Much is made of the importance of matches between the so-called Premier League strugglers, but Huddersfield boss David Wagner is more concerned with taking points off the division’s big guns.
The Terriers are enjoying their first top-flight campaign since 1972 and have made an encouraging start to the season, with nine points from their opening seven games.
A trip to Swansea beckons on Saturday before a nightmare run of fixtures begins against Manchester United and Liverpool later in the month.
Charismatic German Wagner could have been forgiven for placing all his energies into taking points off the Swans.
The Terriers also face Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea in their next 10 games but the Huddersfield manager said: “We have 12 matches against the so-called top six, so we have to collect some points and I’m sure we’ll need to.
“You can’t say we’ll collect no points. It makes it much easier to have success in the season for a club like us if we do.
“And it also makes no sense to look too far ahead with games against Manchester United and Liverpool coming up. It’s all about Swansea.
“After only eight games, it’s not a must-win game, the Play-Off Final at Wembley was a must-win game!
“But Swansea isn’t. It’s a game where we have a feeling that we’ve a chance and this is a chance we’ll look to take but we’re not at the stage where we have must-win games.
“We won’t make the mistake of talking about them now.
“We’ve showed that we want to win against the big teams, even against Tottenham when we lost 4-0 we wanted to win but they were better than us.”
Wagner, who admits he will watch this weekend’s showdown between Manchester United and Liverpool, which he dubbed a ‘Battle of Britain’, is likely to welcome back Danny Williams after injury.
However, striker Steve Mounie is only an outside chance of making the Liberty Stadium meeting because of a slower than predicted recovery from a heel problem.
And Wagner admits he has had an ‘honest chat’ with his players about the lack of goals.
In all competitions, Huddersfield have only scored once in six games.
However, it is not just down to his frontline and the German added: “We all have a responsibility for defending and we share that for attacking.
“Players have to go up front at set pieces and search for an opportunity to create a moment or to score, like we did against Crystal Palace.
“We have to improve but it’s not just about our offensive players.
“However, we’ll never change. We all have responsibility for everything, I won’t change that just because we conceded four goals against Spurs or we’ve only scored one in the last four Premier League games.
“We feel we’re still going in the right way. Spurs played well but the goals we conceded were far too easy, but 4-0 was harsh.”