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.

Wagner patient in goals search

Huddersfield boss David Wagner says he will remain patient with his players while admitting they need to score more goals.

The Terriers have lost their last two Premier League games, at home to Brighton and away to Bournemouth leaving them just a point above the bottom three.

Hampering them in their bid to escape from relegation trouble is their worrying lack of goals, they have scored just 10 in 15 league games, the worst in the league.

As they look for their first points of December, away at Arsenal on Saturday, Wagner says he is staying patient.

He told a press conference: "I will be [patient], in the future as well. They are aware, as we all are, that we need goals from our strikers. This is the truth over the season and they have some further games to go to produce these goals.

"They have their chances, they create their chances sometimes for themselves, and now it's all about putting the ball in the net.

"So I still will be patient, I think anything else makes no sense even if we all know we need more goals from our strikers as we need goals from the other positions as well."

Huddersfield are 10/1 to win at the Emirates Stadium with the Gunners 1/4 and the draw 19/4.

Wagner also told the press conference that, though the January transfer window is fast approaching, it wasn't in his thoughts and he was focused on the players already at his disposal.

Huddersfield last beat Arsenal in 1971 and the last time they beat them in London was back in 1954.

The Terriers are 4/7 to be relegated while they are 100/1 to recover and finish in the top half of the Premier League.

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Wagner aims to keep run going

David Wagner has indicated that Mathias Zanka will return to Huddersfield Town's side for Saturday's Premier League match against Brighton.

Zanka was suspended for last weekend's excellent 2-0 victory at Wolves but Wagner has suggested that he will change a winning team and bring the Denmark international back into his starting line-up.

Chris Lowe will definitely miss the match while Terence Kongolo and Laurent Depoitre are doubts because of injuries.

Wagner is keen to extend his side's three-match unbeaten run which has left them at 8/11 to be relegated this season. Meanwhile, the Terriers are 6/4 to beat Brighton and 11/8 to keep a clean sheet against Chris Hughton's side.

"We will fight and work for everything to extend this run, that's our aim," said Wagner.

"It's a difficult task in front of us, like we've seen very often against Brighton, and for this we will be prepared. We are aware we have a big, big chance to get another result against them.

"If Zanka's fit and if Friday's training is fine, then I expect he will be back in the starting XI again.

"Unfortunately, Terence Kongolo is a doubt at the minute and Laurent Depoitre has a groin problem.With all the fixtures that are in front of us in December, we have to keep this in our head and have to be careful to use him only if he's healthy.

"Chris Lowe will miss Saturday's game, for sure."

Mooy double boosts Terriers

Aaron Mooy scored twice for Huddersfield who moved clear of the bottom three with a win away at Wolves.

They won 2-0 with goals in each half by the Australian international, both good efforts from outside the area.

It was the visitors who took the lead after just five minutes, only their seventh goal of the season but arguably their best so far.

Philip Billing moved the ball into the Wolves half and found Erik Durm who did well to cut the ball back for Mooy to hit the ball first time and into the net from the edge of the area.

It was an excellent goal that rocked the home side who took time to get into a rhythm.

It was the visitors who went closest to increasing their lead before half-time with Steve Mounie's header being kept out by Matt Doherty just before the break.

Wolves had failed to impress, lucky to reach the interval just a goal down and they tried to make an immediate impact with a double substitution, Morgan Gibbs-White and Adama Traore on in place of Joao Moutinho and Ivan Cavaleiro.

Despite rarely looking threatening they did almost equalise about 10 minutes into the second half, Traore finding Ruben Neves but his effort was cleared off the line by Billing, goal-line technology ruling the ball had fractionally failed to go over the line.

Billing turned from defence into attack just minutes later when he could have extended the Terriers lead but his shot went past the post.

Wolves were creating a little more, looking threatening on occasions but it was the visitors who increased their lead after 73 minutes.

The Terriers were awarded a free kick outside the area and Mooy scored his and Town's second, bending a low kick round the wall and into the net, Rui Patricio getting a hand to the ball but failing to prevent it going in.

David Wagner's team are up to 14th in the table, Southampton replacing them in the bottom three.

The Terriers are next in action on Saturday when they host Brighton. They are 6/4 for another win while the Seagulls are 21/10 with the draw 19/10.

Town are 6/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Wagner issues Terriers warning

David Wagner has warned his Huddersfield Town players that they will have to perform at their best if they are to gain anything from their trip to Molineux to face Wolves.

The Terriers head into the game in 19th place in the Premier League standings, having won just one of their 12 games played so far this season.

Meanwhile, Wolves have made a positive impression since gaining promotion back to the top-flight, although they have hit the skids in recent weeks, having secured one point from their last four games.

However, despite that blip, Town head coach Wagner is well aware of the class which their hosts possess under his counterpart, Nuno Espirito Santo.

He told reporters: "We are aware that Wolverhampton are anything but a normal promotion team and everybody has seen how strong they are.

"They are a very good side, but we will go and try our best. We will try to win and, if we are to get the result, we have to perform well.

"To get anything out of this game we have to perform on our highest level.

"This is why it's most important to focus on our performance, knowing our performance has to be on the highest level against Wolves."

The two sides last met in the Championship in the 2016/17 season, with Town claiming a 1-0 victory at Molineux thanks to a goal from former Wolves midfielder Rajiv van La Parra.

Huddersfield are available at 10/3 to earn a draw on Sunday, with Wolves 4/1 to win the game 1-0 and 8/11 to keep a clean sheet.

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Wagner drawing on Town spirit

Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner has challenged his side to build on the confidence of finally ending their hunt for a first win of the Premier League season.

The Terriers edged out Fulham 1-0 on Monday evening and Town have a chance to make it two home victories in six days when West Ham head to the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.

However, Wagner is expecting a difficult afternoon against a Hammers outfit who defeated Burnley 4-2 last time out.

He told reporters: "It was one of the most important results after the long period where we were without a win. Our problem was performing at such a high level without scoring goals and winning games.

"We have to come back to our fighting spirit, to our performances of the past. We have to show exactly the same intensity and positive aggression that we showed on Monday and then we can see what we can get out of this game.

"It's anything but easy, but with the togetherness that we have, I have the belief and the confidence that is it possible that we have a chance to be successful again.

"We know the importance of back-to-back wins in the Premier League."

Last season the Irons stormed to a 4-1 victory in West Yorkshire, with Mark Noble, Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini (2) their goalscorers.

Town can be backed at 9/4 to secure a draw on Saturday, with a 1-1 final scoreline available at 11/2, while Huddersfield are 7/4 not to be relegated this season.

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Wagner ready to fight

Huddersfield boss David Wagner said he and his team were ready to fight to try and preserve their Premier League status.

Wagner welcomes his good friend Jurgen Klopp to West Yorkshire on Saturday evening with Liverpool joint top of the table.

Their hosts on Saturday the Terriers are at the other end, sitting in the bottom three without a win yet so far this season.

Seeking a win to take them out of the relegation places, Wagner says the fight is on to try and get some wins on the board.

He told a press conference ahead of the Liverpool game: "We know that we fight to stay in the Premier League. We have the feeling we are competitive and even though we haven't had the best start, everything is tight around us, so game on.

"We will invest everything and we aim to deliver something extraordinary."

Huddersfield are 10/1 to win at the weekend with Liverpool 2/7 and the draw 4/1.

Huddersfield ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a draw against Burnley just before the international break and Wagner says that performance and result gives them belief as they return to league action this weekend.

"We've performed consistently over the last few weeks," he added. "Every game is a new chance, a new opportunity and we have one at home on Saturday. We'd like to use it even if we know it's against one of the top teams."

While the Terriers are yet to win this season, their visitors Liverpool have not lost and sit joint top of the table with Manchester City and Chelsea, all three teams having won six and drawn two of their eight games so far.

Huddersfield are 2/7 to be relegated while Liverpool are 9/4 to win the title at the end of the season.

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Wagner upbeat despite slow start

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner believes there is plenty to be optimistic about despite his side's difficult start to the Premier League campaign.

The West Yorkshire outfit have managed just two points in their first seven games of the season and are still searching for that elusive first win of the campaign.

Wagner feels there have been some real positive signs in their play and hopes the club will start to get rewards for how they have gone about matches.

He told reporters: "You have to be focused on your work, be active, show the passion and desire for the game in front of you; that's the message for my team.

"There are so many good signs for me from this season apart from the table and the points. We have unity, our supporters are still behind the team, our performances in training and matches are on a good level as is the spirit in the dressing room.

"There's so many positive things that gives me all the confidence not to panic and overthink. We know only we can turn it."

Huddersfield will hope their first win of the Premier League season can come on Saturday when they make the trip to Burnley.

The Terriers are 7/2 to win, 21/10 to draw and 11/10 to lose to the Clarets.

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Wagner: Their goals were gifts

David Wagner thought his Huddersfield Town side presented Leicester City with all of their goals as the Terriers slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium.

Town are 4/11 to be relegated this season after failing to win any of their first six Premier League matches while they are 6/1 to end that sequence by beating Tottenham next weekend.

After Mathias Jorgensen had given Huddersfield an early advantage, the Foxes hit back to win thanks to goals by Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison and Jamie Vardy.

A dejected Wagner said after his side's latest setback: "In general it was very disappointing because everyone has seen there was something in this game for us.

"The players performed to a decent level, but we made so many big individual mistakes. Their first goal was a poor touch and we conceded a counter-attack from our own set-play.

"With the second goal we gave away a free-kick in a very dangerous area when we could very easily have cleared the ball and then, for the third one, we produced a missed pass in an area where everybody knows this is not possible against a team like Leicester, because of them playing in behind.

"Jamie Vardy has scored a hundred of these goals, so every single goal we conceded was a present. The opposition didn't have to invest enough to score against us."