We've all had those kind of days.
The alarm goes off late and when it does, it meekly wafts 'Wired for Sound' in your general direction. Owing to a broken boiler, there's no hot water. No matter how much you attack and stand on the toothpaste, none remains - it refuses to yield.The car window is iced up and you set off with only a minuscule patch of clear window visible. You clip the wing mirror. You forget your to take your pack-up. You finally get home only to stand on a discarded piece of Lego.
That was Nottingham Forest.
There are other days.
The sun bursts through the window making pretty patterns though the gaps in the top of the curtains. The alarm trills 'Hello Sunshine' to you. You shower is spring fresh water with a hint of lemon and jasmine. You have time to brush your teeth, gargle and floss. The car seat is warm and snug. The tank is full of petrol. You knock off early from work in time for the opening game of the World Cup.
That was Huddersfield Town.
Huddersfield manager, David Wagner had every right to be pleased:
In the second half in particular, this was one of the best performances we have seen since I have been here. All around, we deserved the win and it was a good day for us.
In the second half, we did not have to dictate the game, we only had to defend and use our speed to counter-attack. We beat Nottingham Forest with their own weapon, because that is what they like to do.
Under Wagner, the Terriers have, by all accounts, been performing like this for a while now but have failed to convert their chances. Even if Matt Mills hadn't slid the ball into his own net, it would have been converted anyway by Nahki Wells. As for the second goal close to full time, you don't save those - not even Dorus de Vries.
In truth, alarm bells were ringing from the very start as the away team hustled, bustled, won the ball, kept it and broke with speed. With Gary Gardner, Robert Tesche and David Vaugan in the middle of the park, support to Nelson Oliveira was not always forthcoming, especially with Vaughan seemingly stationed just in front of the central defenders. Neat and tidy Gardner and Tesche may be but likely to burst through beyond the last defender, they ain't.
It seems that Forest rocked up to the game with a brand new cartridge pen, all ready to show off and impress. Sadly, it just splodged all over the paper, leaking everywhere. Matt Mills told BBC Radio Nottingham:
When you try and press the ball in the wrong areas you can be picked off by anyone. Really disappointing.
Whatever it was that the players and manager were trying to achieve, it wasn't executed very well.
Performances like this at home are the reason why there remain pockets of doubt amongst some fans regarding Freedman's managerial ability. This was a very passive performance which, allied to the concession of an early goal, left the team mooching around as if a big lad had waded into the playground and hoofed their ball into the neighbouring gardens.
The unbeaten run was largely built on a fierce determination not to concede while relying on counter-attacks to steal or goal - two with a little luck and three if Forest were facing desperately poor opposition. In an era when such tactics are all the vogue and more importantly, are yielding points, there can be few complaints. Yet when it doesn't come off and the opposition out-Forest Forest...crumbs, it's akin to watching a face-hugging alien suck the life from a fish out of water.
Freedman continues to learn though and admitted as much:
Today we tried to do something a little but different and I've also got to take the blame of that as well.
Nonetheless, a small amount of satisfaction could be derived from seeing a defence sporting the exact numbers that they should. The right back at number 2, left back at number 3, central defenders with 4 and 5 and goalkeeper with a number 1 on his back. Have a bit of THAT modern football. The game's not gone after all.
It was also pleasing to finally realise exactly who it is that David Vaughan's running and tackling style are reminiscent of: step forward Ian Bowyer. (Younger ones, ask the parents or indeed, tune in to BT Sport on Tuesday evening).
Finally, breath easy again. Worry no more about what one-time young Forest protege Spencer Weir-Daley is up to these days. He appears to be on a quest to replicate the career of Jason Lee (footballer, not actor) by appearing for as many East of England football clubs as humanly possible. He can now tick off Kettering Town after opening his account on his debut for the Poppies against Chippenham Town with, by all accounts, a "stunning goal". Good for him.
With no fixture next Saturday due to Hull City's rather selfish continuing involvement in the FA Cup, it's going to be a frustrating wait until the next game: Burnley away, for which travel is provided free of charge. Kettering Town are at home to Dunstable Town next Saturday.
See you there for a Spencer Weir-Daley hat-trick.