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Huddersfield Town news RECAP: Reading FC hold press conference ahead of Town clash

All the latest Huddersfield Town news, views and gossip as Town look to build on their incredible start to the Championship season

Welcome to the Huddersfield Town live blog with all the latest news, views and transfer round-ups for Wednesday, September 21.

Town were back to winning ways on Saturday, beating QPR 2-1 at the John Smith's Stadium, and now have a break in midweek as some of their Championship rivals take part in the third round of the EFL Cup.

David Wagner's side are back in action on Saturday at Reading and here we'll bring you all the build-up to the weekend as well as any other Town news as it breaks.

We also want to hear from you. If you have any opinion on a matter we discuss in the blog or anything Huddersfield Town related, please tweet us at @ExaminerHTAFC with your views and they could be featured and discussed.

Catch up on all the latest Town news with Doug Thomson, Mel Booth, Blake Welton and Rory Benson.

Tonight's action

Here’s what you have to look forward to tonight.

In my acca I’ve got...

Fulham v Bristol City: Away win

Nothampton v Man United: Away win

QPR v Sunderland: QPR

Southampton v Palace: Draw

Stoke v Hull: Draw

Swansea v Man City: Away win

Tottenham v Gillingham: Home win

West Ham v Accrington: Home win

Young Player of the Month

Who do we reckon will win it for August? I’m going for Tammy Abraham.

Reading away according to Opta

Here’s what Opta is saying about the Reading match this weekend:

  • The Royals are without a win against Huddersfield in the last five league games (D2 L3), with their last home victory coming in August 2001.
  • Indeed, the Terriers have racked up 11 goals in five league games against Reading, scoring two or more in each of the last four meetings.
  • The Royals are averaging the highest possession percentage in the division so far this season (63%).
  • 19 points in their opening eight games is Huddersfield’s best points tally at this stage in their entire history; their previous best was 17 points in 1994/95, a season they won promotion to the second tier under Neil Warnock.
  • Reading are one of three sides to have received two Championship red cards so far this season along with Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, and had Garath McCleary sent off in their most recent game against Barnsley.
  • Only Fulham’s Kevin McDonald (587) has attempted more passes than the Terriers’ Aaron Mooy (586) in the Championship this season.

Dean Whitehead

Good interview from Dean Whitehead here.

Here’s a little snippet:

I don’t think anybody outside the club expected us to make the start we have.

But as players and staff we are all together and we realised we had a good chance from the outset. It’s no surprise to us.

Ultimately we don’t really care what people say about us outside the club.

Paul McShane

Let’s hope he’s skipping training for this...

Fireworks

We’ve seen plenty of fireworks on the pitch already...

Have a read of this from the Huddersfield Town’s Supporters Association’s James Chisem about how the club are bucking the trend in modern football.

Here’s a snippet:

The challenge, as ever, is to balance the old with the new, the extraordinary with the necessary, and the interests of clubs and supporters with the interests of sponsors and businesses. No mean feat, right?

Well, I think that Town have done an outstanding job on all three fronts. The club and its commercial partners seem to be pulling in the same direction, united around a common purpose and sense of community spirit.

FIFA 08

What a side...

EURO 2020 cities

Waht do we make of the new EURO format?

Manchester United training

Has Jose Mourinho lost the plot?

Blackburn signing

Town play Rovers on December 3 and New Year’s Eve.

McShane on Town

Huddersfield is going to be another difficult game.

We’re going to keep doing what we have been. I feel we can get better and better.

McShane on atmosphere at Reading

Sounds like Town, this.

There are good signs. People are feeling good and in high spirits.

The work we have done in pre-season and on the training pitch have been good. We are prepared for everything.

There is no excuse for downfall on a Saturday because we are prepared.

Everyone is buying into it.

Beerens on atmosphere at Reading

There is a good spirit in the dressing room.

The last couple of games we have won - it’s a good feeling.

There is a confidence with us at how we want to play and the style we want to play.

Beerens on goalscoring

I think I am doing well. But of course I need to score more goals.

The style we play it is nice to play on the wing. Both for me and G.

Roy Beerens on Huddersfield Town

We have 11 new players - we came here to be successful.

We are confident and will fight to win every game.

Huddersfield have 19 points already. They are a decent team - we will have to play very well to beat them.

Reading press conference

The Royals have just held their press conference ahead of the game against Huddersfield Town this weekend.

We’ll bring you all the quotes as they come through here.

EURO 2020

Some pictures from the launch of EURO 2020 in London today.

Euro 2020 Beer

I know it’s a long way off but there’s been a bit of research as to the price of beer in each of the host cities - and London isn’t even the priciest!

Fans after a cut-price-pint might want to head to Budapest in Hungary as at £1.11 a pint, the Hungarian capital has the cheapest beer of any Euro 2020 host city according to data taken from pintprice.com

Bucharest, Romania, has the next cheapest beer at £1.30 a pint while Copenhagen is the most expensive at a whopping £5.08 a pint.
Dublin has the next most expensive beer at £4.41 a pint followed by Rome (£4.24) and London (£3.90).

Looks like I’m off to Hungary then!

England to win Euro 2020?

As the tournament is launched in London today, FA chief executive Martin Glenn has apparently set England the target of winning the Henri Delaunay trophy in four years time....

No pressure there then, Sam!

Hitting The Gym

Looks like Elias Kachunga has been working hard preparing for Reading on Saturday - he looks chilled and ready as he tweets a picture from PPG Canalside.

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish

The Aston Villa midfielder has done it again.

This time he’s had a party until 7.45am, keeping guests awake in a Birmingham hotel and inhaling laughing gas - again.

Here’s what the Daily Mail revealed about the incident today.

The Aston Villa midfielder, 20, infuriated guests at a Birmingham hotel with a raucous early-hours party after his club’s 0-0 draw with Ipswich Town on Saturday.

A source told Sportsmail that Grealish and his friends woke up stunned hotel residents with an unruly bash in their room that featured balloons containing nitrous oxide.

Sources close to Grealish, who had to apologise to then Villa manager Tim Sherwood in 2015 after pictures emerged of him inhaling from balloons, admit the balloons were present at the party but they deny that Grealish inhaled from them.

Some stunned guests sought refunds from the hotel after being kept awake long into the early hours. One source said: ‘The noise was incredible. There were huge numbers of people inside the room and it was lawless. The other guests had no chance of getting any sleep.’

It's always tight for Town

Interesting reading for Town fans.

Terrace talk

Fancy having your two cents on Huddersfield Town in the Examiner?

Well now’s your chance.

We’re starting a ‘Terrace Talk’ column written by the fans, for the fans and you could be one of the writers.

Here’s how to get involved.

Laurie Cunningham

A true legend of the game.

Joey Barton

Joey Barton for Town?
Joey Barton for Town?

So it looks like Joey Barton will be leaving Rangers after being suspended for three weeks after a training ground bust-up and being investigated for betting activity.

But we want to know if you’d take the former Manchester City midfielder at Town.

Barton may not fit into David Wagner’s system, but he’s been promoted three times - with Newcastle, QPR and Burnley - and would be available on a short-term contract.

So, what do you think?

Poll loading …

Matt Crooks

The former Town man is back in action for Rangers following an ankle injury.

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