The Huddersfield Examiner's Blake Welton on what to expect from The Terriers
Sitting third with 11 games to play, did anyone realistically see this season panning out like this?
I don’t think anybody expected Huddersfield Town to do as well as they have done. Everyone outside West Yorkshire had written David Wagner’s side off: Ian Holloway even predicted they would finish bottom. Inside the club they were quietly confident but realistically they were only looking at making the top ten.
Watching the game at The John Smith's Stadium back in August, how much did that set The Terriers up for the season?
That Brentford game at the start of the season was a catalyst for the season. Huddersfield bought in a lot of players over the summer and all of them, with the exception of one who has now left the club, hit the ground running. On top of that, the pre-season trip they took to Austria helped to get the team into this Terriers spirit which has carried on through the season. The theme of grinding out wins and late goals was evident in that game against Brentford and has kept on throughout the season since then.
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Who have been the players to make a difference this season?
It is no secret that Aaron Mooy, on loan from Manchester City, is the man that makes Huddersfield tick. Everything goes through him in that central midfield partnership with Jonathan Hogg. Hogg himself has been a real unsung hero of the season so far. Elsewhere, Tommy Smith has been revitalised under David Wagner. He’s come from nowhere to be one of the best full backs in the Championship.
Huddersfield's season seems to have been embodied in Manager David Wagner.
Everything that has worked well on and off the pitch this season has been around this #WagnerRevolution. The club has done an awful lot of good marketing work off the pitch and that has led to a massive rise in crowds. Wagner has been heavily involved in every aspect, on and off the pitch. He is a very passionate man. Especially with the late goals, and his reaction to those, all you are seeing is pure unadulterated joy.
How do you see Huddersfield approaching Saturday's game?
Huddersfield will press from the front from the off. They will be look to get after Brentford and press them all over the place. When they have the ball, it will be about using the full width of the pitch, with the full backs Tommy Smith and Chris Löwe hugging the touchlines.
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