Clinical edge is one commodity coach David Wagner is seeking from his Huddersfield Town strikeforce at Newcastle United.
Wagner watched his side squander plenty of chances through the likes of Rajiv van La Parra, Joe Lolley, Elias Kachunga and Jack Payne before coming through 2-1 against Brentford.
And he saw the same thing happen (most notably through the impressive Payne) at Shrewsbury, where Town paid the price in a 2-1 EFL Cup defeat.
WATCH: David Wagner believes his side need to be more clinical
Wagner is delighted Town are creating chances and believes there will be more at St James’ Park, where two-goal Elias Kachunga is primed to lead the attack with last season’s leading marksman Nahki Wells in reserve on the bench.
“When you are clinical early in games it makes your life on the pitch so much easier,” said Wagner, who confirmed Mark Hudson is back as skipper and centre-back kingpin.
“If you have chance to score and do it early, it hurts your opponent and it puts pressure on them.
“If you only create chances but don’t take them sure, you are in the game, but you are not creating that pressure on your opponent.
“We want to create that pressure by being clinical and taking our chances.”
Asked if he thought playing in front of 52,000 in Newcastle would be daunting for his new-look side, Wagner was forthright.
“Most of my players have played in front of big crowds,” he said.
WATCH: David Wagner has his say on the Newcastle united match
“It’s not the name which is important, it’s your attitude.
“The pitch is the same, it is 11 v 11 and it starts 0-0 and while I can’t promise three points, I can promise our best fighting attitude and I can promise we will try to deliver something good.
“Our target is to win the game and we are happy we are taking a lot of supporters along with us, because they will be right behind us.”