David Wagner wants to be the first man in more than 50 years to lead Huddersfield Town to a higher final position than Leeds United.
Not since 1961-62, when Eddie Boot was at the helm, have Town, who were seventh in the original Second Division (now Championship) finished above their West Yorkshire rivals, who ended up 19th.
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With five games to go, Leeds are 15th, two points above 19th-placed Town, who drew 2-2 at home to Hull City on Saturday as Leeds lost 1-0 at Championship leaders Burnley.
Town still haven’t managed a win this time around over any of the sides in the current top eight.
They led against fourth-placed Hull going into stoppage time, only for Adama Diomande to force a second equaliser for the visitors.
“We feel we are taking steps forward,” said Town’s German head coach, who arrived in November.
“It was disappointing only to draw against Hull, but this was a fair result and given our performance, one I can accept.
“Before we think about sides at the top, we must close the gap between ourselves and those in the middle of the table.
“It is tight in that area and with our point against Hull we can look forward.
“Leeds United are two points above us - and this is a big target for us. We will try to get above them.”
Wagner, who is to lose his first-team coach Mike Marsh at the end of the season after the 46-year-old accepted a job with England Under 17s, felt the performance against fourth-placed Hull was a big improvement on that at second-placed Middlesbrough, where Town lost 3-0 on Tuesday.
“It was a good game from both sides. Both were offensive, and there were a lot of goal chances,” he said.
“I was happy with the performance. We were back to where we can be. We wanted a reaction and gave it.
“To concede an equaliser after 90 minutes hurts but the result was fair and I can accept it.
“We tried to learn from past defeats and changed a little bit, a Plan B.
“We played from a deeper point, with the idea of countering.”