Huddersfield head coach David Wagner is a big admirer of Norwich City
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Huddersfield head coach David Wagner is urging the Terriers to embrace the pressure of a Championship promotion tilt, ahead of Norwich City's visit.
Wagner's squad slipped to a shock 1-0 home league defeat against relegation-threatened Burton on Saturday to dent their bid for a top two push, after previously being hammered at Bristol City.
The impressive German, however, does not expect any hangover against a Norwich City outfit he still thinks could have a major say in the top six race.
'They are seven points behind with seven games to go – so everything is possible,' he said. 'There are 21 teams who would love to be in our position - this is what we have to realise. What the players have achieved so far is something special – it is incredible to be fighting for a play-off place.
'Making the play-offs would be an unbelievable achievement for this football club – we have to be totally realistic about that. Anything else is so far away and unrealistic – if we achieve a play-off place it would be a special achievement and I would be a very happy man.'
Third-placed Huddersfield could be overtaken by both Reading and Leeds before they kick off on Wednesday but Wagner insists it is not a must-win affair.
'You can never ask for a must-win in the Championship – all you can ask for is effort and attitude, every point is hard to fight for in this division,' he said. 'We have spoken a lot about what is possible and realistic and I have always said it isn't realistic to be in the top six. To be fighting the likes of Norwich City, Aston Villa, Derby County, Fulham, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds – not to mention Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion. We are Huddersfield Town and if I said before the season we would be challenging them then you would send me off to the hospital.
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'But it is now a realistic achievement which we want to achieve and are working to do so. We have played 38 games now and I have never had the feeling any game is easy. You can only focus on the future and what you can do, which is against Norwich City on Wednesday evening. This is a top Championship team, maybe even a Premier League side in terms of names, quality and experience. So it will be a very tough test and we need everyone to be switched on and at their best.'