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Former Sunderland star believes Huddersfield can still catch Newcastle

3 years ago
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Former Sunderland midfielder Dean Whitehead says that the Huddersfield players ‘still believe’ they can get automatic promotion.

There is no getting away from the fact that Newcastle United have caused many of their own problems in these past 11 days.

However, it would have been very cruel if Monday had seen that gap close to five points between the Magpies and the Terriers.

Huddersfield took a ninth minute lead but that was their only effort on target all game and the final overall shot count was ten for Derby and two for the visitors.

Just because the Rams scored with only two minutes to go doesn’t count as lucky, it was rather Huddersfield who almost fluked it with a very negative game plan.

After conceding six goals and picking up no points away at relegation strugglers Bristol City and Forest in their last two away matches, Dean Whitehead admits that they had simply a plan of sitting deep and trying not to give Derby any chances.

Attempting to frustrate Derby and relying on that one shot on target to get all three points.

Next up Huddersfield have Fulham at home on Saturday before Newcastle play Preston at home on Monday.

Anything but a win for David Wagner’s team would mean a Rafa victory against Preston would send Newcastle up.

Here’s hoping.

Dean Whitehead speaking to the Huddersfield Examiner:

“We still believe.

“We have got a strong dressing room, it’s positive and we will fight to the end and see where it takes us.

“We’ll try to win every game that we’ve got left and see if it’s enough.

“Our confidence is high, we haven’t lost any belief at any point in the season and we showed we’ve got spirit and togetherness.

“We have plans and we try to stick to that.

“We are disappointed straight after the game to concede an equaliser but we’ll be positive tomorrow and work on getting a result at the weekend.

“I think every weekend in the Championship is big but as the season rolls on towards the end they get bigger.

“We looked at the last couple of away games and we conceded too many chances and too many goals so we came here with a deeper shape and we tried to frustrated them, which we did.

“We came here with a game plan for a long period of the game we frustrated them and didn’t concede any chances really.

“We’re just disappointed we didn’t see it out in the final few minutes.”

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