Yesterday it was a case for the defence and today, it's the turn of the midfielders to come under scrutiny as we assess how the middle third of the Huddersfield Town side have performed so far this season.

Town invested most heavily in their midfield unit over the summer months with the purchases of Conor Coady from Liverpool and Jacob Butterfield as a makeweight in a swap deal for last season's player of the year Adam Clayton.

Jonathan Hogg has also been a central figure, particularly under Chris Powell, and has been a key part of a central midfield trio involving the new signings, but the recent loan addition of Diego Poyet illustrates the manager's desire to keep improving his squad.

Here, we assess the relationship built at the heart of the midfield and the wide play which has been an instrumental feature in Town's recent good form.

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Central midfield - Jacob Butterfield/Conor Coady/Jonathan Hogg/Lee Peltier/Radoslaw Majewski

The list of names shows a diverse range of qualities within the Town midfield ranks, but Powell appears to have settled on either a two of Butterfield and Coady or a three with Hogg coming in to offer more defensive protection to the defence.

Majewski's game relies heavily on time and space, a luxury which simply isn't afforded in the Championship and while he boasts a vast array of passing, his style is at odds with the expeditious nature of the attacking football Powell has been so keen to promote.

Butterfield and Coady both possess the technical qualities of Majewski but also the battle-hardened traits needed to stand out at this level, and both have had encouraging starts to life at Town.

They work equally as well as a duo as they do with Hogg in the side, with the former Aston Villa and Watford man able to sit, break up play and keep things simple by handing the ball to the more attack-minded players directly in front of him.

All three have truly come to the fore under Powell's guidance and the rapport between them is blossoming as a result, with each appearing to have an appreciation for their central midfield peers' abilities and it has led to a more cohesive unit as a result.

It will be interesting to see whether or not Poyet upsets the apple cart in that respect, as the West Ham United man will have come to the Terriers - especially after making a Premier League debut earlier this season - intent on getting more first-team minutes under his belt.

Lee Peltier was handed opportunities in a defensive midfield role but has featured only intermittently recently, epitomising his struggles since being replaced as captain by Mark Hudson.

The plaudits naturally went to many of the forwards for their part in fantastic home and away performances during the unbeaten run, but the contribution from the centre of the park was just as crucial.

When you consider Coady's stunning long-range strike at Wolves, Butterfield's bursts from deep against Blackpool and Hogg's defensive discipline to thwart a dangerous Brighton and Hove Albion side, it is easy to understand why Powell has been so keen to maintain a successful formula.

The primary problem he has to overcome is his use of Hogg, who has been alternated with Wells to mixed effect, but the signing of Poyet - albeit only on an initial short-term basis - should ensure he has adequate cover.

It has not been a flawless performance so far from each member of the triumvirate, with certain defensive lessons still to be learned in particular, but they have given Town a solid foundation to rely upon.


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Wingers - Harry Bunn/Sean Scannell/Danny Ward/Adam Hammill/Joe Lolley

Hands up, who thought Bunn would emerge as the star player from the season so far at the very start of 2014/2015?

No, me neither.

You could fit Scannell into that bracket with similar ease given his previous travails, but the impact both interim manager Mark Lillis and Powell have had on the wide duo has led to an empowerment of both, with the confidence tangible.

Town fans have gone from not knowing what to expect from the previously erratic Scannell to now expecting only the finest bursts of pace past his marker and a precise end delivery to boot.

The manner in which he single-handedly tore apart Blackpool's Joel Dielna - leading to the beleaguered left-back being subbed after just 16 minutes in Town's 4-2 win - evinced a conviction in his play which had previously been lacking but is now one of the Terriers' most potent weapons down the right.

And the same applies to Bunn on the left, with a player who had been hampered by injury until this, his breakthrough season, scaring opposition right-backs from the very outset with his searing pace and ox-like strength.

Town's ability to make the pitch as wide as possible courtesy of two throwback flankers was paramount in blowing the likes of Wolves, Blackpool and Nottingham Forest all away during the unbeaten run.

But it has not just been about their attacking responsibilities.

What has been so refreshing to see is the way both Scannell and Bunn are willing to track back, do the dirty work and assist their full-backs, something which Powell has drilled into them as being a pre-requisite for any wideman bidding to reach the top.

I could have feasibly graded this area of the squad a 10, especially given Powell's fortuity in being able to call upon either for each of the dozen games he has taken charge of, but there have been some occasions when one has sparkled slightly more than the other.

There has rarely been a match in which both have failed to perform, with the 3-1 reverse at Fulham prior to the international break the only possible aberration to the trend.

Powell will have to continue to hope his side do not suffer injuries in the wide areas, because the contribution of Danny Ward from the bench has been nowhere near the sky-high levels set by both Bunn and Scannell, while Hammill and Lolley are still on the mend after injury layoffs.


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