FA Cup Preview: Blues v Huddersfield Town

FA Cup Preview: Blues v Huddersfield Town

A full match preview ahead of tonight's FA Cup fourth round replay between Blues and Huddersfield Town at St. Andrew's (7.45pm kick-off).

Steve Cotterill on the approach he is taking to the game...
"I want to win the game. We’ve haven’t done the preparation that we’ve done, to not try and win the game. Trying to win the game is everything but you can’t always guarantee you’re going to win it. We saw in a high-profile game at the weekend that sometimes refereeing decisions and linesman decisions can cost you points and you’re not always in charge of that. What you can be in charge of is your performance and effort levels and all of that and that’s what the lads have been really good at to be fair to them."

Steve Cotterill on how the Championship remains the priority for his side...
"Our priority is our league points because of the position we’re in. It’s not like we can step off the gas and suddenly up the ante. Now the squad is a lot thinner, we have to put a little bit of thought into a couple of positions. And obviously there's the injury to Jonathan (Grounds). We were in yesterday morning and finished our preparation today, so hopefully we’ve done everything we can in that short space of time."

Steve Cotterill asked if he thought Huddersfield boss David Wagner would look to make a similar amount of changes (seven) as he did for the original tie at the John Smith's Stadium...
"I don’t know, it’s really difficult to gauge it to be honest. I thought it was easier to pick their team last time than it is this time. Just simply because they have just had a semi-settled team, then they have rotated against Liverpool and Man United. Now they have a massive game at home to Bournemouth at the weekend. It’s very difficult to pick their team, I have got a few ideas but other than it’s very difficult.The concentration has to be on what we do anyway."

Steve Cotterill on the job that David Wagner had done since taking over at the John Smith's Stadium..
"Everybody has said what a good job he has done. I said that leading up to the other game. Some of the signings he’s made have been fantastic. When you know another country and you know another country’s league, it’s quite easy to bring those players across. But to get them to adapt and perform is another thing and he’s been able to do that very well. It’s a different game for him this year. I think they’ve done fantastically well to be where they are in the Premier League. It’s a wonderful job that he’s done."

Steve Cotterill asked if he thought Huddersfield were faltering a bit in the Premier League...
"Everyone will just look at the results but the games that I have seen they have been every game. Sometimes there’s that bit of luck, or that quality of player, a lot their lads have come up from the Championship and lower through the leagues - and not the top league in Germany either. It’s been a tough job. I am sure he would rather go out the cup and them keep their Premier League status, everybody in their situation would be like that. What’s not helped him a little bit is they have picked up a few injuries, that can be very, very disruptive to your squad. You play a couple of Premier League games and you don’t win both of them, where’s their confidence then and where are they injury-wise? Sometimes you have got to keep rolling these players out and it’s really, really difficult when they’re on the floor to pick them up at the same time. It takes time. I am sure that he will be working his socks off with all his staff up there, Andy Hughes who is his first team coach who I know very well. I know they have been working hard. I had a chat with them after the first game up there. They are enjoying the Premier League and they deserve to enjoy the Premier League after the season they had last year.I hope they can stay up, they deserve it."

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner's comments ahead of the game...
“Every win in every competition helps bring a positive mood or positive atmosphere, even if we try to keep it as positive as we can when we concede defeats. We know exactly what we have to do and exactly what we want to do. We are focused on our day-to-day work and will try our best. We’d love to progress to play Manchester United at the John Smith's Stadium again; this is what we are playing for. All of my players should show they are capable of performing at a better level than in the first leg; it’s a good opportunity to show what they can do in another competition. I think we can win this game if we play to our best and show everything we are able to show.”

Blues team news...
Steve Cotterill has indicated that he will again look to give other members of the squad game time in the cup. Two players definitely not in contention are Jonathan Grounds and Jacques Maghoma. Grounds injured his medial ligament against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend and faces an extended spell on the sidelines. Maghoma is making good progress in recovering from the groin injury that saw him miss the trip to Hillsborough. Issac Vassell (knee) remains out.

Team line-ups from the original FA Cup fourth round tie at the John Smith's Stadium on 27 January...
Huddersfield (4-2-3-1) Coleman, Chris Lowe (Malone 82), Kongolo, Hefele, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Williams (Billing 36), van La Parra (Lolle, 57), Sabiri, Quaner, Mounie.
Subs not used: Lossl, Schindler, Smith, Depoitre.

Blues (3-5-2): Stockdale, Jenkinson, Bramall, Roberts, Morrison, Dean (Grounds ht), Lowe (Gardner 88), Ndoye, Jota, Adams (Boga 76), Jutkiewicz.
Subs not used: Trueman, Lakin, Seddon, Dacres-Cogley.

Huddersfield Town team news
The Terriers will be without Christopher Schindler and Lauren Depoitre because of injuries. Danny Williams and Elias Kachunga are also out.

Tickets
Tickets for this evening's game are on general sale priced at
Ticket Prices STH/Blues Loyalty - Non STH
Adult £10 / £15
Senior (65+) £10 / £10
Student £10 / £10
Under 18 £5 / £5
Under 16 £1 / £1

Should the Club progress to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and a home tie against Manchester United, then priority for purchasing tickets will be given to Season Ticket holders and then those who have purchased a ticket for this fixture.

Cash turnstiles
Cash turnstiles will be available for the fixture this evening in both the Kop and Tilton stands. Tickets bought on cash turnstiles will not count as priority for the fifth round tie if we were to progress.

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Listen live
BluesTV will have live commentary from St. Andrew's this evening. If you would like to subscribe to BluesTV, please click here. Because this is an FA Cup game, broadcasting restrictions prevent us from showing the game live.

Match Officials
Paul Tierney will take charge of tonight's match at St. Andrew's. Mr Tierney is a late replacement for Chris Kavanagh. The Lancashire-based official has refereed 20 games so far this season, where he has produced a total of 54 yellow cards and no reds. The last Blues game he refereed was our Championship away fixture at QPR in September 2016. Blues drew that match 1-1 and there were three cautions issued; including one for Maikel Kieftenbeld. The last Huddersfield game he took charge of was their Premier League home game against Burnley in December 2017. The Terriers drew that match 0-0 and there were three yellow cards produced; including one each for the hosts' Mathias Jorgensen and Joe Lolley. Mr Tierney will be assisted this evening by Lee Betts and Nick Hopton.

Supporter behaviour
The Club urges all supporters to refrain from anti-social behaviour and conduct themselves in the correct manner at all our games, inside and outside the ground. The overwhelming majority of our support is well behaved, law-abiding and the passionate backing the team receives is greatly appreciated. However, as a Club we have a zero-tolerance policy regarding anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of coins and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. In particular, the throwing of coins and other missiles is extremely dangerous and is not tolerated whatsoever. This is a very serious offence and any supporter identified to have committed this and other such acts will be banned by the Club and subject to the possibility of criminal prosecution. Birmingham City Football Club will continue to work closely with the police, football authorities and ground authorities to stamp out all types spectator misconduct. We would also like to remind supporters that if there are incidents of this nature in the future the Football Association have the power to impose a serious financial penalty on the Club and order matches to be played behind closed doors. The Club urges all supporters to assist us and help eradicate unlawful practices.
Thank you.