Liverpool Preview: We Can Do This

Today Town take on Liverpool in the Premier League and it's going to take a mammoth effort from David Wagner's side to get a win. Liverpool have spent millions over the summer and look like the only legitimate rivals to reigning champions Manchester City.


But that doesn't mean it's impossible for Town to get a win in this game. When you have no limits, nothing is impossible. Let's take a look back at three times when David Wagner's team defied the odds and pulled of an amazing win.



Sheffield Wednesday 1 Huddersfield Town 1 (Town win 4-3 on pens): Championship - 17th May 2017


After playing out a goalless draw at home to Carlos Carvalhal's Sheffield Wednesday in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final Town were fourth favourites to win the play-offs with the bookies.


Wednesday had done the job they needed to do in West Yorkshire and were expected to blow Town away in the 'cauldron' that is Hillsborough. The atmosphere was pumping as the stadium speakers piped in Wednesday anthems, and fans got out their iPhone torches to cheer on their team.


When Steven Fletcher headed home from a Barry Bannan cross, Wednesday's promotion party looked like it could finally get started, then came Izzy Brown and Collin Quaner. The former fed the latter who saw his dangerous cut back put into the net by the despairing Tom Lees.


With the scores level, the game went to penalties despite Town having the chance to win the game through Nahki Wells. Sam Hutchinson and Jack Payne had missed their spot-kicks before Fernando Forrestieri stepped up for the Owls.


The Argentinian had fostered a reputation of Town's tormentor in chief over the years, but his hold over the Terriers was broken by a fantastic Danny Ward save. The Welsh stopper had won the game for his side and proceeded to sprint towards the 2,000 jubilant Town fans.


David Wagner's side had done it. they'd proved the doubters wrong and would continue to do so as they beat Reading in the final nearly two weeks later.


Newcastle United 1 Huddersfield Town 2 : Championship - 13th August 2016


In the second game of the Champioship season David Wagner's relegation favourites headed north to face Rafa Benitez's recently relegated Newcastle United. The Toon were expected to gain an immediate return to the Premier League whereas Town were destined for League One according to expert pundits.


In the first-half a mazy run and cross from Rajiv Van La Parra ended with Nahki Wells firing home to give the visitors the lead. In the second period Newcastle responded and levelled the scores after a Dwight Gayle turned home his rebounded penalty.


However Town's spirit was not to be broken and Kasey Palmer played in Jack Payne in the closing moments after showing excellent strength and vision. Payne - a new signing from Southend - demonstrated incredible compsure to fire the ball into the bottom corner, sealing all three points for Town.


Of course, Town's victory was brushed aside as a fluke by the pundits but it was just a sign of things to come as Wagner went on to guide his side to promotion later that season.


Huddersfield Town 2 Manchester United 1: Premier League - 21st October 2017


Almost exactly a year ago to the date Town pulled off the biggest shock in David Wagner's reign as manager. Following some suspect performances, Jose Mourinho's men travelled to the John Smith's stadium looking to record a routine win.


However Wagner's men set up perfectly, sitting deep and pressing United whenever thy rested on the ball in their own half. Early on Town pounced and club legend Aaron Mooy turned home after Tom Ince's effort was saved by David De Gea.



A hopeful long ball was badly misjudged by Victor Lindelof shortly after which allowed Laurent Depoitre to steal in and send Town into an unbelievable 2-0 lead. Marcus Rashford pulled one back for the Red Devils in the second-half but Town held on for the three points.


Thanks in part to a spectacular goal line block from Zanka, who was utterley imperious throughout the game. The result saw United's unbeaten start to the season end and left them 5 points behind league leaders Manchester City. For Town, it showed that we were here to stay and deserved to be in the Premier League.



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