David Wagner says self-belief is the key as Huddersfield Town target victory at Derby County.

The head coach is seeking a positive response to the 1-0 home Championship defeat by Ipswich Town.

That was a first loss in four for 17th-placed Town, who have home games against Reading on Tuesday and Burnley next Saturday.

Promotion-chasing Derby are fifth and also aiming to bounce back after defeat, 2-1 away to Wolves.

Before that they beat Brentford and Blackburn Rovers, suggesting a revival under Darren Wassall, who replaced Paul Clement last month.

Sky Bet Championship - MK Dons (1) v Huddersfield Town (1) - David Wagner applauds the fans.

“It will be a tough game as Derby are one of the best teams in the Championship,” said the Town team chief.

“They are a football-playing team. It isn’t a typical British style. They try to play on the pitch,

“However, we are sportsmen and as a sportsman you like to have a challenge against the best in the competition!

“It’s a great situation for us to play against a good team away.

“We have to make sure we don’t offer them the spaces on the pitch; that we keep it tight.

“We have to be real terriers in defence because I think we are always able to create something of our own in the offensive areas.

“It will be important that we make sure they don’t enjoy playing against us.

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“Derby have big ambitions this season and that brings pressure.

“We have to make sure it’s very uncomfortable for them against us.

“We will stick to our philosophy and trust in ourselves.

“We must keep trusting and believing in ourselves and try to play our style.”

It’s a 19th league game under Wagner, who has chalked up seven wins and three draws.

“We are still in a situation and period where we know each other better day-to-day,” added Wagner.

“We have not been together for two and half years, when I can close my eyes and know exactly how a player will react or how the group will react.”

Town will be missing centre-back Joel Lynch against Derby because of the hamstring niggle he picked up against Ipswich.

But Wagner is hopeful the 28-year-old will be available against Reading.

“He played and trained a lot and his body needed a break,” said Wagner, who has lost midfielder Jonathan Hogg to a damaged knee.

“We didn’t want to risk a bigger injury, so we took Joel out of training and he’s worked individually, gym-based.

“He will be reviewed over the weekend and we will see about Tuesday.”

Wideman Sean Scannell has been back in training for a week after a knee injury.

And midfielder Emyr Huws is due to start training next week after recovering from an ankle problem.

Wagner will hand a late test of forward Joe Lolley, who missed the Ipswich game with a calf injury.

Midfielder Phil Billing will be available for the visit of Burnley after serving a three-match suspension for his red card in the draw at MK Dons.