Ask the Opposition

Ask the Opposition 57: Huddersfield Town (with Paul Fennell)

Manchester City make the trip to Huddersfield for the fifth round of the FA Cup this year in a game that sees two currently high-flying teams go head to head. Both will want to carry on their good form with a victory, but are there higher priorities on the horizon?

We spoke to Huddersfield Town fan Paul Fennell to get his thoughts on the upcoming game and who he thinks will progress to the quarter finals.

Hi Paul – thanks for speaking with us. Huddersfield currently sit third place in the Championship and have only lost one game since November, what are your thoughts on the season so far?

This season has been a bit of a dream to be honest, I didn’t expect us to be this high up or playing as well as we are doing. A mid-table finish would have been more than acceptable at the start. Now we play with no limits. Anything is possible.

Do you see yourself going all the way and joining Manchester City in the Premier League next year?

That would be a fantastic result for this season, but there is a long way to go yet. We just have to take it one game at a time and see where it takes us.

City loanee Aaron Mooy is reportedly ineligible to play in the game against his parent club. You most likely know a lot more about him than City fans do at the moment, how has he been playing so far? Do you think he could fight his way into City’s team next season?

I think City have missed a trick by not allowing Mooy to play against them. They could have seen how he fares against quality opposition. He has been one of our key players this season, but not the only one. I would prefer him to stay with us for at least one more season, regardless of division. He may get the odd game at City but wouldn’t be a first choice.

Who would you highlight as being key players for Huddersfield in the upcoming fixture?

Whoever David Wagner chooses to play vs City will have a key role to play. We don’t really have superstars, we play as a team and stick to our identity. The players who are selected will 100% play for the team with personal glory a distant second.

Not long after the FA Cup clash, Huddersfield host Reading which sees third and fourth place fighting it out for the promotion places. In your opinion, which fixture is more important? Is there a chance of a ‘weakened’ team being fielded against City?

The Reading game for me is far more important, we are unlikely to win the FA Cup but have a great chance of promotion. In the cup this season we have played what could be considered a second choice team but in reality anyone of that team are more than capable of stepping into the first team and doing a very good job.

Finally, please could you give us your predicted starting line-up and what you think the final score will be?

I expect our starting line-up will be very similar to the one that started in last round at Rochdale:

Coleman, Cranie, Hudson, Stankovic, Holmes-Dennis, Lolley, Whitehead, Billing, Bunn, Payne, Quaner

It would be great if Town could pull of a shock result but I feel that City should have too much class for us if they perform as we all know they can do.

Probably 3-1 City, but it’s a one off cup game, so who knows?

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