David Wagner hopes FA Cup can help Huddersfield rediscover their form
The Terriers’ only victory in the last 10 matches came in the cup at Bolton.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner hopes the FA Cup replay at Birmingham can help get their season back on track.
The Terriers’ only victory in the last 10 matches came in the cup at Bolton in the third round as a slump in form has seen them drop to second-bottom of the Premier League.
They have lost once in their last six meetings with the Sky Bet Championship side and Wagner accepts his team remain the favourites for the tie at St Andrews – an occasion he feels they should embrace.
“Every win in every competition helps bring a positive mood or positive atmosphere, even if we try to keep it as positive as we can when we concede defeats,” he said.
“We know exactly what we have to do and exactly what we want to do. We are focused on our day-to-day work and will try our best.
“We like to compete and be successful against Birmingham away.
“We have a lot of respect for what they have done but the expectation is that we win because we are the Premier League side.”
A home tie against Manchester United awaits in the fifth round and Wagner would love nothing else than to repeat the feat of their surprise win over the Red Devils in October which inflicted Jose Mourinho’s first defeat of the season.
But the Terriers boss knows he and his players cannot afford to get ahead of themselves.
“This is the not the easiest occasion but if we want to play Manchester United again we have to win,” added Wagner, who plans to make some changes for the tie.
“We’d love to progress to play Manchester United at the John Smiths Stadium again, this is what we are playing for.
“This is a present you get when you come through – this is a nice present. We have had this once this season and we’d like to have it again.
“But we should not look too far ahead. It’s all about the cup and Birmingham.
“We had our opportunities when we played them and we didn’t use it. Now we have another opportunity.
“(It’s important we) don’t start to over-think situations and don’t start to panic. We have to show exactly what we like to do and what we have to do.”