HUDDERSFIELD TOWN defender Christopher Schindler believes that the Terriers’ priceless 2-1 weekend victory at Premier League bottom club West Bromwich Albion has taken away an element of pressure ahead of Saturday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
Second-half goals from Rajiv Van La Parra and Steve Mounie enabled Town to register back-to-back league wins for the first time since August, when two successive victories arrived in their opening two matches in a fairytale start to the campaign.
Saturday’s success at West Brom represented arguably the club’s most important victory of the season, with Town now 10 points clear of the stricken Baggies and three above the relegation zone.
It provided the perfect boost ahead of Saturday’s Wembley date with Champions League-chasing Spurs, the prelude to a season-defining run of early Spring fixtures against relegation rivals Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Brighton and Watford.
Schindler said: “The last time (away win) was Watford, which is a long time ago. It also takes a little bit of pressure off the next game as we all know that winning or drawing at Tottenham is really difficult.
“On the other hand, we have a chance as always, but against a top-six team, it is really tough. This (West Brom) fixture was crucial and we worked on it all week and the intention inside the team grew from one day to the other and that is why we were so relieved at the end of the game and in the changing room. All the hard work paid off.”
On an afternoon when they secured their first top-flight double since April, 1956, Town held their nerve to pile on the misery for beleaguered West Brom chief Alan Pardew, whose tenure looks in grave peril after their failure to triumph in a ‘must-win’ fixture.
By contrast, an eighth victory of the season saw Town reach the magic 30-point mark, although Schindler says that the club will not be setting a survival points target and are just happy to have their fate in their own hands.
He added: “We shouldn’t calculate as we are still in a serious situation. In the last couple of months, we have dropped too many games, so that we are now in the position which we are.
“That is why we have these ‘six- pointers’ and we are in a position where we have to win them. We have a good opportunity to win these games at home especially and we have to say that if we cannot win these games, then you have no right to stay in this top flight.
“These are the games we are facing now and we are happy that we are still in the situation where we have everything in our hands.
“From where we came from and what the experts said before the season, we are still in a position where we can help ourselves and that is really important in a crucial period of the time.”
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We are still in a position where we can help ourselves and that is really important in a crucial period of the time.Huddersfield Town’s Christopher Schindler