Match Preview: Huddersfield Town vs Birmingham City

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Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner states that the aim for the FA Cup this season is to go as far as possible, but does know that performance levels need to be at their best.

The Terriers go into the Emirates FA Cup fourth round fixture at home to Championship strugglers Birmingham City.

“The FA Cup is a great competition and we want to be involved for as long as we can; for his we have to perform to be successful.” Wagner said.

Wagner reiterated that the priority for the team is the league but he would not let that get in the way of this weekends game in the domestic cup competition.

“The priority for us is the Premier League because that’s our daily work but for this weekend our priority is the FA Cup. We want to be successful.

“Everyone likes to be successful and this is the case for us. Every win, no matter competition, helps you gain confidence and belief. Success is competitive football matches is why we are all working here.”

The former Borussia Dortmund coach is wary of the threat that their opponents Birmingham City will carry and won’t let the fact of the Blues league position decide the way his team are going to play.

“We will not judge Birmingham City on the league table. We’ve seen a lot of their games and are aware of their strengths. They have proper Championship players in their team and we will give them all the respect they deserve.”

“This group of players have to over perform to be successful, it was that case last season in the Championship and it’s the same case now in the Premier League.”

There was also update on the injury front too, only Elias Katchunga who is deemed not fit according to David Wagner.

“Everybody is healthy apart from Katchunga. Jon Stanković has been in training for one and a half weeks but this match is too early for him. The only position I can confirm is that Joel Coleman will start if everything goes to plan.”

Aaron Mooy who has not been at his best lately including a tough defeat away to Stoke City in the Premier League, is looking tired and the Huddersfield Town Head Coach agrees;

Even I have seen that Aaron Mooy looked tired in the last few games; we’ve managed him individually in the last week and we have to continue to do so to get him back to his best.”

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