Jonathan Hogg reckons David Wagner’s new training regime can help Huddersfield Town pick up a festive points bonus.
The 27-year-old midfielder says Wagner’s work on the PPG Canalside training ground is like nothing he’s experienced before.
But as Town look to Saturday’s trip to face Brentford after downing Rotherham United 2-0, Hogg believes the signs are positive.
“Christmas is massive for us with all the games,” said the former Aston Villa and Watford man.
“As fit as we are it can only stand us in good stead.
“It is a busy time, but we have some decent fixtures and only one away game at Bolton, which isn’t far.
“We have Preston here as well (on Boxing Day) so it should be a good period for us.”
Hogg, who has started the last two matches in the absence of injured Dean Whitehead, says the squad are enjoying Wagner’s different ideas.
“The new approach is good because we get a lot of the ball,” he explained. “And when we lose the ball up the field, we have to try and get it back within five or six seconds.
“It is totally different compared with what we were used to in the past. Certainly, what I have been used to.
“But the gaffer has put across his style and the way he wants to play.
“He has been with us five or six weeks now and gradually we are getting there. I’d say we have made a lot of progress, especially in terms of fitness.
“In training, the tempo and the pace has gone up dramatically. And the distances we cover. It is high-intensity stuff.
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“The timings of training are a bit different and not what we are used to.
“The gaffer has changed everything from the times to the way we train. We have double sessions twice a week and are also in on Sundays.
“That is his way and it is a way that we will get more used to the longer we go on. The lads are buying into it.”
Hogg said it felt good to end a run of four successive home defeats with goals from Mustapha Carayol and Ishmael Miller against Rotherham.
“There is no doubt we have to make the John Smith’s a bit of a fortress,” he explained.
“The gaffer is getting his ideas across on how we want to play and our style, so I am hoping we can keep improving at home.
“Rotherham had to throw the kitchen sink at us in the second half, but I felt we dealt with it quite well.
“They didn’t really have a big chance. The kid hit a post from a header but that was maybe it, whereas we had quite a few chances to win the game.
“We got a vital leg in when needed and that was good. We have to fight because we are at the wrong end of the table.”