Huddersfield fans feeling the strain before Newcastle – Interesting comments
Huddersfield fans have been on some journey.
David Wagner arrived at the club on 5 November 2015 and stabilised things, only finishing sixth bottom but that was 11 points above the drop.
Formerly Jurgen Klopp’s assistant at Borussia Dortmund, summer 2016 saw a massive turnover in players, with David Wagner using his knowledge/contacts to recruit a number of players from the German leagues, including loan deals.
Impressively, he took the team to promotion last season, a serious rival for Newcastle and Brighton until late on, once automatic promotion looked a real longshot, Wagner rested players ahead of the play-offs – being rewarded with Premier League football after defeating Reading in the play-off final at Wembley.
Written off by many/most, Huddersfield fans saw their team at the top of the Premier League table after beating Newcastle 1-0, making it six points from six.
Other highlights have followed, including a home win over Man Utd, though five straight defeats as we moved into 2018 brought relegation fears to the fore.
Only one point behind Newcastle and with safety hopes in the balance, Huddersfield fans aren’t in the mood to be saying ‘well look where we were before David Wagner came along..’.
They are desperate to stay in the Premier League but fair to say many aren’t overly positive, amongst the complaints are the style of play, effort/influence of players such as Tom Ince,the fact Saturday’s referee is a Leeds fan, how far they will be from the pitch at St James Park and so on.
Hopefully Newcastle United will add to their moans on Saturday afternoon.
Huddersfield fans comment via their top Down At The Mac message board:
‘God I dislike international breaks. Hope however, it’s come at the right time to allow the players time to refocus and learn from the palace game.
Now strangely I’m confident going into this game.
I know we we can beat them and have done two out of the last three meetings. I’m going to say 2-0 town. Mounie brace.
Get stuck into them straight away and let their fans create pressure to work to our advantage.’
‘A point will be good. 3 points will be a bloody fantastic tonic for the troops. A loss will open the flood gates of misery.’
‘Be prepared for Rafa mind games. Fact.’
‘The idiot Merson says we bottled the palace game and will lose 2-0.’
‘Who cares what Merson thinks, it’s not like he’s tipped us for many wins this season anyway.
It’s a good opportunity for the players to shove his & the other pundits predictions right down their throats.’
‘Merson predicts us to lose most weeks and most weeks he predicts correctly.
What’s the problem ?’
‘Looking forward to these two away weekends, but also feeling very nervous at the same time. I’m not saying they’re must win games, but I just hope we don’t crack under the pressure.
Both Newcastle and Brighton will be expecting maximum points from the games, but I’m sure DW will have other plans..’
‘Think a lot of folk are kidding themselves on here, we’ve done brilliantly to keep ourselves out if the bottom 3 but let’s be honest, we aren’t good enough and it’s catching up with us now.’
‘On the two previous occasions we’ve gone 3 games without scoring we’ve won the next game… good sign?’
‘I think Ince has lost confidence in himself..palace game in particular he was terrible, looks frightened of the ball.
Was running into the wrong areas all game..needs a break, clear his head.
He’s more talent than kachunga and quaner, just not producing it on the pitch.’
‘Agreed re Ince’s confidence, almost everybody against Palace, were very poor, except Lossl.’
‘Great, a Leeds fan is refereeing!’
‘Historically the Leeds and Newcastle rivalry has been bigger than Leeds v Huddersfield.’
‘Has to be at least a point. The pressure will really start to hit the boys if it’s another loss.’
‘We’re currently above the Arsenal in the form table, so I don’t see what we need to be worrying about.
Pretty sure Wagner will have been resting the players in the last two games so they are refreshed for 2 difficult but winnable away games, and Elton John’s Watford.
9 points, bish bash bosh eh?’
‘Actually feeling quite confident about this one. Reckon we will win 2-1, goals to Mounie and Pritchard.’
‘I managed to get in block L7K (the block behind the goal if the stadium plan I found was correct) but was further back than I expected (Row T).
Does anyone know how many rows there are in the tier and does the first row start on A (like you’d expect).
Plus if you’re nearer the back of that stand can you see the goaline nearest you?’
‘You can see all of the pitch, just like you can see the whole of Gateshead.
Like Gateshead it’s a fair old distance away.’
‘Let’s be honest our style is very conservative to say the least. Does the rigid structure lend itself to going gung ho when needed? We lack urgency at times so it does make me wonder.’
‘The last few weeks have really knocked my confidence about the team.
Can see a hammering on Saturday too.’
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