Town boss ready for first visit to the bet365 Stadium…
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN boss David Wagner insists he knows what to expect from Stoke City tomorrow – despite the appointment this week of Paul Lambert!
The Scot will take his bow as Potters boss tomorrow when Huddersfield visit the bet365 Stadium but Wagner believes he’s fully prepared for the challenge that will face his men in North Staffordshire.
The two sides met on Boxing Day at the John Smith’s Stadium and shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, while Wagner and Lambert have twice gone head-to-head as managers.
And the Town boss believes those experiences will stand his side in good stead this weekend.
He told the media: “In terms of changing the manager, usually you never like playing against a team when the opponent changes the manager a few days before you meet them.
“In this case we played Stoke three or four weeks ago so we are totally aware of their individuals and what they are capable of.
“We played against Paul Lambert twice since I’ve been here in Huddersfield; Blackburn away when he was in charge and Wolves away when he was in charge, so this means we are aware of what Paul Lambert’s mindset is.
“So, I don’t expect major surprises even though they changed the manager because of these two reasons.
“We played Stoke a short time before and Paul Lambert is someone we have met more often as well, so that’s why in this case, that they changed the manager it isn’t just a big thing for us I think.”