We have to get win­ning feel­ing back – Wag­ner

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

DAVID WAG­NER ad­mits he faces a tough job rais­ing morale af­ter Hud­der­s­field’s fast-sink­ing sea­son suf­fered a new low with an FA Cup exit at Bris­tol City.

The Premier League’s bot­tom club suf­fered more mis­ery against Cham­pi­onship op­po­si­tion with Josh Brown­hill’s 72nd­minute strike prov­ing the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides.

“We have lost the last nine games in a row and seven of them have been by one goal,” lamented Town chief Wag­ner.

“It’s tough to pick the play­ers up and it’s the same for ev­ery­one at the foot­ball club.

“We are in a dif­fi­cult pe­riod and I didn’t see it com­ing, but we have to get through it.”

Asked if he felt un­der pres­sure, Wag­ner replied: “To be hon­est, I’m not the right per­son to get asked this ques­tion, which is why I can’t an­swer it.

“The fact is the re­spon­si­bil­ity is mine for what has hap­pened at the foot­ball club in the last three-and-a-half years, and that in­cludes what’s hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment.”

Hud­der­s­field owner and chair­man Dean Hoyle has de­clared he has no in­ten­tion of let­ting the club “sleep­walk into rel­e­ga­tion” and it is clear that Wag­ner needs help in the trans­fer win­dow.

The Ter­ri­ers are eight points from league safety – the 17th po­si­tion oc­cu­pied by their next op­po­nents Cardiff – and have only scored five times in their last nine out­ings.

“I’ve no idea,” said Wag­ner, who has been linked with Sun­der­land striker Josh Maja, about the pos­si­bil­ity of sign­ing a for­ward this month. “Ev­ery­body knows the cir­cum­stances we have at our foot­ball club and that fi­nan­cially we are not at the top.

“We will just have to see what we can make hap­pen. The fo­cus was al­ways on Premier League sur­vival be­fore (Bris­tol City) and Cardiff is ob­vi­ously a big game.

“We have to get the feel­ing back that we are able to win foot­ball matches and col­lect points.

“That’s why the Cardiff game is so big for us – not be­cause it’s Cardiff and we have an eight-point gap to them. But be­cause it’s our next game and we have to get the win­ning feel­ing back.”

Bris­tol City’s win took them into the fourth round of the com- pe­ti­tion for only the third time in 12 sea­sons.

PIC­TURE: DAVID DAVIES/PA

WIN­NER: Bris­tol City’s Josh Brown­hill sends his side through against Hud­der­s­field Town at Ash­ton Gate.

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