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Christopher Schindler: Immense Huddersfield fans key to survival chances

Huddersfield defender Christopher Schindler believes the club's "electric" home support is key to their Premier League survival chances.

A sold-out John Smith's Stadium has roared the Terriers to three home league wins and two draws this season and they will bid to snap a four-game losing run when they return there on Saturday to face Brighton.

Town have not fared well on the road. Recent defeats at Bournemouth, Arsenal and Everton have seen them slide down the table, but Schindler feels another full house at their stronghold can help them bounce back.

"This is unbelievable," the German said. " In this period now, where we have dropped a few games and not just the result wasn't good, but the performance wasn't great, the support has still been immense and that's what we need to have a chance of staying up.

"As a team we all talk about it in the changing rooms and we're impressed by how big the support is in every single home game, it's electric.

"We need this to put pressure on the opponents and the referee or on the performances of opposing players. That's maybe the reason why we have our home form, which we also had last season."

Central defender Schindler, who continues to blossom in the Premier League after arriving from 1860 Munich in the summer of 2016, said the expectation of some clubs' fans can have a negative impact.

"At my former club, it's quite comparable to Leeds here maybe - big past, a lot of expectation and expectation that's not in the real world," he said.

"It was like that (at 1860 Munich), so there was a lot of frustration as well and when we weren't doing well in the second division, the atmosphere put pressure on the home side.

"Here it's totally different as everyone knows where we've come from and this makes it way easier."

Schindler played down reports this week that he was homesick, but said it was not uncommon for overseas players to miss friends and family, particularly at Christmas.

"It's important for me to say what I meant and I was on about things like Christmas, when there are days when you miss your family and home," he said.

"I'm not the only one here who feels homesick because it's something that's natural for every human being.

"That's what I wanted to say. But I wouldn't make a big thing of it because it's not. I'm feeling really comfortable here."

Brighton, back in the top flight themselves after automatic promotion, currently sit four places and two points above Huddersfield.

But David Wagner's side, beaten by only Tottenham and Manchester City at the John Smith's this season, can leapfrog them in the table if they secure another precious home win.

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