As with any major professional sport, football has to contend with the mindset of “what have you done for me lately?” Arsene Wenger is one of the more high profile ‘victims’ of this, but David Wagner undoubtedly empathizes after recent events.
After winning eight of their first 11 games of the season, Huddersfield Town found themselves leading the Championship. Unfortunately for the team, circumstances have taken a turn for the worse since those heady times back at the start of October.
The Terriers are currently enduring a nightmare run of just one win and four points in their past six fixtures. Highlighting the recent struggles, was an embarrassing 5-0 defeat away to Fulham.
As a result, Wagner is start to receive criticism from fans and media alike, as he attempts to get Huddersfield back on track. And while the team are still sitting in fourth place, having the worst goal difference in the top half of the table doesn’t make for good optics.
Regardless, the 45-year old refuses to be deterred by the naysayers. In fact, he could care less what they think.
Speaking to Doug Thomson of The Huddersfield Examiner and the rest of the media on Thursday, Wagner said: “We can’t change what people think about us, and for me it’s irrelevant….things like this doesn’t help me in my daily work, so I don’t think about it.”
In fairness to Wagner, his attitude is the right one to take, likely honed from nearly three decades in the professional game: “You can look back over six games, 10 or all the 17 we have played.
“At the end we are where we are – we can’t change that. We can only go forward and try to do the right things.”
Of course, this doesn’t change the fact the former striker has to right the ship sooner rather than later. It is imperative that Huddersfield maintains their challenge for the Holy Grail, aka as promotion to the Premier League.
Adding to the mounting pressure, the Terriers could conceivably be as low as seventh by the time they play Wigan Athletic. With the game being played on Monday, fellow contenders have the opportunity to move ahead of them at the weekend.
In truth, Huddersfield should be able to take care of a Wigan side which currently finds themselves second bottom in the table. Throw in the fact they are tied for fewest goals in the Championship, and it’s all set up for Wagner and his team to return to winning ways.
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What’s your take for Monday’s game? Do you see it as being a straightforward win, or are you concerned about the threat Wigan may pose, especially with Huddersfield’s recent run of poor form? Let us know in the comments section below.