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Bristol City vs Huddersfield Town in focus

Both clubs still have plenty to play for

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Both Huddersfield Town and Bristol City are in a better position than the last time they met at Ashton Gate.

Back in April 2013, the Robins had been relegated while Town, who won 3-1, still had it all to do to stay in the Championship.

Survival was achieved via at 2-2 draw at home to Barnsley the week after, and Town finished 19th under Mark Robins.

Three years and two managers on, David Wagner’s Town are 16th and sure of second-tier football next season.

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So are 20th-placed Bristol, last season’s League I champions under Steve Cotterill, now replaced by Lee Johnson, whose home has undergone a transformation over the last couple of years and will be a 27,000- capacity stadium.

Both Wagner, 44, and former Oldham Athletic and Barnsley manager Johnson, 10 years younger and an ex-Bristol City player, are among the new breed of bosses.

They are bringing different methods, both on and off the pitch, and trying to push their clubs forward on less money than many rivals.

Both in West Yorkshire and the West Country, fans are talking about new signings and the prospects for 2016-17.

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But neither Wagner nor Johnson will want the current campaign to peter out, with six points still to play for.

Town are unbeaten in four and obviously seeking a maximum haul from their Bristol trip and home clash with Brentford.

Bristol, two points behind, are chasing a first win in four ahead of a final-day visit to Queens Park Rangers on May 7.

They are also seeking a third double to go with those against Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.

Eighteen-goal top scorer Jonathan Kodjia and defender Aden Flint were on target in the 2-1 win at the John Smith’s Stadium in December.

Harry Bunn got Town’s late goal after Emyr Huws missed a penalty and the chance to make it 1-1.

Centre-back Flint is a big doubt because of a knee injury (right-back Adam Matthews is out with a hamstring problem and midfielder Korey Smith suspended).

And the supporters are wondering whether Johnson might turn to highly-rated teenagers Zak Vyner and Joe Morrell.

Town fans will want to see whether Nahki Wells can add to his 18-goal target as Town chase a seventh away victory.


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