Huddersfield Town head coach Mark Fotheringham on Hull City's 'element of surprise' plus an update on captain Jonathan Hogg

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN head coach Mark Fotheringham is conscious that there could well be a big 'element of surprise' regarding Sunday opponents Hull City.

Pedro Martins had been expected to be confirmed as their new head coach. The Portuguese arrived on Tuesday for talks with City officials and watched the 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic, when Andy Dawson was in caretaker charge.Dawson conducted Friday's press conference to preview this weekend's Yorkshire derby at the John Smith's Stadium, Fotheringham's first home match at Town and Martins is now reportedly out of the running and it remains to be seen who takes Sunday’s game.

On planning for Sunday's game, Fotheringham, who watched Hull in action himself, said: "It was really nice as I was able to get in the car and have a nice drive up to Hull and watch them live.

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"Something I like doing is getting my eyes on the opposition. It's a good club and we will respect them as they have dangerous players.

Huddersfield Town head coach Mark Fotheringham. Picture courtesy of HTAFCHuddersfield Town head coach Mark Fotheringham. Picture courtesy of HTAFC
Huddersfield Town head coach Mark Fotheringham. Picture courtesy of HTAFC

"But there's going to be an unexpected element of surprise with them because if they have a new manager before the weekend, they might just change everything.

"We have actually just got to focus on ourselves. That's the way I am anyway as a head coach. I always focus on what our strengths are, but make sure we respect the opposition."

Fotheringham says that he remains hopeful that talismanic captain Jonathan Hogg, out since early September, will return to the fray sooner rather than later.

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Town are without suspended midfield enforcer David Kasumu on Sunday.

Fotheringham added: "Hoggy is still getting assessed with his calf and we are still kind of playing it by day to day with the medical staff. I am looking forward to getting Hoggy back on the pitch.

"I am hoping so (sooner rather than later). But you know what it is like with calf injuries. You have to be careful with anything muscular. You just have to make sure the player is right, that's most important and that he's feeling in a good physical state to perform. But from what I have seen so far in the training, I am really enjoying working with him."

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