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We’ve had a very dif­fi­cult start. Chelsea we had a good first half, Manch­ester City was one to for­get and Cardiff was al­ways go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult task against Neil (Warnock).

I was dis­ap­pointed we didn’t get three points but re­lieved af­ter 90 min­utes to get one, be­cause of the send­ing off of Jonathan Hogg.

At the time I thought it was two points dropped but, on re­flec­tion, it was a point gained, and ev­ery point in the Pre­mier League is a golden point.

What David (Wag­ner) is very good at, how­ever, is draw­ing a line in the sand and mov­ing on, and ev­ery­one is work­ing re­lent­lessly be­hind the scenes for the suc­cess of Hud­der­s­field Town.

We got a very good per­for­mance at Everton which bodes well. It gave ev­ery­one in the club a lift. In our time un­der David, when a per­for­mance is needed our coach­ing team de­liver - not all the time but more of­ten than not. That’s qual­ity. matches than you are in the Cham­pi­onship, be­cause the qual­ity of the op­po­si­tion is starkly dif­fer­ent.

What you have to re­mem­ber is what you have as a unit.

At Hud­der­s­field Town we are ab­so­lutely one solid unit from top to bot­tom left to right.

That in­cludes the fans, we are al­ways one.

The rea­son we were suc­cess­ful last sea­son is that we all stood to­gether through thick and thin.

The fans played a huge part. We kept talk­ing about the 12th man and they were the 12th man - nailed on.

If it wasn’t for them be­ing so with us, all to­gether, as a unit, would we have stayed up? Pos­si­bly, but maybe not. They got us, I be­lieve, over that line by cre­at­ing a fan­tas­tic home at­mos­phere.

So this sea­son we have to have that as a stan­dard.

It has to be a given as we push for­ward.

If the fans start split­ting, which they are not, but if they start split­ting and we have a slight leak in our team, a drip­ping tap, then it is go­ing to make our life a lot harder. So we are one. I am fully be­hind ev­ery­thing, the fans are, the team are – the at­mos­phere in the dress­ing room is ab­so­lutely solid.

We need to keep that wa­ter-tight unity go­ing for­ward.

We are now com­pet­ing on the world stage among some in­cred­i­bly good tal­ent.

Let’s be clear, we are not in the mar­ket for es­tab­lished Pre­mier League play­ers - firstly be­cause we don’t want jour­ney­men and se­condly be­cause we can’t af­ford the astro­nom­i­cal wages these guys de­mand.

We have a re­ally com­pet­i­tive wage bill and, should the worst hap­pen, we don’t want to see the same hap­pen to us as what hap­pened to Brad­ford City or Leeds United (for ex­am­ple).

In the win­dow, we knew we needed pace on the wings, and we got it. Ter­ence Kon­golo was also a huge state­ment for the club and we man­aged to sign Erik Durm, a World Cup win­ner, to play ei­ther full-back.

We are buy­ing tal­ent – play­ers who ex­cite us – and we can give them a plat­form to be su­per­stars in the Pre­mier League.

That’s how we at­tract them and, when the time is right, we will al­low them to move on hope­fully for a lot more money.

We be­lieve with David and our coaches we can de­velop play­ers.

David is com­mit­ted to the foot­ball club and he al­ways wanted to stay, but we had to make it right for him.

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