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Terriers need to regain that early season spark

Championship: Huddersfield Town v Derby County

By Chloe Horswill

Huddersfield are looking to regain their early season form when they welcome a Derby side who are unbeaten in four games to the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Terriers suffered their first home defeat of the season to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, followed by a 3-1 defeat by Preston at Deepdale.

They are still sitting comfortably in the play-off places and if results go their way and they beat Derby, they could see themselves moving further up the table.

Manager David Wagner has told the media that he trusts his side not to dwell on the past two results as they prepare for their next game.

He said: “We need to look forward, we need to look at where we are and what we have done. I don’t want to leave out the 12 performances before and I have every trust and belief in the character of this group to turn it around and respond.”

Since Steve McClaren’s re-appointment as manager, the Rams have won one and drawn one as they look to move themselves away from the relegation zone.

Despite their current unbeaten run, they have struggled to score goals on the road this season and have only managed to score five in six away fixtures.

Will Hughes suffered a back injury in Derby’s 0-0 draw with Brentford but could be available to start, but fellow midfielder Craig Bryson is unavailable due to suspension.

Defender Marcus Olsson is fit again and could make his return to the starting line-up but Jason Shackell (calf) and forward Nick Blackman (knee) are still unavailable.

Huddersfield have no new injury or suspension concerns going into the game, with only long-term absentee forward Joe Lolley still out with a foot injury.

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