Hats off to David Wagner and his staff for coming up with the gameplan which brought a fine victory at a packed St James’ Park.
And well done to his players for carrying it out and providing one of Huddersfield Town’s most memorable wins in years.
As Newcastle United left the pitch to boos following their second defeat in as many Championship games, the visitors celebrated in front of more than 3,000 joyous travelling supporters after making it six points from six, equalling the best start to a league campaign since 2007/08, when Andy Ritchie oversaw third-tier wins over Yeovil Town (home) and Bournemouth (away).
There’s a notable togetherness about Town at the moment.
Fans will accept some failings if they see some honest, hard graft from their favourites.
Wagner’s side are producing it in spadefuls, and they also have a decent measure of grit, character and self-belief.
That’s twice they have stayed strong after conceding equalisers to respond with winners.
Both against Newcastle (Jack Payne on 82 minutes) and Brentford (Kasey Palmer on 79) those winners have come from substitutes, underlining Wagner’s message that players left out of the starting XI are as important as those who make it.
The head coach tweaked both team and tactics as Town went into a game which drew a gate of 52,079, the biggest ever at a second-tier match involving Town.
He handed a first appearance of the season to Nahki Wells, fit again after a knee injury, at the expense of Payne.
And after the League Cup exit at Shrewsbury Town, in came Tommy Smith, Mark Hudson and Joe Lolley for Martin Cranie, Jon Gorenc Stankovic and Sean Scannell.
The selection blew apart the understandable theory that Wagner wouldn’t select strikers Wells and Kachunga in the same side.
Going forward, it was Wagner’s usual 4-2-3-1 formation.
But when Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle were in possession, which they often were (65% over the game as a whole according to the stats), Town went more 4-4-2 as Germany got the better of Spain in the battle of the bosses.
Wells was the other Town player to make the scoresheet, and his strike in first-half stoppage time certainly won’t do anything to lessen speculation over interest from rival Championship clubs.
But it was a real all-round team effort which secured the spoils in the North-East sunshine.
Newcastle, who fluffed a series of opportunities, looked at their most dangerous when Jonjo Shelvey was on the ball.
But Town did a great job in shackling the former Swansea City man.
And while Wagner admitted there were a few moments when Town got the rub of the green, there was an element of good fortune about Newcastle’s goal on the hour.
Danny Ward blocked Dwight Gayle’s penalty (awarded for handball by Mark Hudson) but the ball looped up nicely for the ex-Crystal Palace player to nod home the rebound.
It couldn’t derail Town, however!