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Boss David Wagner faces the media at PPG Canalside ahead of this Saturday's Premier League clash away to Stoke City (kick-off 3pm).

With both sides struggling for form, the encounter could be seen as a 'six pointer', especially considering the Terriers also face Liverpool and Manchester United in the coming few weeks.

The Terriers will be hoping to record their first victory since the impressive 4-1 win away to Watford on December 16th while for the hosts, they have new manager Paul Lambert in the dugout to impress.

The German head coach is likely to give an injury update as well as speak about whether new signings Alex Pritchard and Terence Kongolo will be pushing for a starting place.

There are also likely to be questions about Town's resilience to come back from trailing positions as well as the possibility of further movements this transfer window.

Check out our Live Blog from today's press conference courtesy of Blake Welton, with Mel Booth and Rory Benson down at the training ground to ask the all important questions.

Signing Out...

Well that’s all from today’s pre-match press conference LIVE Blog - thanks for joining us and for all the latest Huddersfield Town news, views and analysis remember to follow our Facebook page, twitter @ExaminerHTAFC and of course, examiner.co.uk.

No More Signings....

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner feels he has enough quality and strength in depth ahead of the Premier League run-in (for now).

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is currently happy with the strength in depth of his side.
Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is currently happy with the strength in depth of his side.

What We Learnt...

Here’s the quick-fire points from this afternoon’s pre-match press conference...

  1. Both Alex Pritchard and Terence Kongolo are in contention to start at Stoke City.
  2. Boss David Wagner is relaxed over the impact new manager Paul Lambert may have with the opposition this weekend
  3. The German boss has also ruled out further forays into the transfer market - for now.
  4. Town have nearly a full strength squad to choose from - Philip Billing, Michael Hefele and Jon Gorenc Stankovic are all back after long-term lay-offs.

Fan Reaction....

That's All Folk....

The end of the questions and David Wagner promptly leaves to concentrate on the task in hand - three points against Stoke City on Saturday.

Stick with us though as we will have a wrap-up of all the essential information and analysis from this afternoon’s presser...

On Aaron Mooy....

On Michael Hefele...

Hef has no issue - his Achilles looks fine. He has to catch up some fitness but with Hef and Stankovic showing such good signs, we have decided not to go back into the market in this position.

On Jon Gorenc Stankovic...

On Paul Lambert...

If you follow Borussia Dortmund, you know Paul Lambert. He was a bit of a Terrier, a bit like Jonathan Hogg.


Maybe 25 years ago I would have signed him!

Of course, the new Stoke City boss won the Champions League with the German side back in 1997...

Staying focused...

More on Pritchard...

Unsurprising as he is the new boy....

He likes tight spaces and he is brave and smart enough to ask for the ball under pressure.


He can pick the last pass and score from distance as well.


He adds something in the number 10 position which we didn’t have before.

Strength in depth...

The German head coach believes numbers are coming back into his squad at the right time....

We had 22 players in training yesterday - if everyone stays healthy after Sunday we will have 23.


It’s great to have this at the moment and this competition. Everyone has the opportunity to show what they’re capable of.


Elias Kachunga is the only long-term injury while Martin Cranie is only out for a week to 10 days.

More on Pritchard and Terence Kongolo...

Pritchard has to work on how we defend and Terence had a winter break in France which means he has been in training for two weeks only.


We do not have to risk anything in terms of the future of both.

On further potential transfer dealings...

We have done our business. I am very happy with the players and the group we have.


Of course something can change but we have done what we wanted to do .

Happy with that Town fans?

On Neven Subotic rumours...

I know Subotic very well. A great guy, great character and a very good player, but in the centre back position we have no problems

On Stoke City....

The German head coach seems quite relaxed on the change of manager at Stoke City...

Usually you never like to play a team when they change the manager immediately before, but with Stoke we played them recently and we are aware of them.


We are aware what Paul Lambert will bring.

Room for Improvement...

The boss has more to say on Town’s latest signing...

On Alex Pritchard...

Alex Pritchard is a contender for a place in the squad and the starting XI. Martin Cranie is the only one out but he will be back in training on Sunday.

Here's David!

And the Town boss is straight into it with an injury update...

Over and Out....

That’s all from Christopher Schindler - up next is David Wagner!

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner has been outlining his footballing philosophy.
Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner has been outlining his footballing philosophy.

Honest Approach...

After the games we have to be honest with ourselves about what went wrong, but we also have to move on

Always Learning...

I try to learn from every game, whether it’s good, bad or average and then look to lift the standard of my game each week

And that what makes Christopher Schindler so good...

Self-reflection...

On VAR....

It wouldn’t be a Press Conference if someone didn’t ask about VAR.....

I think it’s a good idea because it makes the game more correct but it’s still not long enough in practice for it to be the right solution.

On exploiting Stoke weaknesses...

We will focus on ourselves and look to take advantage of their vulnerability at the back.


We have to be solid, we have to be strong and we have to cause them problems.

On the West Ham United defeat....

On Alex Pritchard...

He brings something we needed in our attacking game. A bit of unpredictability

On the New Signings...

The question is, will both of them start at Stoke City?

Here's Hoping...

Can Huddersfield Town catch Stoke cold?

Opposition Frailties...

We know Stoke City have some good individuals and that’s something the new manager will look to use.


We will have to be focused on that but mainly on ourselves