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WAGNER: WE’RE TRYING TO BUILD AN IDENTITY

26 February 2016

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David looks ahead to Saturday’s home game

- David Wagner previews Ipswich Town game
- Head Coach praises 2016/17 Season Card prices
- Wagner gives an injury update

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner is looking for his side to show it’s fighting spirit for the full 90 minutes when Ipswich Town comes to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.

Town’s Head Coach said his side was poor on that front in the first half of the midweek draw at MK Dons and believes his players need to show they have learned from that experience against Mick McCarthy’s outfit.

Before discussing this weekend’s game against the Tractor Boys, David shared his views on the 2016/17 Season Card deal revealed by the Club on Friday morning.

"I am happy our Chairman has decided that part of the money we get from the new TV deal goes back straight to our supporters. 

“All players and managers want more supporters, because the crowd can be crucial and have a positive influence. This is a great thing.

"This game only lives because of the supporters. Our chairman is making sure that our game lives as long as possible. 
 
"We are trying to build an identity. We are just at the beginning, but it's very exciting to see what the next step will be. It's a very exciting time.”  

Wagner will be without the services of promising midfielder Philip Billing at the weekend as the 19 year-old Dane begins a three match suspension. He was sent off at MK Dons in midweek, with Town’s appeal against the decision being turned down in the week.

"Of course he isn't happy, but it’s part of gaining experience. I will have a chat with him again today. 

"When I look back over the past couple of games, he has impressed. He is an extraordinary talent and now it's all about experience. When he returns for the derby against Leeds, he will be as fresh as he can be in his head and his legs.”

The Head Coach went on to say that the experienced Dean Whitehead is likely to come into midfield in Billing’s absence; a man he feels could help in Saturday’s tough game against Ipswich. 

“Our job to find solutions for new problems. Dean is first choice to come in if everything goes well today; I expect Dean will start tomorrow.

"Ipswich are very physical, direct and typically English in the style they play, so it is a good decision and solution to have our two best fighters in the team; our two real Terriers, Jonathan Hogg and Dean Whitehead. 

“I think tomorrow we will be aggressive enough. If we can show our physical side, then we will have a chance. With the ball we will be able to create moments to score, but our first target is to be aggressive.

“Tomorrow it's important that we show our identity; our Terriers identity. That is the most important thing in our performance. Everybody know Ipswich has lost five of the last six games, but that doesn't make our challenge easier tomorrow. We have to be totally focused.”

David also explained that Joe Lolley could join the injured Sean Scannell (knee) and Emyr Huws (ankle) on the sidelines at the weekend:

"’Scanz’ will probably be back to training with the team in the next week and Emyr will take one week longer, so I think at the moment Sean is a little bit further than Ems is.
 
“We have a question mark around Joe Lolley, who has some problems with his calves. At the moment, he is the only question.”  

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