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Fulham vs. Huddersfield Town Preview: Three questions

Is the time Fulham turns the corner to something good, or do they go in the opposite direction? We sit down with Sean Makin to discuss why or why not Huddersfield could be the team to make it happen.

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday- Sky Bet Championship Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Sean Makin is a Huddersfield town who has written about them in many places around the web. He’s helped us out by answering questions before, and agreed to do it again. Make sure to follow and thank him on twitter.

Cottagers Confidential: You currently sit third (level with second on points), but with only 16 goals scored and with the advanced stats saying you're closer to 8th; how confident are you that you can keep in the top six for the full year?

Sean Makin: We haven’t been scoring a lot but we aren’t letting in many either and up to the game against Preston, we hadn’t conceded more than one goal in a league match. Middlesbrough won promotion last season scoring the fewest goals out of the top six teams so anything is possible. For me personally, at the start of the season, I’d have snapped your hand off a top-half finish. I’m still sticking to that and anything above that is a bonus for me but the start to the campaign we’ve had has raised expectations somewhat. I’m quietly confident we can maintain a play-off place as we have players now that can punish teams and they keep fighting to the last second of the match, but whatever happens this season, I feel we have the right man in David Wagner in charge and he’s building something here. Watch this space.

CC: Are there any particular players in the squad that have outperformed your expectations? Ones that have underperformed?

SM: Aaron Mooy. The guy just oozes class. Really comfortable on the ball, excellent passing range and superb awareness on the pitch. They were raving about this guy in his homeland Australia when he got him on loan from Manchester City and not knowing anything about football Down Under I was naturally sceptical but what a superb find he has been.

One I have been slightly disappointed with is the goalkeeper Danny Ward. A Wales international on loan from Liverpool and earned good reviews at Aberdeen last season but he’s been guilty of a couple of errors so far this season. In his defence, he’s a young goalkeeper and mistakes happen. There is potential there and the home game against Wolves proved it.

CC: If you were going to set up a squad to beat Huddersfield, how would you do it?

SM: Played a rigid 4-4-2 with hard-working, physical and tactically disciplined players in the team. Get two banks of four behind the ball making it hard to break down and have someone who can put a decent ball into the box.

CC: Could you also predict a lineup and score?

SM: Jonathan Hogg is out through suspension so I suspect Dean Whitehead will keep his place.

Ward, Smith, Hudson, Schindler, Löwe, Whitehead, Mooy, Van La Parra, Palmer, Kachunga, Wells.

Fulham are a bit of a bogey side for us we haven’t beaten them since September 1993! But this season is the season of change and I can see us coming away with a 2-1 win.