Match Preview: Everton v Huddersfield

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Aidan Jones visits PPG Canalside to gauge the reaction of Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner ahead of the Terriers’ visit to Everton on Saturday.

After three consecutive defeats, Huddersfield Town will be looking to change the fortunes around tomorrow when they face an Everton side who picked up a rare 4-0 victory mid week.

David Wagner has admitted some of the defeats have not come as a surprise, saying he expected his side to lose games in the Premier League.  

“It should not be a surprise to people for Huddersfield Town to concede defeats in the Premier League. It is not what we like and not what we want but I was aware that this can happen, and it happened.” Wagner said.

Following the Arsenal game, Wagner believes that although they were beaten by a top team, his squad also needs to take some responsibility for the defeat.

“We have analysed what went wrong. We played a small part in why this defeat happened as well as Arsenal being a top team. We analyse it and move on.” he added.

Wagner has said that he is not focusing on the opponent on Saturday, and instead says he is more interested in what his side can do, despite a late managerial appointment at Goodison Park this week.

“We are maybe more focused on ourselves because they have changed the manager. We can show everyone what theory we have in our heads when we play on the tomorrow.” Wagner said.

Wagner’s Terriers have picked up fifteen points in the first fourteen games of the season so far and the German believes that he and his side have learnt in every game.

“I am learning every day, and adapting every day. We would have taken the points that we have now at this stage in the season, we are happy.” he told the press at PPG Canalside.

“I think everything that has happened so far, is what we had in our head.  I still think that we are in a position from where we can continue but we have to do better in front of the opponent’s goal. Wagner continued.

Town have conceded 24 goals so far this season and Wagner said that it needs to be addressed.

“We need to try and concede less goals than we have done in the past few games. We have shown we can do this which is why I have a lot of confidence in them.

One of the players Wagner hopes can steady the Terriers’ slide is striker Steve Mounie, signed from French side Montpellier in the summer, and Wagner says that Mounié has nearly reached the levels that he was performing to before he picked up an injury against West Ham in September.

“I think he played at least sixty or seventy minutes on a high level and then he did start to get tired. I think this is important for this to continue, because after the next normal week, we have a week again with another mid-week game where we need everybody to play a part.” Wagner said.

The former Dortmund coach believes that he is in a position to help the team gain results in the busy fixture congestion period.

“I am very happy that he is back on the performance level that he showed before his injury. We will need him in this very busy period that we have in front of us.” he added.

Sam Allardyce has been in charge of Everton for less than a week, with Town’s visit to Goodison Park Allardyce’s first taste of the Toffees’ dugout, but Wagner is confident that he knows how the former England manager will set up his team.

“Even if I have only been in England now for a little over two years, I know how he [Allardyce] sets his team up and I do not think that there will be any surprises.”

Going into the game against the Merseyside club, Wagner believes that his team will need to keep Wayne Rooney quiet after the former Manchester United came up with a hat-trick in mid week against the Hammers.

“I think on Wednesday he found his role and we have to make sure that we keep him and the rest of the team quiet.” he said.

Huddersfield Town visit Goodison Park on Saturday to take on Everton, kick off 3pm.

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