As the 2017/18 Premier League season moves into the closing stages the relegation battle is where the excitement is at. With Man City miles clear the battle for the title is as good as over. However, any one of 9 clubs could feasibly still go down, and one of those teams is Huddersfield.
David Wagner's side surprised many with some of the results they achieved in the first half of the season. However, the second half has not matched up and they have won just twice since the 12th of December. They lost 2-0 to relegation rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday, but Wagner claims Huddersfield aren't panicking…yet.
Wagner Aware Of Huddersfield Problems
David Wagner spoke passionately about the situation his team is in after their defeat to Palace. He said: “To be totally honest I don't have the feeling that the players are starting to panic. I think first of all we have to separate each game from another.
“In the last game against Swansea we were unlucky hit the post, hit the bar, anything. Today we underperformed, but we know exactly what was our mistake today and if you know what went wrong you relatively easily can deal with it.”
He continued: “You struggle if you don’t know your problem. Against Palace it was obvious; we were always one or two yards too late, because we were not good enough in ball possession. There is no reason to panic because we know exactly what we have done wrong and we have done it much better this season already.”
Given that they are operating on a shoestring budget and combined with the fact it is their first season in the top flight, it is safe to say that Huddersfield have over-performed in the Premier League this season.
In pre-season they were labelled as favourites for the drop by many experts. Now, with just 7 games to go, they are 3 points clear of the drop zone and their fate is in their own hands. If they do manage to stay up it will go down as a huge achievement for Wagner, his staff and most of all, his players.