Blake Welton from the Huddersfield Examiner gives us an insight into Saturday’s opponents at the John Smith’s Stadium.
An assessment of the season so far?
It was always going to be tough and nobody thought it would be easy to make the step up – especially as a side who went up via the play-offs. There’s not really been any surprises in either the performances or the results.
Everyone knew that the home form would be key for the side this season and so far that’s proven to be true.
Home form has been relatively strong this season – only losses against Man City and Tottenham?
They pushed Manchester City all the way and were unlucky to come away from that game without anything. Tottenham is one of the steepest learning curves that you’re going to get in this league but other than that, it has been good and with the help of the crowd they’ve done really well.
Even though they’ve lost the four matches, I don’t think that’s the end of the world because as a newly-promoted side coming into the top flight you’re always going to get those sorts of runs.
Before the win over Manchester United they’d lost the previous seven games in all competitions and nobody excepted them to win – they’ve played good opposition in those games too and the only one that was disappointing was against Everton.
A word on David Wagner – done a remarkable job in getting them there?
He’s done a phenomenal job – he’s changed and revolutionised everything both on and off the pitch. The training regime, diets and fitness have all changed and he has to take credit for everything that’s happened.
Dean Hoyle even said at the start of the season that whatever happens in this campaign he’d have a job at the end of the season – but clearly he’s hungry to be successful so he’ll be looking to do that regardless.
Will they stay up?
It has to be the target for all the promoted sides who’re all near each other in the table. Whether that means 14th or 17th it has to be the goal. Then take inspiration from sides like Watford and Burnley and try to kick on in the coming campaigns.
I think they will stay up – there are worse sides in my opinion. If you look at the table and who they’ve played, I think they’ll be ok.