Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner admits he now has complete “trust” in his squad as they continue their renaissance under his command.
The Terriers will look to stretch their unbeaten run to six games when they take on lowly Fulham this afternoon.
Town have eased pressure on their Championship status since German Wagner came in during November and picked up their biggest win in almost two years when vanquishing struggling Charlton 5-0 on Tuesday.
Fans may not expect the same scoreline today, but they will certainly be hoping for another victory.
Wagner has, indeed, reinvigorated the slipping squad he inherited from Chris Powell and feels they now understand his demands.
“On Tuesday, the key moments went in our direction in the right moments and if this happens on Saturday as well, we will have a very good opportunity to beat them (Fulham),” he said.
“This is our target, as it is in every single game. We know that we’ll have to work very hard and be at our maximum limit in every single part – speed, fitness, patience and in the idea of our game – to be able to beat them.
“It is also very important that we are open to hard work, but after 10 weeks I can trust my squad to do everything they are able to do. Hopefully we will get the right result.”
Fulham, however, are looking to play a similar style of football to Wagner’s – high-tempo, relentless and stylish – under their new head coach Slavisa Jokanovic.
“I never focus on one player from our opponent; I focus on the idea of their game,” he said.
“The new head coach has changed something and, at the moment, their style reminds me of ours.
“They play with good reactive pressure, they are aggressive and play with a lot of speed.
“They are dangerous from central set pieces through (Ross) McCormack. After three weeks it is not perfect, but you are able to see the idea is very good.
“We have to keep them away from our goal and hurt them in the right areas. We want to make it as hard as possible for them and we will find the right solution, because we have our own weapons to beat them.”
Midfielder Sean Scannell is still unavailable due to slight knee issues, which has seen him be given a fortnight’s rest, while Dean Whitehead is back in full training but probably will not return until potentially next Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at Reading.