Q&A With Huddersfield Town

  • January 01, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Simon Micklethwaite answers our questions, ahead of the 102nd meeting between Bolton and Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Monday, while the Terriers were held Queens Park Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road later that afternoon.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Simon (@simonmick1) shares his views on the impact made by new manager David Wagner, the form of highly-rated Nahki Wells, as well as which player Bolton need to keep hold of if they are to stand any chance of avoiding a drop into League One.

Q: Chris Powell was sacked as Huddersfield boss in November, just weeks after a 4-1 victory over Bolton where there seemed to be very little pressure on his future. What did you make of his dismissal and what are the expectations on his successor, David Wagner?

A: Chris Powell is a decent manager. At the time, I thought the sacking was harsh in terms of results but it is about more than that. His football was dull and crowds were dropping. The club needed a lift.

Also, the club's strategy is about developing young players in order to sell one or two on - something Powell wasn't doing. There was a feeling the young and creative players were being held back by the previous regime.

Wagner is expected to play a more expansive, attacking style, take a few more risks to win games and to introduce and develop some of the younger players so, hopefully, one or two might be worth a few quid in the future.

Q: The Terriers have picked up three wins from their last six games, moving four points clear of the relegation zone in the process. We've already covered expectations, so what has Wagner done to change the fortunes of the club?

A: Gladly, Wagner has done just what I've outlined above. We are now playing more open, attractive football, taking more risks to win games - only one draw in his eight games so far - and, undoubtedly, we have some talented young players who are being given chance and freedom to express themselves.

Wagner has given everyone at the club a lift with his positive, attacking approach. It is in complete contrast to the previous regime.

Q: Nahki Wells leads the goalscoring charts, with eight to his name so far this season - including three in his last two games. After coming in for slight criticism prior to ths season's reverse fixture, is he finally turning into the player you once hoped for?

A: Nahki Wells is a great example of the influence of the new manager.

Previously, he was in and out of the team which affected his confidence. Now he's playing most games, scoring goals and thriving on the confidence the manager has shown in him.

I think it's all about belief and playing regular games for Nahki.

Q: Speaking of goals, Wanderers have struggled this season and have found the net just 19 times in 24 games. Gary Madine and Liam Feeney lead the way with four goals each, but do either of them stand out as our biggest threat or does somebody else come to mind?

A: I think the answer to this question is obvious. Bolton's star man must be Zach Clough.

He makes all the difference when he's fit and just needs to play more games. He's definitely the dangerman.

Q: After a difficult few weeks at Macron Stadium, the emotion poured out of manager Neil Lennon following Monday's win over Blackburn Rovers. Do you think that result can be used to springboard a run of form, or is Championship survival likely beyond us this season?

A: It was a huge win against Blackburn. I did think after the Rotherham game that Bolton looked down and out, but that win has given you a chance.

I still think it'll be tough, though, especially as I gather players will be sold in January to pay bills.

Keeping Clough must be vitally important if you have any chance of staying up.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: Bolton's home record suggests they are hard to beat, so I'm expecting a tough game.

But if Huddersfield play like they have in last couple of weeks, I think they'll win.

Bolton 1-2 Huddersfield.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Simon for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @simonmick1.

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