Huddersfield desperate for return to form after recent slump

By Jake Ashby

Huddersfield Town go into this weekend’s fixture against Bristol City looking for an upturn of form after five games without a win.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson extended his contract with the club this week and will hope to build on his side’s 2-0 victory over Ipswich.

The Terriers drew away at Blackburn but will take confidence from the fact they have scored in each of their last nine home league games against Bristol City.

Manager David Wagner has seen his side fall out of the play-offs, but despite the lack of results Wagner remains adamant the main focus for his side is the performance.

Wagner told htafc.com: “Win, draw or lose, the first and the main focus has to be on our performance.”

He added: “We are strong enough to bring our identity against whichever opponent on the grass and then we have to make sure that we win the football matches.”

The Terriers welcome back Tommy Smith after the fullback served a one game suspension. However Mark Hudson and Sean Scannell remain absent through injury.

The visitors head into the weekend relatively injury free, with the only likely absence being midfielder Gary O’Neil, who is recovering from a damaged toe.

The Robins will feel buoyant after managing to win both league fixtures against Huddersfield last season, the first time they have done so since 1959. However, head coach Johnson isn’t underestimating his opponents going into the game, despite their recent run of poor form.

Johnson told bcfc.co.uk: “I think their recent results haven’t told the full story and I still feel they’ll go into tomorrow’s game with confidence, on the back of that Blackburn performance.”

He added: “They’re a good side, who have a very fluid and efficient style. I actually think, in terms of development, both teams are very evenly matched in where they currently are.”

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