Date: 18th November 2016 at 7:04pm
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Manager Neil Warnock is pleased the international break is now out of the way and it’s all eyes to this weekend’s clash against Cardiff City.

Meeting with the media at the Vale Resort for his pre game press conference, Warnock told the Official Site that the break had been good for a number of players when it came to getting through knocks and getting back fit again, but Jazz Richards was now close, but not yet ready for a return, and Matt Connolly was back in training to mention just two.

‘The break has given a lot of people the chance to get fit. Jazz Richards is not far away again. Matt Connolly is back training with us. It has given us the chance to regroup, and also have a look at what we can do to try and improve the goal tally. I`m sure the lads will be doing their upmost in the next few weeks to take us up the table”, he said. “I`m aware of the difficulty of the fixtures that we`ve got coming up, but I think on our day we could beat anybody. It`s down to us to get the positivity and work that little bit harder to get the goals that we need.’

He did however admit that we needed some good results to naturally lift the spirits.

‘There`s a little bit of insecurity around, which comes with the position we`re in. There`s a little lack of self-belief. I think the training ground is important at the moment, and trying to get a little extra out of some of the lads. They`ve got a good spirit amongst them, and there`s not a bad egg, which is unusual when you go to a club.’

With the November break giving him time to reflect on his start to life at the club, and spend a little longer on the training pitch with the players, he went on to say he remained confident of a good season ahead, but of course the sooner we can turn results properly, the better for all concerned.

‘I think we`re very much capable of putting a run together. The Championship is wide open this year, as open as it`s ever been, really. But I believe it`s crucial to get the two major positions sorted out in January, early doors hopefully. I have two major priorities in my mind, then maybe the icing on the cake for a third. It`s a matter of getting the best out of what we`ve got until then, and scraping results out. I always think that if I get a pre-season under my belt, I can get promotion anywhere. The club here is structured for success. Our first fight is fighting our way to a respectable position. The work is done in the summer, or at the end of the season.’

As for Huddersfield more specifically, he went on to say about his one time former club.

‘We played them at Rotherham last year, and they were one of the best sides we played. I was very impressed with the way they played in midfield; they will have a lot of possession because that`s how they are, they play that way. I think David Wagner has done ever so well, you can see he`s enjoying it, he`s enthusiastic and they`ve got some good players.’

Adding.

‘It will be a good test for our back lads, with Wells and Palmer. It will be a tough game, but we`ve got to enjoy games like that. I think it`s better for us playing against these teams, where I think we can match them in certain departments and cause them problems. Whatever team we put out, I know we can win on our day.’

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