David looking for improvement at St. Andrew's
- David Wagner previews Birmingham City game
- Head Coach wants to build on first two performances
- David heralds return of three players to the squad
Despite performances against Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough that have impressed many Huddersfield Town fans, Head Coach David Wagner is looking for a change when his side takes on Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s on Saturday.
Talking to the assembled media on Thursday evening, the German is looking to build on the ‘solid base’ of his first two games in charge – but wants a change in results.
“At first, I think about the things we have to make better – not the things we are pleased about,” David explained.
“I am happy with our development, of course, but I also know we are only on the way. We are making our first steps and there is a very long way to go. That’s on our fitness; how we try to build up our game and how we try to defend.
“The players who were not with us in Spain need a little bit more time to get our ideas, but this is totally normal. We will give them the time and work with them, as we did in the past with the other players.
“We have a lot of work to do, but the atmosphere is much more positive than it usually is after two defeats. Everybody knows we are going the right way, but equally everybody knows we have to change something and work on things because we don’t get results.
“The message is very clear; it is what I said right after the game on Saturday and again on Sunday after we watched a few clips. We have to change something, because we have to score goals and get results. Everybody knows we are on the right way, but that we have to change something to be more clinical. It’s very good that nobody is satisfied; this is perfect for work.”
The Blues enter this weekend’s game against the Terriers in the Championship Play-Off positions, but Wagner is focused on targets for his team to achieve this weekend.
He continued: “We’ve had a good training week until this moment; intensive, hard work. We feel that we are prepared for the game against Birmingham. It will be a hard match and we will have to work very hard to get the performance and result – but this is what we will do.
“We have a lot of targets for Saturday that we will try to get. We would like to have our first clean sheet together and we would like to get our first points through our first victory. We know that we will have to work very hard for this, but I’m sure we will do this.”
Wagner has Mustapha Carayol (ineligible) and Harry Bunn (suspension) back for Saturday’s game and heralded the importance of having all his players to choose from.
“I think they did a good job against Sheffield before being out for the game against Middlesbrough. Then Joe Lolley, Sean Scannell and Jamie Paterson did a good job in this game, so everybody has the right to say ‘here I am, I did a good job’ to me.
“We will make a decision for Saturday, which depends on what we have seen in training in the past week and will see on Friday. Sometimes it depends on a feeling on what will be the right decision for us in this game.
“It is important that everybody is in good form and these five players are, just like the team. It is also important that everybody has good fitness, because soon we have game after game and we will need everybody. Everybody will get playing time, for sure.
“I’m not a person who only uses 11 players in every game; if everybody has a good fitness level and is in good form, I like rotation. That makes sure that everybody is fresh and hungry.
“For me, it is important to get 100% in the whole game and to have these players on the bench that can make a difference if somebody is a bit tired. My idea is that we don’t have 11 men – we have 14 each Saturday. It is very important that everyone knows this.
“We have a lot of healthy players in good form that we are able to work with. On the injury side, we are in a good position at the moment.”
Another man back in the frame for the Terriers is striker Ishmael Miller and David took time to explain his thoughts on the former Blackpool forward.
“Ishmael (Miller) is back since Sunday, so he’s had a whole training week. If nothing special happens, he will be part of the squad on Saturday.
“I’m very happy Ishmael is back with the training group; he is a different type and has something special he can bring to our game. We have to work with him so he gets the right idea of what we want to bring to the pitch with and without the ball, but he has very good potential.”
However, Wagner is definitely without a two players this weekend
“Joel Lynch is injured, but he will train with me for the first time tomorrow (Friday). Hopefully we will get the whole of next week to have a look at him.
“Philip Billing is making progress also, but I think he will need another two weeks before he is able to be with us. He is on the grass at the moment.”
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