Huddersfield fans have been reflecting after a disastrous Saturday afternoon.
Brighton and Newcastle edged nervy games against bottom three opposition but the Terriers fell short, losing to a dramatic 96th minute goal to a Burton side who had started the day fourth bottom.
Despite the set of results, winning their game in hand on the top two would still leave Wagner’s team only six points behind Brighton, seven adrift of Newcastle, so how much confidence do Huddersfield fans hold that they can still get automatic promotion?
Well reading the comments below, the answer appears to be zero confidence, apart from the odd lone ever optimistic voice.
Indeed, many of their supporters are more worried about potentially dropping out of the play-offs, than any remaining belief in finishing top two. Losing their last two games now and with three defeats in the last five, many of the Huddersfield fans were just grateful that the likes of Sheffield Wednesday failed to win yesterday.
Interesting to read their perspective because ours as Newcastle fans is always going to be not taking anything for granted until we flop over the finishing line, having been burnt far too many times before.
No doubt Brighton fans will be exactly the same, having failed to win either of their final two games last season and missing out only on goal difference!
Comments from Huddersfield fans via their top message board DownAtTheMac:
‘The final eight or so matches will now not be so important as automatic promotion is now gone.
We will make the play offs fingers crossed, but eventually when the chips are down I cannot help but think our lack of a prolific striker in the end will cost us.’
‘Only positive to take is that we can now stop chasing top two and concentrate on getting everyone ready for the play offs.
No need to rush Palmer or Brown back,and any others that need it can have a rest as and when.
Worst thing that could have happened would be to chase top two down to the wire, miss out and then end up physically and emotionally knackered like Brighton last season.’
‘Seems like your sure we are definetly in the play offs??
Have you looked at who we have left to play yet.I wouldn’t be so sure about it after the last 2 games.
5 goals conceded and none scored!!
Hope to see a positive result wednesday then maybe that be the case.’
‘4 more wins will do get play-offs (Fulham v Sheff wed play each other on last day so only 1 of those teams could possibly reach 84 points).’
‘Every game is potentially hard, as we’ve witnessed against lower teams, but almost all our run in is against average Championship teams so I’d expect an average points return.’
‘The autos are still possible. Keep going until it is mathematically impossible and by then we should be guaranteed a play off place.
Newcastle still have to play Leeds and Wednesday plus Barnsley and Preston. They also have the delights of entertaining Burton next week.
Meanwhile Brighton have to play Brum, QPR, Norwich and Villa amongst others.
My point is that we should still carry on, care not what others are doing and concentrate on winning our games.’
‘We need to secure our place (in the play-offs) and then the last two games think tactically about who we want to play IMO.
We don’t want to face an inform fulham side (in play-off semi-fnals), leeds or reading would be my choice – but all said and done were not even safe from dropping out yet.’
‘I was always worried about strength in depth then thought actually, we are okay. We are not.
We are finding out how fundemental Hogg is and have got used to week in, week out having a Palmer or Brown on the pitch.
Only a couple of Players, the impact on the whole side of not having them though is huge.’
‘Play offs are by no means guaranteed and right now we have gone a bit rubbish.’
‘I think we need to shake off our complacency and at the same time, start to show an understanding of where we are as a club. We do not have a divine right to win every match. Opponents will try to win. Sometimes, they will win. Sometimes, opponents will try to frustrate us. Sometimes, we will be on the end of poor refereeing decisions. Sometimes, our players may not perform to their optimum. We have just got to accept that.
Today, fans around me turned on certain players. Fans on here have turned against certain players. During the game, I have never heard so much rubbish been shouted from so many fans.
It is time some of our fans grew up and gave themselves a reality check.’
‘I agree we need to remember where we are. Guessing Town were aiming top 10 this season. We are third despite playing a game less after nearly 40 matches.
It was all just a bit flat generally today, players and fans. While Wagner is a fantastic coach he seems to still be learning as a manager too. A more experienced gaffer would probably have gone strong today (considering the injuries) and then take players off.
Just need to get behind the lads. Another season in The Championship with most of these players is hardly the end of the world.’
‘Wagner will be off if we don’t make it. First Premiership side to offer him a job with serious money to spend its tata.
Its the play-offs, 3 games, we need to be in the third game and win it to secure our future, then who knows from then on.’
‘We’ll finish in the playoffs, we’re 95% certain. Then it’s a lottery.
Wagner, who know what happens in the summer. But he’s been loyal so far. We all want to win promotion, but I’m not dashing off the Beachy Head if it doesn’t happen.’
‘We finished 19th last season…19TH! We are 3rd at the moment after the best season in most of our living memory.’
‘Without the magic that Brown gives us, we will find it hard to score when the penalty area is packed full of opposition defenders.
We will make the play offs though, and we should hopefully have a fit squad of players once we get to those games.
No point worrying about what Wagner will do next season, he’s good, but he’s not God. ‘
‘One bad game? I think you will find its 3 straight now. Very worrying after the Newcastle performance.’