Siewert: Terriers can survive

New Huddersfield Town head coach Jan Siewert is confident he can keep the club in the Premier League this season.

The 36-year-old German was appointed on a two-and-a-half-year contract as David Wagner's successor on Monday.

After their 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, Huddersfield are bottom of the Premier League pile, ten points shy of safety.

He will have just 15 games in which to save them from the drop but Siewert insists he only accepted the job because he believes it can be done.

"Without being confident I wouldn't sit here," he said. "I think we have to work hard and do our very best and prepare for everything.

"We have 15 more games and my only focus at the moment is the task I have to do with the team and I will give everything to those games."

Siewert, who becomes the Premier League's youngest manager, has been on Huddersfield's radar for some two years while working with the Borussia Dortmund U23 side.

Predecessor Wagner held the same role at Dortmund from 2011 to 2015 before joining Huddersfield and leading them into the big-time, where they survived last season against the odds.

The new boss says he is a different person to Wagner.

"I always did it my way so I can't be compared to David Wagner because he's a fantastic manager and had so much success here," he added.

"But now it's my role here. It's a new chapter and the most important thing is that I'm used to working with professional players, at Dortmund I had some great opportunities and now I'd like to challenge myself.

"Of course there are similarities, but the most important thing is I'm Jan Siewert and I have to do it my way as David did it his way. We should not compare us two because that's not possible."

Huddersfield are 1/33 to be relegated this season. They host Everton in their next game and are 3/1 to win. The Toffees are 10/11, while the draw is 12/5.

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Guardiola urges more improvement

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that his team have more improvement in them as they moved nearer to Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

The current champions moved back to within four points of Jurgen Klopp's side at the top after a comfortable 3-0 win at managerless Huddersfield.

Danilo gave City the lead and two goals in two minutes in the second half from Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane sealed the win that leaves the Terriers still rooted to the bottom of the table.

Having lost manager David Wagner in midweek Mark Hudson took temporary charge but couldn't prevent a ninth defeat in 10 league games that leaves them bottom, 10 points from safety.

City meanwhile have interest at the other end of the table but Guardiola is demanding more from his side as they seek to chase Liverpool and defend their title.

He said after the game: "The way we played we didn't deserve more than three goals. We will improve in the future. We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it's difficult. They defended deep and man to man.

"What we have done so far has been incredible, in the league and the Carabao Cup. We have an incredible number of points. But this game can teach us and show what we have to do to improve."

City are in midweek action in the Carabao Cup and have surely guaranteed a place in the final, leading League One Burton 9-0 after the semi-final first leg. City are 1/2 to win the cup.

They are also still in the FA Cup and are at home to fellow Premier League side Burnley in round four on Saturday. They are 1/10 to win the game with the Clarets 22/1 and Sean Dyche's side are 8/1 to force a replay.

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Wagner leaves rock-bottom Town

Huddersfield Town are searching for a new head coach after parting company with David Wagner by mutual consent.

The Terriers are at the foot of the Premier League table after drawing 0-0 at Cardiff City on Saturday, a result that brought their eight-match losing run to an end.

The 47-year-old German guided Town to promotion via the Championship play-offs in 2016/17 and he managed, against the odds, to steer them clear of the top-flight's relegation zone last term.

However, Huddersfield have decided to move in a new direction in an attempt to maintain their Premier League status.

Club chairman Dean Hoyle said: "I'd like to begin by thanking David for all he has achieved at Huddersfield Town over the last three-and-a-half years.

"As I had said previously, I had no intention of sacking David this season. Subsequently David – being the great man he is – came to us and made it clear that he needs a break from the rigours of football management.

"I know the term 'mutual consent' is often a byword for the manager being sacked in professional football, but this is a truly joint decision.

"It's a very sad day, but now we have to look to the future; that's what football and our immediate situation demands. I've asked Mark Hudson to take this weekend's Premier League game against Manchester City."

Huddersfield are 1/16 to be relegated this season while Cardiff are 4/6 to go down and Fulham 4/11.

Wagner unhappy with Town loss

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner rued the fact that his side had failed to get a win on the board as they lost 1-0 at Bristol City in the FA Cup third round.

The Terriers have now lost nine games in a row, with Wagner having hoped to see a positive outcome at Ashton Gate to lift the morale of his team, who are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.

However, after another afternoon of disappointment, he told reporters: "We missed getting the winning feeling back. Nothing is better than the winning feeling.

"We were not good enough to win this game. It was a tight and even game, but I expected more. The dressing room is quiet.

"We were not good enough and we haven't had a clean sheet in nine games. We had chances, but didn't work the keeper.

"It looked like one goal would decide the game and you saw what happens when you hit the target. We were in better positions in the game, but didn't hit the target."

The Terriers must try and halt their losing run next Saturday when they head to South Wales to take on Cardiff City, with the Bluebirds having won just one of their last six games in all competitions.

Huddersfield can be backed at 21/10 to gain a draw at the Cardiff City Stadium, with a 1-1 final score priced at 11/2 and 0-0 available at 6/1.

The meeting of the two sides earlier this season ended in a goalless draw, with Town ending the game with ten men after Jonathan Hogg was sent off.

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Wagner won’t throw in the towel

David Wagner is adamant that Huddersfield can defy the odds and stay in the Premier League after they slipped to an eighth successive defeat.

The Terriers boss watched as Steve Mounie put his side in front against Burnley at the John Smith's Stadium on Wednesday evening.

However, Chris Wood equalised on 40 minutes and the hosts then had Christopher Schindler sent off for two bookable offences just before half-time.

Ashley Barnes scored what turned out to be the winner 16 minutes from time and, despite the Clarets having Robbie Brady red-carded late on, Huddersfield could not find an equaliser.

Town remain rooted to the foot of the table, with just 10 points from 21 games and eight adrift of safety.

No team has survived the drop with as few points at this stage of a season, but Wagner insists that his side can buck the trend.

"This is exactly what makes it so exciting. To be the first one, to beat the statistics," he said.

"This is exactly what we have done a few times in the last few years. This is why we do this job, to be the first one who will do something that nobody has done before.

"We know how difficult this task is. Obviously it's so difficult nobody has done it before, but this doesn't change that we have our plan, our schedule until the end of the season.

"We have to make ourselves independent from the statistics, even if they are the truth."

Huddersfield are now 1/12 to be relegated this season, while they are priced at 8/1 to avoid the drop.

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Lack of goals worries Wagner

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is keen to bolster his shot-shy strikeforce in the January transfer window.

The Terriers are at the foot of the table after Wednesday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, their sixth loss in a row.

Town, 2/7 to be relegated this season, face a crunch clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, a game they are 10/3 to win. Huddersfield have only scored 12 goals in 19 Premier League matches so far this season and Wagner is keen to rectify the problem.

"In recent weeks, I can't deliver the smile on the faces of our supporters and chairman. This doesn't satisfy me," he said.

"They know how we perform. They know we try everything and work very hard. I know they will smile if we are successful."

Liverpool's Dominic Solanke and Monaco's Stevan Jovetic have been linked with moves to West Yorkshire, with Wagner adding: "Our problem is so obvious. I can't say I don't feel pressure but I know what we have to change. The truth is we have not solved it so far.

"But it can only come through performances. I can't say I would like to play rubbish, then I will get the three points. That is not how it works."

Wagner seeks relaxed Terriers

Huddersfield boss David Wagner says he wants to see his team play with less anxiety and more freedom as they prepare for a demanding festive programme.

The Terriers are in deep relegation trouble, entering Christmas in 19th place in the table, four points adrift of safety.

They face a rejuvenated Manchester United on Boxing Day followed by matches against fellow strugglers, Fulham away on 29th December and then Burnley at home on 2nd January.

It is their home form which is most concerning fans, the team winning just once at the John Smith's Stadium all season, scoring just four goals in 10 games. They lost 3-1 to Southampton at the weekend.

Having lost their last five league games, Wagner is keen to avoid a sixth at Old Trafford on Boxing Day and says the team will only do so by ignoring the anxiety surrounding their league position.

He said: "We have to make ourselves independent from what is around us, from the table, results, whatever.

"We are exactly where everybody predicted us so this makes no sense to think about it and get affected by it.

"We are only able to collect points and to be competitive if we perform on our highest level. This is what we've done in recent weeks and this is what we've done in the second half (against Southampton), where we looked competitive."

Huddersfield are 14/1 to pick up three points on Boxing Day with Manchester United 1/4 and the draw 11/2.

The Terriers hope to have Jonathan Hogg back for the trip to Manchester United while Wagner will have to decide who plays upfront to try and resolve the problems in front of goal.

Steve Mounie was recalled for the Southampton game but, as with fellow striker Laurent Depoitre, he hasn't yet scored in a league game this season, all the goals so far coming from either defenders or midfielders.

The Terriers are 1/4 to be relegated at the end of the season while they are 3/1 to escape the drop.

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Saints benefit from confidence boost

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says that he and the team go into the Christmas period benefitting from a confidence boost.

The Saints go into Saturday's crucial match at Huddersfield out of the bottom three courtesy of their win over Arsenal last weekend.

A late Charlie Austin goal earned them a 3-2 win, ending the Gunners 22-match unbeaten and giving the Saints badly needed impetus going into a hectic schedule over the festive period.

The game away at the Terriers is followed by fixtures against West Ham, Manchester City and Chelsea, three matches in seven days.

However, they go into that series of games on the back of a win and new boss Hasenhuttl is in no doubt of its significance.

At a press conference ahead of the trip to West Yorkshire, he said of the Arsenal win: "I think it helps us to put new stuff in the players' minds. It gives us a little hope for the future. We can see there is more light at the end of the tunnel.

"I think the way to get out of this situation we are in at the moment is a long one and I think the next game, against Huddersfield, is very important for us because we can send a strong signal to ourselves and also to the league that we are not leaning back, but stay working hard and focused on the first away win in a long time."

He added that the team will have every chance of gaining a second successive win if they show the same character, passion and mentality as they did against the Gunners.

They are 8/5 for the win on Saturday with David Wagner's team 21/10 and the draw 21/10.

Hasenhuttl is waiting on the fitness of several players before naming his squad for Saturday's game.

Midfielder Mario Lemina, Nathan Redmond, Jack Stephens, Cedric Soares Ryan Bertrand and Michael Obafemi are all doubts to face the Terriers.

Austin is 6/1 to be the first goalscorer on Saturday while the Saints are 9/2 to be relegated at the end of the season.

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Wagner maintains survival belief

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner has told his players they have to maintain the belief that they can escape the threat of Premier League relegation this season.

The Terriers lie in 18th place in the table following a damaging 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United, but Wagner says he and his squad simply have to dust themselves down and go again, with Town back in action next Saturday when they host fellow strugglers Southampton.

The German told reporters: "We absolutely have to believe that we can turn this around. There have been 17 games played with not enough points, but we have a lot of games to play where we can show we can turn this.

"If you don't believe, then you shouldn't even start the competition. The most important thing is that we believe and that we get our heads clear for the next challenge.

"It is not easy to keep believing when you have so many defeats, so many narrow defeats where you think do we deserve it, but my part is to keep everyone's heads held high.

"We have to make sure our performances are the same level as they have been. At the moment we are playing very well, consistently, but don't have the right result."

Town can be backed at 15/8 to defeat the Saints, while Huddersfield are 2/1 not to be relegated come the end of the season.

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More injury woe for Terriers

David Wagner has revealed that Danny Williams is the latest Huddersfield Town player to have sustained a long-term injury.

The Terriers star has been ruled out for 10 weeks with a medial ligament injury.

Aaron Mooy, Abdelhamid Sabiri and club captain Tommy Smith have all recently been ruled out of action for lengthy spells.

There is some good news for Wagner though as Terence Kongolo (knee) and Jonathan Hogg (groin) are back in training and look set to be available for Saturday's home clash against Newcastle United, a game Huddersfield are 8/5 to win.

"Unfortunately, on Wednesday, Danny Williams got injured as well," said Wagner. "He has a medial ligament injury which is not isolated, so this means he will be longer sidelined than Aaron [Mooy].

"We expect 10 weeks. This is not something which we wanted, to lose three midfield players and Tommy Smith in a week long-term, but this is part of the game. Now it is about how we deal with it."

Williams has only played in four games so far this season but his absence may mean that Juninho Bacuna is handed his first Premier League start this weekend.

Huddersfield are 8/15 to be relegated this season while Newcastle are 11/4 to go down.