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KEY ISSUES FOR TOWN ANALYSIS.

HERE, Town reporter STEVEN CHICKEN takes a look at key conclusions from the dismissal of Siewert...

|JAN SIEWERT WAS A DEAD MAN WALKING.For Jan Siewert to be dismissed less than an hour after the final whistle suggests that minds were already made up ahead of the game: if Town lose, he goes.

If reports from the national press are to be believed, Siewert was actually dismissed on Wednesday only to be given a reprieve before being sacked again after the game. We are slightly sceptical about that version of events, but there is no denying that the performance in Tuesday night's defeat to Lincoln was horrific enough that nobody was especially surprised when the club did confirm Siewert's termination.

|JUNINHO BACUNA NEEDS TO KEEP THINGS SIMPLE A player we lauded in the summer after some eye-catching performances towards the end of last season and during the pre-season friendlies, Bacuna has been utterly rotten so far this season: sloppy against Cardiff, lucky not to be sent off against QPR, uninspiring against Lincoln, and by far the worst player on the pitch against Fulham.

He deserves some credit for trying to provide a bit of spark in a much-tootentative side, but he needs to learn that simple but effective is much more valuable than flashy but inaccurate.

|FLORENT HADERGJONAJ IS GROWING MORE IMPORTANT IN ATTACK From a much-lauded player disappointing to a much-derided player stepping up.

Florent Hadergjonaj was Town's most dangerous outlet on Friday, and after we criticised his poor crossing against Derby, it's only fair that we point out what a good delivery that was for Grant to equalise.

Question marks remain over some of his defensive positioning, but we would say that more often than not the issue was his team-mates failing to cover his frequent forward forays.

|TOWN PLAYERS NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY Not in a 'it's their fault Siewert got sacked' way, but in a 'stop waiting for someone else to make something happen' way. It was encouraging to see a greater commitment to getting players into the box but, especially after they went behind for the second time, Town's players looked like they were all waiting for Lionel Messi's entrance music. They need to do it themselves.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2019
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