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Huddersfield’s David Wagner looks to fans’ bond for play-off success

Huddersfield’s manager David Wagner

Local knowledge is overrated. Two years ago Carlos Carvalhal and David Wagner were virtually unknown in England but now they are jousting for the right to lead one of the country’s former champions to Wembley and perhaps on to the Premier League. Huddersfield host Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final, and it has been a long time since fans of either club have been so excited.

Sam Hutchinson: ‘I just wanted to stop the pain and never come back’

Brighton's Glenn Murray in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson

“Is that OK? I’ll be straight back afterwards.” Sam Hutchinson breaks off halfway through the interview to officiate a wrestling match between the Sheffield Wednesday masseur and physio, the rest of the squad gathered round a makeshift ring to watch. It is a duel he arranged and one the physio comprehensively wins with a perfectly executed judo throw.

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