Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Potential play-off shoot-out does not worry Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner

Potential play-off shoot-out does not worry Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner

Huddersfield Town may feel as if they've missed their chance to land the first blow against Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-offs.

The favourites may not have offered much going forward at the weekend but Carlos Carvalhal set his side up with the sole objective of leaving the John Smith's Stadium with their clean sheet intact.

Now one of the league's biggest clubs are aiming to return to where they believe they belong after a 17-year absence from the Premier League.

Wednesday failed to register a single shot on target during the match but Carvalhal would have been the happier of the two managers after the game.

Without the complication of away goals, both teams must go all out for victory on what promises to be a captivating evening before a sell-out crowd of over 35,000.

David Wagner wants to leave Huddersfield Town - if the Terriers fail to win promotion this season, The Sun reports [17 May Goals pullout, page 6].

"Experience helps to calm us down and focus on the way we play".

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That being said, they are now in great form and I can only expect that they will also be keen to win this game. As a result, Claudio Ranieri was sacked and Craig Shakespeare replaced him.

Although they created little, boss Carlos Carvalhal will be pleased with how his side soaked up the pressure and kept their positional discipline throughout.

The relentless march of football waits for no club. This has to be the best atmosphere in 45 years and then we have to make sure we take this energy and transform it into energy on the grass.

"He is a player who influences our game a lot".

But the Dutch defender is still wary of the threat posed by a Huddersfield side which have defied expectations this season under David Wagner. We were a bit unlucky with some decisions from the referee or we were not clinical enough in front of the goal.

"They like to play with the ball and score goals, we have played them four times in the last two years so we know what to expect". The Portuguese boss would have wanted more from his side going forward of course, but there is little doubt that they achieved their aim ion the 0-0 draw.

Westwood was also forced into the second meaningful save of the game, after 71 minutes, when he deflected a Wells shot behind after another energetic attack down the Huddersfield left.

The Terriers went into the game looking to end a seven-match winless streak against the Owls and the visitors struggled to cope with their intensity in the opening exchanges. "We don't have to manage the result or something, for me a good result against Wednesday is a win and nothing else".

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