Unlike racing, Town’s concern was to rack up more points on the board when he “goes to bat” first against several of his top six rivals this weekend.
They did exactly that with ease and said ‘I’ll pass you’ to several of their competitors in the process.
After a wonderful winter, in which Town recorded an unbeaten run of 17 games dating back to the end of November, the spring started on a lively note by virtue of two goals in the first seven minutes to effectively end this match.
A 72nd-minute header from Tom Lees, on his way to scoring two goals for the first time in his long career, added to the overwhelming positivity in a season that has the potential to be special.
Lees’ second came moments after January signing Tino Anjorin made his Town debut. More good vibes.
What a week it has been for the club, with Dean Hoyle back at the helm and a possible FA Cup tie with Liverpool on the horizon if they unload Nottingham Forest.
Better times may come in May after a night in which Huddersfield fans cheekily chanted “Going Up, Going Down” to their Peterborough counterparts, whose team broke the hearts of Town in the Champions League play-off final. League One at Old Trafford in 2011, with Grant McCann captaining it.
On his night, there was a chasm in the class between both sides. Will they be heading in different directions at the end of the season? There is certainly a good opportunity.
The omens were not good for Peterborough ahead of the game against a Town who rested very well in the middle of the week, while Posh expended a great deal of energy against the Manchester City giants.
That was reinforced when illness forced a late change to their starting line-up with Steven Benda replaced in goal by David Cornell.
Against a team in such good form and given the fact that bottom-placed Posh had lost 15 of their 17 away games this term, it was arguably the last thing newly appointed manager McCann wanted.
Beaten convincingly in his last two visits to Town with Hull City, this was another tough night, with two early concessions painting a bleak picture. He had the makings of a long night and so it turned out.
Huddersfield picked up where they left off with two late goals in their dramatic finish against Cardiff last time out.
It was a half when they seemed able to fill their boots every time they attacked.
The opener drew attention. Ollie Turton’s shot was stopped by Cornell and Lewis O’Brien’s shot was blocked.
Danel Sinani quickly picked up the loose ball and headed home a peach curler.
After seven minutes there were two, when Sinani became a creator with his corner headed to the near post by Lees.
It was a mid when it looked like a side that was high on the table was up against one that was shoring up the divisions.
The Championship may be full of surprises, but there were none here in a half when Posh was forced to make a tactical change in midfield as Kwame Poku, who spurned the visitors’ only real chance, was replaced.
Turton saw his deflected shot hit the bar and Duane Holmes deflected a deflected shot into the middle as Town showed what they are. A team that is very well trained, where the players know their job and enjoy the journey.
Sorba Thomas, on acres of space, closed in on a third with a low volley on the restart as Ward fired past Cornell and Turton headed in.
At the other extreme, Posh’s efforts were quite symbolic.
The hosts managed the game well, as is their style more and more, and despite not increasing their chances, it was an easy night.
For Lees, one of the best in this excellent Town team, it was a historic night and a rare moment in the goalscoring sun as he latched onto Toffolo’s header to score the second from an Eiting corner.
Huddersfield Town: Nicholls; Turton, Pearson, Lees, Toffolo; Russell, Sinani (Eiting 60), O’Brien (Rhodes 77); Thomas, D Ward, Holmes (Anjorin 71). Unused Subs: Blackman, Pipa, Hogg, Sarr.
Peterborough United: Cornell; Knight, Edwards, Beevers; Ward, J. Fuchs, Grant (Marriott 45), Coulson; Poku (Norburn 26), Szmodics; Jones (Clarke-Harris 68). Unused substitutes: Burrows, Morton, Mumba.
Referee: D Bond (Lancashire).
Attendance: 16,023 (326 Peterborough fans).
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