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As Huddersfield Town sit at the foot of the Premier League table whilst winless in more than a month, manager David Wagner's focus remains on finding ways to end the club's current rot and not on his own job safety.
The Town look to avoid a 10th straight defeat over all competitions on Saturday when they visit Wales to take on Cardiff City.
It was Nov. 25 at Wolverhampton, the last time Huddersfield (2-4-15) earned a victory over any competition. Since then, they have failed to even a earn a point. The Terriers, who are four points back of 19th-place Fulham in the table, fell 1-0 at Bristol City last weekend in the FA Cup to extend their losing stretch over all competitions to nine games.
"The reality at the minute is that I'm not happy because we and I haven't delivered what we expect," Wagner said in his weekly press conference.
"I and we have to turn this."
Though Wagner reportedly continues to receive support from chairman Dean Hoyle and other club officials regarding his status as manager, it still begs to question how much longer the gaffer really has left at Huddersfield?
Though seven of those nine consecutive defeats have been decided by one goal, the fact remains that the Terriers face a Herculean task to break free of the drop zone, and perhaps a change of leadership on the touchline might provide some sort of spark if improvement is not shown soon.
Job security, at least publicly, is something Wagner claims not to be focused on. As reported by ExaminerLive, Wagner said in regards to his future in charge of the team: "It's not about fear, it's about that I am not happy - which I shouldn't be after all the results."
Wagner hopes some additions during this month's transfer window could help the team. The Terriers and Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki have been linked in reports.
Huddersfield played Cardiff to a scoreless draw at home on Aug. 25. A similar result would at least be somewhat positive for Wagner's side considering their overall state, but a full three points are essential.
"This is a very important game for us, a game we have to win," he said. "We all have to step up and take responsibility.
"We have to be at our best against Cardiff City to win."
Cardiff (5-3-13) sit just outside the relegation zone in 17th place. They fell 3-0 at home to Spurs in league play on New Year's Day and 1-0 last weekend at Gillingham in the FA Cup.
"We'll come out fighting again," manager Neil Warnock told Cardiff's official website. "I think we can get better in the second half of the season, and hopefully we'll have a couple of new additions as well."
The Bluebirds have dropped two straight Premier League matches at home following a three-game winning streak there. However, they've won their last five at home versus Huddersfield, though the teams last met there Nov. 19, 2016, whilst in the Championship.
Updated January 10, 2019