There were encouraging signs aplenty for Aaron Mooy and Huddersfield Town despite a 2-1 defeat to Derby County in Tuesday morning’s (AEST) Championship opener.
Two goals in the space of three first half minutes from Derby midfielder Tom Lawrence did the damage for the Terriers, for whom Caltex Socceroos star Mooy played 90 minutes and pulled the strings in midfield.
Deployed by Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert on the left of a midfield three, Mooy was integral in helping launch a valiant fightback after English striker Karlan Grant had reduced the deficit in the 30th minute.
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Mooy had more touches than any other player on the field (91) and made two key passes, and also went within inches of scoring a brilliant equaliser with a fierce drive just shy of the hour mark.
Next up for Mooy and Huddersfield is a trip to Loftus Road this Sunday (12:00am AEST kick off) to face Queens Park Rangers star and Caltex Socceroo teammate Massimo Luongo.
Elsewhere, Mustafa Amini played 90 minutes and was joined in midfield late in the match by Australian teammate Zach Duncan, as AGF lost 2-1 to Lyngby in the Danish Superliga.