Barnsley were stunned by a stoppage-time Jonathan Hogg winner at Huddersfield, but overall manager Paul Heckingbottom is content with the way his team have begun the new Championship campaign.
Two ins and two defeats in their opening four games sees the Reds comfortably in ninth position.
“Definitely,” said Heckingbottom, asked whether he’s satisfied with the club’s start. “Everyone should be, and probably should be even more satisfied with the performances we’ve seen.
“No team has done us over yet, and all the teams we’ve played will know that they’ve been in a right game.
“That’s what we’ve been asking of the players. You can never go out with a whimper. The lads know they have to give their very best because Tommy and I will be pushing them every bit of the way.
“That’s what we want to continue to do, then there will never be any regrets.”
The Reds, unchanged for the third straight match and hoping to build on back-to-back home wins against Derby and QPR, were one down at the interval at the John Smith’s Stadium thanks to Chris Lowe’s sweetly-taken first senior goal.
The Reds hit back to level 75 seconds into the second period as Alfie Mawson headed home Marc Roberts’ long throw-in, but after sub Stefan Payne had struck a post in the 80th minute, Hogg won the game with a side-footed effort two minutes into stoppage time.
persist with long throws
They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the Reds’ long throw-ins from Marc Roberts are effective.
They are a dangerous weapon and the Reds profited from one as Alfie Mawson headed an equaliser to drag his side right back into contention.
It had been a largely disappointing first-half effort from Heckingbottom’s side, but once Roberts’ throw was launched deep into the Town danger area and Mawson bagged, the whole dynamic of the game changed.
Buoyed by their goal, the Reds found a confidence-building spring in their step and almost scored again minutes later.
Their goal ultimately went unrewarded thanks to Hogg’s late, late winner but the Reds should persist with their long throw-ins.
‘Play to your strengths’ don’t they say? In this case perseverance is perhaps the key - long throw-ins will lead to goals which could prove absolutely invaluable as the Championship campaign progresses.
goal machine sam missed
The Reds were unlucky not to take at least a point on their travels. When Hogg pounced with seconds to go it will have been a gut-wrenching feeling for players and staff.
However, they can’t complain that they hadn’t had enough chances to score more than the one Alfie Mawson registered.
The front-men at Huddersfield - Marley Watkins and Tom Bradshaw, and latterly substitute Stefan Payne - disappointed overall, and many supporters will be missing the injured Sam Winnall.
A scorer of 24 goals last term as the Reds stormed to double glory, his guile and clinical efficiency in front of goal have been missed since he limped off at Ipswich after only five minutes.
Many will have hoped Bradshaw would add sparkle and just something different to the Reds’ attack, but for whatever reason it just isn’t happening at the higher level for the former Walsall hit-man yet.
Until Winnall is fit again, the Reds’ management team may feel they need to persevere with Bradshaw, but will Stefan Payne get an opportunity next weekend, if Winnall is still out?
Payne looked a handful after replacing Bradshaw at half-time at Huddersfield, but even he didn’t necessarily help himself when missing a golden one-on-one chance shortly before the Terriers struck their winner.
Winnall returned to training on Friday and could return for Saturday’s game against Rotherham.
Adam Davies 7
Once again came to the rescue on a couple of occasions. Totally dependable ‘keeper.
James Bree 6
Ran out of steam towards the end and was replaced. Tireless effort, though.
Marc Roberts 7
Stood up well again to the Huddersfield forward threat. Scarcely put a foot wrong.
Alfie Mawson 7
Looked solid once again alongside Roberts. Scored another good goal.
Aidy White 6
Didn’t really get himself down the left flank as often as Heckingbottom would have liked.
Ryan Kent 7
Looked dangerous, but missed a couple of terrific chances. Too wasteful in this game.
Josh Scowen 6
Not quite as effective as he has been in recent matches. Needs to up his game again.
Conor Hourihane 8
Was at the heart of Barnsley’s best work. Looking every inch a top class Championship midfielder so far this term.
Adam Hammill 5
Didn’t impose himself nearly enough as he returned to his former club. Disappointing.
Marley Watkins 6
Had a few sniffs throughout the 90 minutes, but didn’t really test Ward.
Tom Bradshaw 4
For whatever reason, seems to finding the Championship tough so far. Hauled off at the interval.
Stefan Payne 7
For Bradshaw, 46: Looked a threat up front, but ought to have buried his late gilt-edged opportunity.
Sessi D’Almeida 6
For Kent, 66: Looks to have genuine potential, but didn’t really show it here.
Andy Yiadom 6
For Bree, 77: Didn’t really get enough of a chance to impress late on.
Subs not used
Nick Townsend, Angus MacDonald, George Moncur, Elliot Lee.
Huddersfield Town: Danny Ward 7, Tommy Smith 6, Mark Hudson 6, Chris Schindler 6, Chris Lowe 8, Dean Whitehead 5, Aaron Mooy 8 (Jonathan Hogg 56, 7), Sean Scannell 5 (Kasey Palmer 56, 6), Nahki Wells 7 (Harry Bunn 76, 5), Rajiv Van la Parra 8, Elias Kachunga 7. Subs not used: Joel Coleman, Martin Cranie, Jack Payne, Michael Hefele.
Goals: Lowe, 22 mins, Hogg 90; for Huddersfield; Mawson, 47, for Barnsley
Referee: Chris Kavanagh 7 (Lancashire).