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Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner looks ahead to Leeds United clash and tells players: Be brave

Town are six points above the Championship drop zone as they prepare for Elland Road

David Wagner says

bravery is the key as Huddersfield Town push for Championship safety.

The head coach felt that particular quality was missing during the first half of the 3-1 home defeat by leaders Burnley which left his 18th-placed side just six points above the drop zone.

Wagner, who criticised Town’s defending of set-pieces, says there’s no way he will abandon his full-throttle system, which includes persistent passing from the back.

And he insists that a braver approach - which he says his 18th-placed side produced in the second half - will pay dividends.

Trailing to goals by Stephen Ward and Sam Vokes, Town pulled one back through Joe Lolley only for Ben Mee to strike in first-half stoppage time.

Both Ward and Mee notched from corners, and Wagner, starting the build-up to Saturday’s crunch derby at Leeds United, said: “We weren’t brave enough in the first half.

“We conceded two goals to set-pieces with mistakes, and these goals were too easy, especially the third.

“This was hard for us, particularly after positive momentum when we scored.

“At half-time I said okay, we can lose this game, but we have to show we learned from the first half.

“I said show we are brave, stay in our identity and play our style of football.

“We did this and had some good chances to score. We were able to put pressure on a very good team.”

On his favoured system, Wagner said: “We won’t change it.

“Our identity depends on us not our opponent.

“There is no problem with our identity, but as I said, you have to be brave enough.

“We have shown we can create chances (with our system) and we did it in the second half.

“If we keep going we will win games. I am totally relaxed about this.”

Leeds are five points better off than Town after gaining a third successive victory, 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers.

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