Huddersfield Town are climbing the Championship table after a second consecutive league victory.

Charlton Athletic were the victims of a scoreline David Wagner's side have been threatening for a while - with five different scorers finding the net on a fine night at the John Smith's Stadium.

David Wagner called it "perfect" and although the visitors were poor it's hard to argue with the result that was also a big positive for Town's goal difference.

Here's five things we learned from the encounter...

1. Davidson staking a claim for a regular spot

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Jason Davidson has had to wait for his chance under David Wagner - international duty with Australia delayed his introduction to the manager's training methods and the form of Ben Chilwell kept him out of the side on his return to Yorkshire.

Fresh doubts about the left-back's future at Town were introduced after Wagner moved to bring in James Husband on loan once Chilwell returned to Leicester.

However, despite Husband's availability for the last two games it has been Davidson who has won the starting spot - and his performances show he is determined to keep it.

Against Charlton he put in a string of promising crosses from the left hand side, and although he wasn't called upon to do too much defending he capped a fine individual display with his first goal in English football in stoppage time.

The Middlesbrough loanee has arrived with a fine reputation, but Wagner has already spoken of his preference to work with his own contracted players.

Davidson may be making that a reality.

2. Is it time to give Paterson a permanent contract?

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Jamie Paterson of Huddersfield Town celebrates with Tommy Smith after scoring his team's third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic on January 12, 2016 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)


Voted Man of the Match by the sponsors, Nottingham Forest loanee Jamie Paterson turned in a performance laced with clever movement, wonderful touches and a constant attacking threat.

A goal and an assist were just reward but didn't tell the whole story of his all-round game, which was summed up when David Wagner asked him to take up a deeper role in midfield following the substitution of Emyr Huws.

Paterson has only missed one game since Wagner took charge and he believes the German's style is "perfect" for the way he likes to express himself on the field.

Is it time to start a conversation with his parent club about making this temporary switch permanent?

He excels as one of the three forward players behind Nahki Wells, and with Wagner's commitment to this formation and Paterson's game already obvious, his recent displays would suggest it's important for Town to make sure he doesn't slip through their fingers come the end of the season.

3. Town can find goals from a variety of sources

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Jason Davidson of Huddersfield Town scores his team's 5th goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic on January 12, 2016 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

With the understandable chatter about bringing in a striker in the January transfer window, it was good to see five different names on the scoresheet come the final whistle.

You'd have got outstanding odds on Mark Hudson, Jason Davidson and Duane Holmes all finding the net - especially considering it was the latter's first ever senior goal.

With Town's system under Wagner only finding room for one striker for the majority of the minutes, it's a big positive to see players chipping in with goals from all over the pitch.

However, it wasn't a surprise to see Nahki Wells tap home his 10th goal of the season. The Bermudian is in fantastic form and is clearly enjoying his football.

His target at the start of the season was to reach 20 goals - and given we're only just over halfway and five of his strikes have come since Christmas Day, you wouldn't bet against him achieving it by May.

4. Town have found their set piece mojo


Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic. Sky Bet Championship. John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Mark Hudson heads in Town's first goal.

After recent problems with defending dead ball situations, it was good to see Town turn the screw at the other end.

Mark Hudson and Nahki Wells both made Charlton pay for conceding corners before half time and it's an important weapon to have in the locker - especially in tighter games than this one.

The second goal in particular, struck just minutes before the break, proved to be a killer blow and although Charlton came out of their collective shell a bit more after the interval the damage had already been long done.

While it is important to note that the Addicks had the joint-worst record at conceding from corners in the Championship at kick off, it was a good time for Town to remember how to take advantage - the other team with that unwanted statistic is Fulham, who Town welcome to the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

5. Hudson has the perfect answer to criticism

Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic. Sky Bet Championship. John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Mark Hudson celebrates Town's first goal.


There has been plenty said about the skipper in recent weeks, with most of it not complimentary.

Seen by many as the weakest of Town's central defenders, there were calls for him to be dropped for Martin Cranie or Elliott Ward - calls which reached a peak following the 4-2 defeat at Brentford just before Christmas.

However, against Reading Hudson proved exactly why Wagner values his on-pitch presence so highly, and he turned it up another notch against Charlton.

A rare and welcome goal set Town on their way while he was also extremely effective in his own penalty area in keeping the visitors at bay.

Replaced by Cranie late on, he got a great reception from the Town faithful who recognised his efforts to vindicate his manager's faith.