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Rival boss “Very difficult to say who will get promoted…but I’m totally sure Newcastle United will”

5 years ago
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Huddersfield and David Wagner met up with Newcastle United on Saturday teatime and were brought back down to earth.

Before Saturday they’d only suffered one defeat in the Championship since November but a record league attendance at their sold out John Smith’s Stadium, saw Huddersfield go down 3-1 to the Magpies.

Despite 76% possession, Huddersfield rarely looked like scoring and had to rely on long-range efforts, their only goal a gift of a penalty seemingly in an attempt by the referee to even up a similarly soft one awarded to Newcastle.

Emerging from that reality check, David Wagner has bounced back and declared that ‘There are so many games to go….difficult to say who will get promoted’.

However, as an afterthought he did qualify that by adding ‘But I am totally sure Newcastle United will get promoted!’.

With Brighton though, David Wagner declared ‘we will see’.

As you can see in the Championship table below, three clubs are now within eight points of Brighton though only Huddersfield have a game in hand.

All of the top six play tonight and if Brighton fail to win at Rotherham, they are likely to find a real squeeze being put on Chris Hughton’s side.

If/when Newcastle’s promotion is assured, an overwhelming number of NUFC fans would like to see their former manager also make it into the Premier League but with only three wins in their last eight matches, thankfully it has been Brighton and not Newcastle who have given the chasing pack some encouragement.

Tuesday night’s fixtures:

Fulham v Leeds

Huddersfield v Aston Villa

Reading v Newcastle

Rotherham v Brighton

Sheff Wed v Burton

David Wagner:

“There are so many games to go, so many points to collect, it is very difficult to say who will get promoted.

“But I am totally sure Newcastle United will get promoted…Brighton, we will see.

“There are so many twists and turns to go, I am just focused on ourselves.

“Nobody knows what will happen and at the moment the reality is that Huddersfield Town have 65 points with 12 games to go, 11 for everyone else.

“I have heard they have struggled in past at the end of the season and nobody knows why.

“But from my point of view my squad is very excited and happy in the dressing room at the moment.”

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