It was only their second goal in 1,000 minutes of league football, and was handed to them on a plate, but Norwich could not have cared less.
Let’s face it, when you have been on a 10-game losing streak, it really doesn’t matter how they come.
For the record, it was Huddersfield defender Richard Stearman who gift-wrapped their visit to another former Premier League club with three points, under-hitting a back-pass that was seized upon by Teemu Pukki and squared for Adam Idah to guide into an exposed net 10 minutes from the end of an opening-day Championship contest struggling to get out of pre-season mode.
Adam Idah scored late winner as Norwich made winning start to life back in the Championship
Stearman was arguably still groggy, having only just returned from lengthy treatment following a stray elbow in an aerial challenge with Todd Cantwell that might have resulted in a red rather than yellow card with the use of VAR.
Carlos Corberan, Huddersfield’s new coach, clearly thought so, as he hauled his veteran defender off immediately, with the celebrations from the away side yet to subside.
Until that point this had looked every inch a stalemate between two clubs starting afresh.
Norwich did not merely slip through the top-flight’s trap door last season, they ram-raided it, and came into this match devoid of confidence and with just a goal from Emiliano Buendia at Watford to show for their efforts since a 1-0 win over Leicester in February.
With the Argentine schemer Buendia suspended, and potentially destined for a move elsewhere before the transfer window shuts, Daniel Farke has drafted in other creative options.
Striker scored from close range in 81st minute after an awful mistake from Richard Stearman
But he did field eight of the XI that were hammered 5-0 by Manchester City on the final day of last season against a team in arguably greater transition under one of the division’s new coaches in Corberan, formerly right-hand man to Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds and taking a number one role at the age of 37.
Huddersfield’s last game here saw them preserve their Championship status with