Date: 20th March 2017 at 9:58am
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Head coach David Wagner knows that defeat to Bristol City on Friday evening was certainly not what he planned for going into the international break.

Heading to Ashton Gate for the game on Friday evening, Huddersfield Town were soundly beaten four nil and with the earlier concern surrounding the injury sustained by Jonathan Hogg, well it was just a bad day all round.

The Shields Gazette have Wagner admitting that the result would certainly boost the spirits of Newcastle (drew) and even Brighton who also lost their encounter last weekend, and he had to admit the best side on the day had unfortunately won.

‘Bristol City were strong and we under-performed. I have never spoken about automatic promotion, and we now need to use the international break to refresh and respond to this result. We are in a very good position with nine games to go and we have been through too much together as a group for me to question my players.’

The Examiner also quote Wagner from his post game media meet and greet and the gaffer admitted that with eight games in 28 days across the last month, maybe it was just one game too far for us given the under performance, so again the international break is key to us recharging and working on a few bits and pieces that require improvement.

‘I think we’ve pretty much played nearly every three days for five weeks. It’s been a very busy schedule but now we will use the break to recover physically and mentally and work on some new things ahead of the last four weeks of the season.’

Whilst Jonathan Hogg and his issue obviously sees him out for the campaign, with Elias Kachunga and Izzy Brown coming off with knocks as well recently, Wagner does hope that the break could see a few players return to contention and full fitness ahead of the run in.

‘It’s important we don’t have a game next week so we can recover and get every one fresh again. We will use the international break to refresh and respond to this result at Bristol City. We are in a very good position with nine games to go and we have been through too much together as a group for me to question my players on one night and one result.’

With players travelling, Aaron Mooy with Australia once again and, if he recovers in time, Kachunga could debut for DR Congo against Kenya next Sunday, alongside a few others, Wagner went on to add.

‘We are used to handling this situation. Besides, Aaron has not had the same amount of minutes in his legs as others recently because he was not been able to play in the cup games against Manchester City. Of course, it is still a lot of travel, time changes, temperature changes so we will see what he looks like after it.’

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