Date: 26th May 2017 at 9:31pm
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Head coach David Wagner has backed the team to handle the pressure in Monday’s Play Off Final with Reading.

One more game in the season to go with promotion to the Premier League up for grabs for the winner and with Huddersfield defying the odds this year to clinch the Play Off spot, Wagner remains confident we can go all the way.

Speaking to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner in his pre game press conference, Wagner pointed to victory over Sheffield Wednesday as being proof that we can rise to the occasion and handle the pressure.

‘Everybody expected Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday in the final, so I think this is another example of where ourselves and Reading have proven that experience, and what`s happened before, is irrelevant – because everyone was talking about momentum before the semi-finals.’

Wagner went on to say.

‘Football is only about the moment and we – Reading and ourselves – deserve to be in the final. They did a great job against Fulham and we did a great job against Sheffield Wednesday. From our point of view we are very happy to be there. I think the final will be close because both semi-finals were very tight as well.’

In terms of pressure and the like, Wagner admitted he more nervous ahead of the semi finals.

‘I was more concerned thinking how this group would react for the semi-finals. It was the first time they had played there, so I didn`t know how they would be in the circumstance. But after the way they played in the semi-finals I am totally relaxed about the final. I know this group will be able to make themselves independent from the circumstances, even though this is one of the greatest occasions you can be involved in in the world of football.’

Adding about Reading specifically.

‘Both games were good that we played against each other. They were 1-0 both times but they could have been 3-1 or 3-2. There will be no secrets between us. Sometimes they change from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 but we will be prepared. And they know about us. I played some friendlies against Jaap Stam when I was in charge of Dortmund second team and he was in charge of Ajax second team, so we know each other. It is just very important for us to be focused on ourselves and to concentrate on ourselves – trust and believe in what we are doing and stick to what we have done so far. We don`t need to think about opponents or different occasions. We just need to stay independent.’

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