'Game on' for Huddersfield after goalless first-leg draw
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 16:14
David Wagner is confident Huddersfield can put an end to their Sheffield Wednesday hoodoo in the Championship play-off semi-finals.
These two sides played out a goalless draw at Huddersfield in the first leg.
Forestieri has been used sparingly since his return from a knee injury, but Carvalhal feels the forward can be the difference as they push for a place in the Premier League.
The second period followed an identical pattern, with the hosts in control and finally they tested Westwood in the Wednesday goal 10 minutes after the restart.
Now one of the league's biggest clubs are aiming to return to where they believe they belong after a 17-year absence from the Premier League. Back Sheffield Wednesday to come out on top against a team they've already seen off twice this campaign at 6/5 (2.20).
The Owls have unfinished business in the playoffs after Wednesday fans journeyed down to Wembley in their tens of thousands only to see a half empty Hull section celebrating a 1-0 win.
Nonetheless, the Terriers have great quality throughout their squad, and one of those players is midfielder Aaron Mooy, who Wagner will hope will add to his four goals and seven assists in a Huddersfield victory on Wednesday night. "He can create something after he has worked hard".
Nonetheless, the Leeds fans were clearly backing Wednesday during the match as they were critical of the Terriers for not selling out their home tickets.
The semifinal game on May 14, was the first meeting between these teams in the last 5 matches, in which Huddersfield managed to avoid defeat.
"We created (the expectations) ourselves by doing so well past year and everyone expected us to do the same, maybe better but pressure comes with football and you have to deal with it".
Both teams are similar, I thought we were the better side, but we just couldnt get that goal. "We did everything to play an open game".
"I also went with Paderborn to the first league but the Premier League is a little bit different, maybe a little bit bigger than the Bundesliga. When you have the chance to go up with Huddersfield then it makes it bigger".
"They had never played in the top division and Huddersfield have had a long wait", he noted. "That you will be in the semi-finals of the play-offs, with a draw in the first leg, and there's a real chance for the final, I didn't have this in my head".