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SIEWERT: WE HAVE TO KEEP THE FIGHTING SPIRIT

21 February 2019

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Jan Siewert speaks ahead of Town’s match against Newcastle United

- Jan Siewert previews Newcastle United versus Huddersfield Town
- Head Coach reveals latest team news ahead of Premier League game
- Watch the full press conference on #HTTV+

Huddersfield Town Head Coach Jan Siewert explained how useful the last two weeks have been for his team.

With the Terriers no longer competing in the Emirates FA Cup, Town had a weekend without a game, which gave Jan Siewert longer with his players at the training ground.

Town’s Head Coach detailed how beneficial the extra training time has been for his group.

“It was quite useful because we could work on things that we have already started as we had time between games.

“On Saturday we also had the opportunity to play 11 vs 11 within our squad and we had some Academy players joining us, so it was a good time for me to have an overview.”

There are 12 Premier League games left this season and Town sits 14 points adrift from safety, however, that stat doesn’t deter the belief of Jan Siewert.

“We have 12 games left and in each game there’s always a chance; that’s the way I look at it. The important thing for me is that we take each game separately.

“We don’t feel like we have freedom because we aren’t satisfied with our situation; that’s why you can’t play with freedom. It’s all about our excitement about playing the next game.

“As long as something is mathematically possible, I will fight for it. Everyone who is working here, every day I come here and enjoy working with everyone here, everyone deserves that we stay in the Premier League. We have to keep the fighting spirit.”

The next chance for Siewert and his side is Newcastle United, who currently sit 16th in the Premier League table.

Town’s Head Coach detailed what he expects from the game.

“There will be many things that he will have done with his team to play against us, working on many things. I have also done it because I had the possibility to watch them against Wolverhampton.

“Physically they are a very strong team. With Rondon they have a tall target player, so we have to be careful with that.

“They mostly play with a back three or a back five using wing backs up high, which is a situation we face. There are solutions against it.”

Ahead of the game, Jan Siewert also detailed the latest team news.

“They are back, hopefully fully healthy now. Kache (Elias Kachunga) had a bit of flu in the week, but it wasn’t as serious as those two. They are fine and training, which is good news for us.

“Isaac (Mbenza) is on time with his recovery. Danny Williams is in training and today he trained for the full session, sometimes we have to reduce it and take care of him, but he is in training and improving from his injury.

“You can’t replace game fitness with training, so that’s why Hamid Sabiri played with the Academy.”

You can watch clips from the press conference below on #HTTV!

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