Town manager David Wagner has this morning revealed why Town may well stay in the Premier league this season ... the team’s amazing mental strength.
Speaking on Sky Sports he gave an insight into what is going through his mind as the Terriers approach a hectic spate of Christmas fixtures 11th in the table.
He revealed that even though Town have had a bad run away from home – not scoring at all since the opening day at Crystal Palace before they thumped Watford 4-1 away yesterday – he said the team simply puts previous games behind them and moves on to the next one without even heavy defeats affecting their confidence.
He said: “This group of players are really mentally strong,” he said. “They leave what is in the past in the past. They focus on the present and yesterday that was Watford.”
He said there were no definite plans to strengthen the squad in the January transfer period and he felt no pressure to do so – but it could all depend on injuries.
Elias Kachunga was stretchered off with a knee injury yesterday and Wagner revealed he was having a scan today.
During the interview he talked about his high respect for Huddersfield and its people.
He said: “It’s better than most people think and there are great people here who are very honest and open. They say what they think and I like this.”
He revealed that the day by day training is no different really to what he was doing in the Championship ... but the weekends sure are different.
“We are playing in ‘proper’ stadiums with world class players and managers,” he said, adding that the team will not be changing its high pressure style.
Although accepting the first Town goal against Watford yesterday was offside he said that the strong start for the first 10 to 15 minutes against the Hornets put them on the back foot.
“We like to press opponents high,” he said. “And our players are brave enough to play this style. If you give top teams the ball and let them express their style then it will lead to trouble.”
And, in a sense, he blames himself for Hogg’s sending off for a second yellow card and said he’s never deserved the first one.
When asked what he said to Hogg afterwards, Wagner replied: “I was angry with myself because I wanted to sub him but we took too long.”
Wagner revealed he has no points tally in mind ... he just wants to make sure Town remain in the Premier League.
“That’s our main target,” he said. “We have tried to get players who are hungry and very excited to play in the Premier League. How far this will bring us now I have no idea.
“But I have changed from hope to belief that we have a chance to survive.”
The next fixtures include playing Stoke twice, Southampton and Burnley.
“We start now on the next games from a good position,” he said. “But every game in this division is so tight. We have to be very careful with the squad and keep everybody healthy.”