Huddersfield vs Preston Build-up

Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley has stressed the importance of staying level-headed despite his side’s current good form, Speaking ahead of Saturdays game against high flying Preston North End.


Cowley reiterated that the focus isn’t on Playoffs or promotion, despite Town only sitting 9 points outside the top 6 and topping the form charts over the last seven games.


“For us it’s just 50 points and aiming to get to 50 points, were certainly not getting ahead of ourselves, our targets haven’t changed whatsoever.


The focus is still retaining our place in this division and until that is achieved, we won’t even contemplate anything else”, Danny Cowley said.


He also spoke about how big a miss Jonathan Hogg is going to be in midfield. The 30-year-old will be missing through suspension after picking up 5 yellow cards.


The former Lincoln City manager acknowledged how big a miss he will be but also touched on who might replace him.


“Jonathan has been excellent, terrific against Barnsley, running us into the game single handedly, we will miss him come Saturday, that’s for sure.


“We will obviously have to make a change in there because Hogg has played every game since we’ve been here. We will look at Preston, their strengths and try to pick the right team accordingly”.


Cowley is hoping his players can take the basics they did so well in last week’s excellent away win at Brentford into the Preston game.


“We were pleased with our performance on Saturday, our grit and determination, the work without the ball, as well as the way we defended against a good Brentford team.


“Preston are a different proposition, a really good team but I have a game plan that fits the profile of the players that they have”.


Both Cowley and Midfielder Juninho Bacuna were nominated for EFL awards. In his first full month as a Championship manager Cowley went on to win Manager of the Month but he was quick to shift the focus and praise onto Bacuna.


“We are pleased for Juninho, he’s had a tough start to the season but since we’ve come in he’s been great.


For us it’s about managing performances he’s a boy with so many tools and we’re working with him on using the right tools at the right time. In terms of Manager of the Month, it’s a collective reward for team and staff and it’s nice to be nominated because it usually means the team are doing well and supporters are happy.”


Huddersfield go into today’s game full of confidence but aware that Preston is the biggest test they’ve faced on their run. Apart from Hogg and Jaylen Brown who has been out for some time Huddersfield go into the game with a clean bill of health and will be hoping that their depth can help add to the first eleven’s effort and get them the victory.


Match Report will follow later.


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