Boss expects 'positive' contest

9th March 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal expects a battle of two teams who want to get on the front foot when Swansea City go to Huddersfield Town this weekend.

After last Saturday’s rousing win over West Ham, the 13th-placed Swans face another key Premier League clash against a team who are rivals in the fight to avoid relegation.

But Carvalhal reckons the significance of tomorrow’s game does not mean it will be a cagey affair.

“We are a positive team and we will play against a team who are positive,” said the Swans manager.

“Huddersfield like to have the ball and they like to attack, and for sure it will be two positive teams on Saturday even though both are fighting to stay up.

“It will not be a negative game. Both teams want to have the ball so let’s see what happens.”

Carvalhal will come up against a familiar face tomorrow having led Sheffield Wednesday against David Wagner’s Huddersfield side on no fewer than six occasions in two seasons.

There were four league meetings between the clubs in that sequence and Carvalhal’s Owls won every one of them.

They then drew twice in last May’s Championship play-off semi-finals only for the Terriers to win on penalties.

“I don’t think they were better than us in those play-off games – the fact that it went to penalties shows the teams were even,” Carvalhal added.

“Huddersfield have gone on to do really well. They are well-organised and have a good manager so we respect them a lot.

“They have some different players even if they play the same style and I am not at Sheffield Wednesday anymore, so this is a different game.

“They are a difficult side to play against but we think we can be difficult too. We go there looking for some points.”