who needed treatment after an early challenge with Stephens, Wagner has little room for manoeuvre.
As the head coach said, his side were lacking at both ends of the pitch.
Other than through Harry Bunn, who headed his fourth goal of the season in first-half stoppage time, they failed to take their chances.
And Town also struggled to cope with Brighton’s attacks, especially on the counter.
Star of the show for Hughton’s side was home debutant Anthony Knockaert, who created both goals and also shaved the woodwork with a free-kick.
But there was also a big contribution from seasoned striker Zamora, who gave Hudson a tough afternoon and was the man who headed clear the Town corner before galloping forward to guide home ex-Leicester City man Knockaert’s cross later in the move.