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Sunday 20 October 2019

Relegation-haunted Huddersfield facing do-or-die week – Hogg

The Terriers appear in need of another miracle to remain in the Premier League this season.

Jonathan Hogg has labelled Huddersfield’s trip to Newcastle as a ‘cup final’ (Nick Potts/PA)
Jonathan Hogg has labelled Huddersfield’s trip to Newcastle as a ‘cup final’ (Nick Potts/PA)

By Mark Walker, Press Association Sport

Huddersfield midfielder Jonathan Hogg feels the club’s chances of a miraculous Premier League escape act hinge on the next seven days.

The Terriers, rock bottom and winless since November, have been written off and Hogg admits it is now or never, starting with Saturday’s game at Newcastle.

“This next week is massive for us,” Hogg said. “Three games, a couple of tough away fixtures and Wolves at home in between.

“They’re all massive games for us now until the end. We certainly need to pick up points this week.

“Everyone can see that we’re falling behind a bit so we need to get points on the board quickly.”

Huddersfield’s trip to St James’ Park is followed by Wolves’ visit on Tuesday and then a visit to Brighton a week on Saturday but Hogg is focused only on Newcastle.

“It’s not just another 90 minutes,” he said. “The dressing room knows what we need to do, to get the wins now.

“We know at Newcastle on Saturday it’s a cup final for us. We need the three points, a draw is probably not good enough. We need to get a winning mentality back.

“We spoke last season about getting on a wave and trying to ride it. We got two or three good results and tried our best to stay on that wave, but we’ve struggled this year and we need to start this week.”

The Terriers defied huge odds last season to stay up after their stunning promotion success but are 14 points from safety with 12 games to go and Hogg acknowledged the enormity of their challenge.

“It would be another miracle,” he said. “Last year we did fantastically well to stay in the Premier League. This year we haven’t had the rub of the green maybe like we did last year.”

Hogg cited team-mate Aaron Mooy’s two-month injury lay-off at the end of last year as a massive blow to the club’s survival hopes.

But he takes heart from West Brom’s late rally last season when they won three and drew two of their last six matches before they were relegated.

“West Brom last season made a fantastic attempt at it, they ran it right to the end and we need to try and start a bit earlier than they did and try and creep over the line,” Hogg added.

“They were in a pretty similar situation to what we’re in now, maybe a couple of games (to play) less, so if we can put two or three wins together and get some points on the board you never know what can happen.

“Football is a strange game and miracles can happen.”

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