It’s been on the cards for months but Huddersfield saw their relegation from the Premier League confirmed with six games left to play after a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace sealed their fate on Saturday afternoon.
Only Derby County and Ipswich have ever been relegated this early in a Premier League campaign. However, while Jan Siewert’s side have only amassed a meagre 14 points from 32 outings so far, they still have three more points than Derby’s risible record low (11) set in 2007/08.
So that’s something.
The Terriers lost out to a couple of late goals from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt at Selhurst Park to leave them 19 points adrift of safety with 18 left to play for.
Crystal Palace have now relegated 3 teams (Hull, Stoke & Huddersfield) from the Premier League in the last 3 seasons.
Patrick van Aanholt has scored the final goal in all 3 of those games.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) 30 March 2019
All hail Patrick the Dream Killer.
They have been bottom of the table since Boxing Day and have only collected a further three points since David Wagner departed in January. Under Siewert, Huddersfield have scored just five goals – and three of them came in a 4-3 defeat to West Ham earlier this month.
Let’s face it: it was coming. They gave it a good old heave-ho, remained competitive and even played some nice stuff at times, but Siewert’s mob just didn’t have enough in the way of basic firepower to extend their stay in the land of milk and honey for a third season.
Sadly now, the Championship morass awaits.