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David Wagner reveals Huddersfield's plans for Birmingham Cit

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David Wagner reveals Huddersfield's plans for Birmingham City clash


สโบเบท Huddersfield boss David Wagner has revealed that he plans changes for the game with Brmingham City.

The manager confirmed to our colleagues at the Huddersfield Examiner that only one player is guaranteed to play - goalkeeper Joel Coleman.

Wagner, of course, was the subject of an investigation after making extensive changes to his league team at Birmingham last season, when Town had already qualified for the play-offs.

Now, as the Blues visit the John Smith’s Stadium in the fourth round of the famous old competition, Wagner says everyone is fit apart from Elias Kachunga and Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

The likes of Phil Billing, Abdelhamid Sabiri and Collin Quaner seem shoo-ins for the starting line-up, but Wagner says his team won’t be finalised until after Friday’s training sessions.

“To be honest, the final decision hasn’t been made, but it will definitely be an opportunity for some players to get some minutes,” said the boss.

“We did it in the last round against Bolton Wanderers but there will not be any decision until the last training session on Friday.

“It’s all about how we can keep everybody healthy while also making sure we are in the next round.

“We have had a good week so far with a lot of healthy players in training and, hopefully, we can make the right decisions in terms of selection for Saturday to be successful.

“Everybody is healthy apart from Elias Kachunga and Jon Gorenc Stankovic, who has been back in training for the past one and a half weeks but it is too early for him to be considered.

“The only thing I can confirm, is that if everything goes according to plan then Joel Coleman will start in goal on Saturday.

“That is the only position I have got my head around – anything else is open.

“Rotation happens anytime for us, cup or league, I don’t rotate to keep the players happy – I only rotate if I have the feeling it makes sense and we are successful and the players are able to perform.

“I remember making a lot of changes against Birmingham last season before we went into the play-offs – it created big headlines, but who cares? Not me,” he said.

“I make all my decisions for the favour of this football club to be as successful as we can be."

Birmingham City striker Sam Gallagher believes he is starting to use his power as much as his pace after hitting the goal trail for Blues.

The on-loan forward has flourished since moving back into a central striking role with five goals in his last seven matches.

However, the 22-year-old says his new-found form isn’t just because of where he is playing - but how .

He says he is starting to ‘give back’ the stick he receives from defenders having been urged by manager Steve Cotterill to be more physical.

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“When you cross that white line it’s having that aggression because you are against centre halves that have played in the league a few years and they know the little tricks they can do against you,” he said.

“I think it’s just about giving it back a little bit - and yeah, being a bit more aggressive.

“It’s just a mentality thing, just putting it on the pitch and wanting to win.

“Coming through the age groups I was always able to use my size, I was always tall for my age but reasonably quick as well.

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“I think that’s one thing that maybe surprises teams - and maybe why I don’t play as much on being tall because I know I can make movements and run in behind as well. สโบเบท

“If you can bump defenders around that’s another string to my bow - that’s something that will only help and something the manager has said to me ‘be more aggressive’ and it’s paying off.”

But he also attributes his goal return to the team working more as a collective.

Certainly that was the case at Preston last time out where Blues drew 1-1 and Gallagher was given a simple finish after Jacques Maghoma won the ball off the last defender.

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“It’s down to our overall desire and passion throughout the pitch.

“You see the goal we scored on Saturday, everyone single one of us was travelling forward and looking to press the ball.

“The way that Mags won it, I think that just typifies what we are about at the moment.

“The fact he could have scored it himself but passed it to me is another thing that shows our togetherness.”

That draw meant Blues have taken four of their last six available points away from home - and they have lost just one of their last five matches.

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And while they remain in the bottom three - and ex-MK Dons and Blackburn man Gallagher considers his third relegation battle in as many seasons - he is adamant it’s a battle his current team-mates can win.

“I joined Birmingham City - like a lot of players - in the genuine belief that we will be a team that can compete at the highest level in this league.

“It’s been tough for the club and tough for the players, there’s been a lot of chopping and changing but I think we are starting to show our potential.

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“It’s one of the most difficult leagues because each teams beats one another. You can’t go to a place and expect to win.

“Last year at Blackburn we beat Newcastle twice being bottom of the league - and that wouldn’t happen in any other league and just shows how each result can vary.

“We feel like we have got what it takes to get out of this position.

“Belief being a very major factor. That’s one thing that has been drummed into us by the manager as well.

“We need to believe in ourselves and how good we are because we can do it.

“If we go behind now it’s almost a bit of a shock because we don’t feel we deserve it, we feel like we are well in games, we are on top of teams - that was the case on Saturday.

“[At Preston] It maybe took us ten minutes after conceding to sort ourselves out again but when it came to the second half I thought we were brilliant.”
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