It’s not just the strikers allowed to score goals
DAVID Wagner insists it is not just down to Town’s strikers to score against West Ham today.
No Terriers player is yet to find the net at the John Smith’s Stadium this season, with Monday’s winner against Fulham coming from an own goal.
The spotlight has fallen on Town’s frontmen as their goal drought continues. However, Wagner says that shouldn’t be the case.
”Obviously we love to have strikers who score goals,” he said. “They have scored goals and they have goals in them.
“They have not shown this in the first 11 games, but they were very unlucky as well, both of them.
“But the same counts for them as it does for us – still continue and go into every game working as hard as you can and do your job and try to work to get your chance and then use it.
“This is what they have done so far.
“They are mentally strong and they get every support from us and, for them, like for all of us, this is the next opportunity.
“But everybody is allowed to score goals. Our midfielders are allowed to score, our wingbacks, our centre-backs, offensive midfielders – all of them.
“Substitutes are allowed to score goals, so it is not all about our strikers.
“What is for sure is that we need goals to win games and if we defend on our highest level it makes it easier and we don’t need too many of them, but, like always, we have to be focused on our performance.
“This is so, so important that you always deliver the performance that you can say – ‘yes, we deserved something’.
“This was the case in the last weeks, apart from the Watford game which was a deserved defeat, but in the other games we have always performed on a level where we have been able to say ‘yes, we deserved something out of this game’.
“Sometimes we got it, but this is something we have to accept, that it is all about the performance.
“And for this, because it was a short week for us, we need the energy from the stands again so the players can make the hard yards – and there will be a lot of hard yards.” DAVID Wagner will have a full complement of players to choose from for today’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.
The Terriers picked up no new injury concerns in the 1-0 win over Fulham on Monday evening and the previously out-of-action stars have now all returned to first-team training.
The last player to do so was American international Danny Williams, who has featured just once this season due to a broken leg sustained DAVID Wagner believes Monday’s win over Fulham was one of the most important in his three-year reign at Huddersfield Town.
The victory at the John Smith’s Stadium lifted the Terriers off the bottom of the Premier League – and victory against West Ham today could see them move out of the relegation zone.
Which is why Wagner insists Monday was so crucial – especially after the last term, followed by a knee worry earlier in the 2018/19 campaign.
But the 29-year-old is back in training with his team, alongside Erik Durm, who was ruled out of the Fulham clash with a slight groin problem.
Wagner said: “It looks like we have the whole group together. Danny Williams is back in training since yesterday.
“There are some knocks that some players got on Monday.
“Erik Durm was back in training as well, so it looks like today in training we have the full squad available.
“I don’t think there are any concerns.” poor display against Watford the week before.
He said: ”Yes, it was one of the most important results – especially after the long period where we were without a win and the long period where we were without a home win.
“This was very, very important for all of us because the problem that we had in recent weeks was that we performed on such a high level consistently without winning games, The Terriers have the chance of securing back-to-back wins for the first time since February when they face the Hammers today, although the London side has been waiting even longer for consecutive victories.
West Ham have not won two league matches on the spin since January last year, but Wagner will be hoping to stretch that record by another two weeks in order to claim the three points and lift Town out of the bottom three.
On climbing out of the drop zone, Wagner said: “This is, for us, the next target, which is a difficult one.
“We know that West Ham is a very good side with a lot of experienced players.
“They have invested a lot of money in the summer with an experienced manager, which they have.
“They are on a good run at the minute after their poor start, but it doesn’t change that, once again, it is all about us.
“We have to come back to our fighting spirit, to our performance without scoring enough goals, without collecting enough points.
“This makes it difficult if it happens five or six weeks in a row and then it was very, very important after the only poor performance which we have had this time, against Watford away, to show a reaction.
“This is exactly what the players have done and this is what made me very, very happy. It is easy to ask yourself for a reaction, to speak about like in the past. We have to make sure that we show exactly the same intensity and positive aggression which we have shown on last Monday and then we will see what we can get out of this game. “It will not be easy, but, with this result of last Monday and with this atmosphere and this togetherness which we had last Monday, I have the confidence and the belief that it is possible that we have the chance to be successful again. “Everybody knows how important backto-back wins are in the Premier League. “We only had them twice last season and now we have a chance for it in front of our home crowd. “We have to make sure the supporters are on it from the first second because they know as well how important back-to-back wins are. “We have an opportunity for it, even if we know how difficult the task is, but this is exactly the challenge we wanted to have and this is our aim.”
Everyone knows how important back-to-back wins are in the Premier League
a reaction, but then to show it in the circumstances which we had, to have an early six-pointer.
“I said this after the game and I absolutely believe in it, that this game, this result, will help us for the whole season because we have the experience from last year.
“There will be comparable games where you have to deliver a result and we have done it in this season with a new group again.”