It’s not just the strik­ers al­lowed to score goals

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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.”

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