A win is a win, no matter how they come.
An away win should be treasured even more so, and this victory, while not the prettiest, means we stay on the coattails of the top four.
With United winning, we needed to match that, and we got the goods thanks to what used to be a perceived weakness for us - first half goals.
They were delivered by Alex Iwobi and the man in form, Alexandre Lacazette. Both goals gave us another rarity, a first half lead, and it was one we tried hard to relinquish.
We didn’t really click like we have at times this season. We had the lion's share of possession, but even with the returning Henrikh Mkhitaryan, we struggled to truly hurt the home side’s backline.
is true that the Terriers looked a formidable outfit despite their lowly position, and new boss Jan Siewert has obviously started his work at the back. It worked wonders as time and again we crashed upon the firm double bank of four that was set up outside their box.
Once again, there was no Mesut Ozil - this time it was illness that did it for the German. This seemed to be true as well, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also struck off with the same reason. If we take into account that these players are finely-tuned athletes and a cold could knock them out, then it also adds credence.
Regardless, we changed our formation and went back to five at the back, and thankfully we had Ainsley Maitland-Niles back to shore us up on the right. Nacho Monreal was part of a central three, with Sead Kolasinac on the left.
This meant Matteo Guendouzi was in the centre with Lucas Torreira, and Iwobi was backing up Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose job it was to supply Lacazette with what he needs.
Huddersfield made the better start, but we had the first chance with Iwobi shooting into the side netting. Maitland-Niles was getting down the right well, and even though Diakhaby was threatening us on our right, we had viable outlets.
We started to wrestle possession away from the home team, and on fifteen minutes, we had the lead.
Kolasinac, who was also looking dangerous, put in an accurate cross for Iwobi. The Nigerian volleyed first time and the ball deflected off Kongolo and wrongfooted stand-in keeper Ben Hamer.
We didn’t stop there either as five minutes later, Laca and Mkhitaryan combined well, only for the Armenian to play the wrong ball.
We kept the ball well thereafter, and kept Huddersfield at arms length, which was fundamental to our hopes of the points. Diakhaby was still looking tasty, but our backline was shutting them out just fine.
Maitland-Niles was just as dangerous if not more so, and on the 39th minute, we should have been two up. It was AMN himself who set it up, but Mkhitaryan couldn’t put it past Hamer.
Then, we had the priceless second goal, just before half time, and it was AMN again. His pace sent him clear and he squared across the box for Lacazette to finish from close range.
The second half began just like the first, with Huddersfield on top, but Leno was equal to anything they threw at him. Ten minutes into the half, we made our first change, and it was a surprising one - with Torreira coming off for Mohamed Elneny.
The Terriers were on top, and they hit the bar from an Erik Durm cross after a deflection, and from the resulting corner, Diakhaby sent the ball just wide.
We were living dangerously.
wobi then had a chance to kill the game off, but he shot wide. We just couldn’t put Huddersfield to bed, and Emery made a change, with Suarez coming on for Mkhitaryan. It didn’t change proceedings as the Terriers were still threatening, and next to go close was Depoitre, who fired just wide after beating Leno.
The home side continued to push, and Monreal came to the rescue in the 85th minute, clearing off the line. We couldn’t guarantee the points, even with mere minutes to play, and we were made to sweat even more when an effort from Diakhabe was deflected by Kolasinac into the net.
There was time for one more chance, and it was Bacuna who had it, but his shot was well saved by Leno, and we managed to squeeze home the points.
It was a pity about the clean sheet, but away wins are hard to come by, and we need to build on this.
Three points in the bag, and a point off the top four.