HUDDERSFIELD TOWN supporters can be forgiven for not knowing which way to turn tonight as their two rivals to stay in the Premier League meet in south Wales.
Is a Swansea City victory better for the Terriers as it will mean Southampton trail Yorkshire’s sole top-flight representative by three points with just a final day meeting with champions Manchester City to come?
It has been a very good season so far, but we are not there yet. We haven’t reached our target yet. It is like a 100m sprint. We don’t stop after 95m. We keep going to the end.Jonas Lossl
Or is it better that the Saints take all three points and leave the Swans needing to beat Stoke City on the final day to have any hopes of overhauling Town?
Or will a draw suit Huddersfield the most, as then both Swansea and Southampton will have to win on the final day and hope David Wagner’s men take no more than a point from their last two games, at Chelsea and then Arsenal’s visit to the John Smith’s Stadium?
One thing for sure, tonight’s clash at the Liberty Stadium looks like being a nervy affair with so much at stake.
Saints, even allowing for the heart-breaking manner of dropping two points against Everton last Saturday, go into the clash in the better form.
Mark Hughes’s side have taken four points from their last two outings while the one before that saw Saints open up a two-goal lead over Chelsea only then to lose by the odd goal in five.
Swansea, meanwhile, have not won in seven games and fell into the bottom three over the weekend.
“I don’t think we are in any way damaged by the consequences of the game in terms of confidence,” said Hughes, keen to move on from the 96th-minute equaliser by Tom Davies at Goodison Park. “So, we will be ready to go again and it is up to us to get the job done.
“We have got two games left and everybody is writing the Manchester City one off. We will give that one a go as well, but clearly the Swansea one is one that we can really decide our own fate.”
Former Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carvalhal, meanwhile, said: “We must be at the top of our game. This is the main point and the players know about that.”
As for Huddersfield, goalkeeper Jonas Lossl believes there is still work to do to secure survival.
“One point more and I think we are safe,” said the Danish international goalkeeper. “It has been a very good season so far, but we are not there yet. We haven’t reached our target yet.
“It is like a 100m sprint. We don’t stop after 95m. We keep going to the end.”