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Huddersfield Town chief evaluates Swansea City threat in survival battle.

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Andre Breitenreiter, Huddersfield Town’s head coach, has called for “total concentration” from his players as they attempt to earn a much-needed victory over Swansea City tomorrow afternoon.

The Terriers return to the John Smith’s Stadium to face the mid-table Swans in the first of two crucial home games for Breitenreiter’s team over the next two weekends.

Town have three matches left to keep their Championship status. Following tomorrow’s game, they will visit fellow relegation contenders Birmingham City in a critical encounter at the bottom of the table, before finishing the season against promotion-chasing Ipswich Town on May 4.

The Terriers are third from the bottom of the standings, with 44 points from 43 games, and are one point shy of the drop zone entering tomorrow’s encounter.

“We had a normal week, so we needed two days to relax and recover, to keep mentally fresh after the game last Saturday,” Breitenreiter said in a statement. “We were all sad and outraged (after the 1-1 draw against Bristol City last Saturday), because we all knew it was the wrong choice.

“Then we began the week with strong motivation; every player who is available to play on Saturday is fit. There is no new information on injuries, so we will concentrate on Swansea.

“It’s a fantastic team; they play good aggressive football. They are incredibly skilled in their style of play, and they have won the last two games.

“Like the last few weeks, we have always had the opportunity to win games, and we need the quality on the pitch to demonstrate that across 90 minutes, particularly in defending Swansea’s chances, but also in creating chances and scoring goals. Then we have a great opportunity to win.

“We focus on the first game. Because of the home game against Birmingham, it’s apparent that we can stay in the league.

“It’s not necessary to watch the other results, but we have to win the next two games, and then we can decide what happens in Ipswich, but first and foremost, we must focus on Swansea.”

“The remaining games are a long way off. Swansea had tremendous concentration against a strong opponent, but we need absolute attention to win this game.”

Last weekend’s late defeat at Ashton Gate pushed Town back into the relegation zone, with Breitenreiter’s team earning one point from consecutive away visits to the Robins and Preston North End.

Despite the Terriers having only won one of their past nine games, Breitenreiter believes his team’s performance has improved recently, but the head coach said that Town hasn’t scored enough goals to win more frequently.

“We showed the last few weeks when we play to our principles, to press forward in the right moment, to have a good structure in the game – and this is what we had to learn the last few weeks – now it’s much, much better,” said the Terriers’ head coach.

“We are organised, and we are lot better at producing opportunities. I believe the club has grown and developed in practically every stat over the last several weeks, but we need to score more goals to win close games. This is a problem throughout the season, as there are too many draws.

“We keep working, we try our hardest, and Swansea is a tough opponent, but we proved that three points can be earned in every game. For that, we need everything from the squad, from the fans, and from everyone in town.”

 

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