HUDDERSFIELD fans showed class and applauded Terriers players even though they failed to delay relegation in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
Jan Siewert’s men have joined Derby County as the quickest Premier League side to confirm the drop – having six games of the season left to play.
Huddersfield fought hard to hold off the inevitable at Selhurst Park, but Luka Milivojevic’s second-half penalty felt like the final blow for the Terriers.
And as relegation rivals Southampton and Burnley secured their wins on Saturday, Patrick van Aanholt’s late strike then sealed their fate.
Jan Siewert’s players were seemingly distressed by the result as they dropped their heads after referee Lee Probert blew the whistle, making the drop official.
But Huddersfield fans stepped up and showed support for their pupils, giving them a standing ovation from the away end.
Siewert’s strugglers then reciprocated, clapping their supporters with the German coach leading the tributes.
And Palace ace Van Aanholt saluted the Terriers faithful after the game.
He wrote on Twitter: “Best wishes to Huddersfield and fans as well, it’s tough and not nice to see but you support your club well.”
Siewert also comforted his players further in the post-match interview.
He told BBC Sport: “When you go into the dressing room at half time and get applause from the opponent you must have done something right.
“For me in life there is failure and success and it belongs together, as a club we have to learn from the failures.
“The performance proved it in a way, we’ve got to go through all the details and come back strong.”
Huddersfield crashed down to the Championship in a record-equalling fashion, joining Derby as the quickest side to do so.
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Just as the Terriers, the Rams confirmed their fate after 32 Premier League games in 2008.
However, Siewert’s men will not go down as the worst side in the Prem history.
Derby managed to collect just 11 points during that ill-fated season, whereas Huddersfield have already copped 14.