Match Preview | Huddersfield Town vs. Cardiff City
OPPOSITION FOCUS | IN THE DUGOUT
Huddersfield Town’s manager is Darren Moore, who was appointed in September following the departure of previous boss Neil Warnock.
Operating as a centre-back during his playing days, Moore had a respected career in the EFL, representing the likes of Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County and Barnsley.
In April 2018, West Bromwich Albion parted company with manager Alan Pardew, as Moore was named caretaker manager, making him the first ever Jamaican to manager in the Premier League.
Having impressed during his spell in caretaker charge, Moore was named permanent head coach, leading the team to fourth in the table with ten games to go, prior to his surprise sacking.
Going on to manage Doncaster Rovers between 2019 and 2021, Moore won 35 of his 78 games in charge, with a win percentage of 44.9%.
Appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday in 2021, Moore led the Owls to the Play-Offs in his first season, before winning the Play-Offs in his second campaign in some style.
The side lost the first leg 4-0 to Peterborough United, only to complete a fantastic comeback in the second leg to draw the tie 5-5, going on to win in a penalty shootout.
In the Play-Off Final, Moore led Wednesday to a 1-0 win over Barnsley to earn promotion to the Championship.
Since taking over at Huddersfield Town, the Terriers boss has won one from his opening five games.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | SEASON SO FAR
Huddersfield Town have had a disappointing start to the campaign, currently sitting 18th in the table.
The Terriers have recorded three wins, five draws and four defeats from their opening 12 fixtures.
At the John Smith’s Stadium, the side have won two of their opening six home matches, a record which is ranked 19th in the division.
Last time out, Moore’s men faced Queens Park Rangers in a home fixture, which ended in a 2-1 win.
OPPOSITION FOCUS | KEY PLAYER
Huddersfield Town midfielder Jack Rudoni is highly rated by the Terriers, having made an impression since joining in 2022.
Prior to making the move to the John Smith’s Stadium, Rudoni spent three years playing at senior level for AFC Wimbledon, where he was named the Club’s Player of the Year in his final campaign.
At 22 years of age, the midfielder gained a wealth of Championship experience last season, making 41 league appearances and scoring twice.
So far this campaign, Rudoni has featured on 12 occasions, scoring three times, with his goals coming against Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and against Queens Park Rangers this past weekend.
CITY FLASHBACK | CLINICAL CITY DEFEAT TERRIERS
The Bluebirds travelled to the John Smith’s Stadium looking to stretch a five-game unbeaten run under Neil Harris.
City earned all three points with a fine performance, taking the lead through Josh Murphy, who beat the offside trap and chipped the ball over Jonas Lossl.
Will Vaulks then doubled the Bluebirds’ lead, volleying home from a corner, with Callum Paterson adding City’s third.
Victory meant that the Bluebirds had suffered just one defeat in 11 Championship fixtures, a run which contributed to a Play-Off finish at the end of the campaign.