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Fulham vs Huddersfield Town Preview: Three questions with Terrier Bytes

Terrier Bytes stops by to talk about Huddersfield Town and what to expect in this fixture.

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Cottagers Confidential: Last time we spoke you figured this would be another treading water season. So far, it looks very unlikely you'd go up and very unlikely you'd go down. Has the season played out differently than you expected in anyway?

Terrier Bytes: I honestly didn't think Chris Powell would see out the season but I was surprised in how soon into the campaign the board decided to get shut of him. We were always going to be treading water with Powell in charge. His style of football was rather negative and pedestrian although he could get results, particularly against teams around us in the table. Some might say his best players were sold by the club but he wasn't getting the best of what he had anyway, in my opinion. It pretty much says it all when he won just 15 out of his 58 matches in charge of Town.

There were other factors in the sacking of Powell. Attendances were falling - the season average fell to the third lowest in the league - and he seemed reluctant to bring through young players into the first team set up. Giving trials to older players such as Shola Ameobi didn't go down too well with the board.

You have to give credit where credit is due to the board for bringing in David Wagner. He's the total opposite of Powell by going into every game looking for a win and likes to play high pressing, attacking football. He's getting the best out of what he has at his disposal and with money to spend in the January transfer window, it will be intriguing to see who will join this month. It has given a buzz about the place at the moment.

CC: Now that you've had a half season to watch this squad, what would you say our their strengths, what are the weaknesses? If you had to setup a team to defeat them, what would you do?

TB: We look good going forward but we lack that little bit of quality in the final third at times although we just hammered Charlton Athletic 5-0 on Tuesday night!. Defensively we are still susceptible to pace as none of our defenders are particularly quick so we can be vulnerable on the counter attack. If I had to set up a team to play against us I would play us at our own game and press high up the pitch, close down quickly and defend as a unit making it hard to break down. We like to play it out from the back and none of our defenders look comfortable in bringing the ball out.

CC: The winter window is upon us, are you expecting the team to make any acquisitions or let any players go? If you could poach one player from Fulham who would it be and why? Likewise, who should Fulham dream of poaching from you?

TB: We are in need of a striker as we are short on that front with Nahki Wells and Ishmael Miller to choose from plus a young lad from the under 21s called Flo Bojaj who isn't ready yet to be starting games. I think fans would like to see a new centre back too and I think the club will extend James Husbands' loan or bring in a left back before the end of the window. I don't expect anyone to depart but we'll have to wait and see on that one.

One player I'd like to poach from Fulham would be Moussa Dembele. He looks a real prospect for the future and I can see why a number of Premier League teams have been linked with him. I've heard Fulham have been linked with Nahki Wells lately. He's a striker on form at the minute, it looks as though Wagner's style of football is getting the best out of him, and him up front for Fulham with Ross McCormack would be some partnership.

CC: Predicted Lineup and score?

TB: Expected team line up: Steer, Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Davidson, Hogg, Huws, Bunn, Lolley, Paterson, Wells.

Prediction: 2-1 to Huddersfield.