David delighted after first victory of 2016
- David Wagner reviews win at Bolton
- Wagner happy after first 20 minutes
- Head Coach praises Joe Lolley's performance
Head Coach David Wagner praised his Huddersfield Town side after today’s 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers.
The home side started better at the Macron Stadium in the first game of 2016, but the Terriers took control after the 25 minute mark and ran out deserved winners thanks to goals from Joe Lolley and Mustapha Carayol.
“I think we had some problems in the first 20 minutes today. We were not good enough in our movement or technically with the ball. We had some mistakes with our first touches and that gave the opponent the opportunity to put pressure on us, which they used,” David admitted to htafc.com.
“When we were together at half time we were honest about the problems we had, but we knew that came from ourselves. I didn’t have the feeling in that moment that the weakness depended on the system or single players, but that it only depended on our lack of movement and the first touch. We are normally good at that.
“Bolton was very aggressive today and when the opponent is like that, your movement has to be very good. Combined with a first touch, that means they are not able to catch you.
“After 25 minutes, the squad did a very good job. Our movement and first touch was very good and we were able to create chances.
“I think we were able to score more than the two goals, as we created a lot of great situations. We were very dangerous, combined with good concentration in defence. There was a lot of hard work from the squad today. After the second half, I thought the result was fair.”
At the fulcrum of the performance was Joe Lolley, who scored his third goal in seven games to set the Terriers on their way.
David explained: “Joe is a very good talent; he has good mobility, he’s technically very good and he can make a difference in a game one-on-one.
“His fitness was not good and this is what we had – and have – to work on, because he isn’t where I’d like to have him. However, he is a very interesting player and is very open-minded; he is one of the players who tries to bring on the pitch what we want.
“We’re here to help the players get better step by step and Joe is doing that.”
The game was the final one of Leicester City youngster Ben Chilwell’s Emergency Loan spell at the Club and David commented on the potential future of the England Under-20 international:
“He has done a very good job; he is a great English talent. We are not in the position to make the decision to keep him here – Leicester is – so we have to wait. If there is any chance he can stay longer we will try to take this, but I think the chances are not so high.
“I think Ben would like to stay, but he is also not the person who makes the final decision. We all have to look to Leicester and wait.”
Wagner commented: “Murray asked me a few days ago if I would let him leave Huddersfield and I made the decision this would be a good opportunity for him.
“Murray is a good talent, but he has to play and I cannot give him this opportunity to play more than he did in the last seven weeks.
“Scunthorpe offered us something that was OK, so we made the decision he could go. Now he will play against Chelsea next weekend!
“I think we have very good options at the moment. Today Lynch and Hudson played a very good part and a few days ago, Martin Cranie did too. In this position, I think we have good alternatives. We also have (William) Boyle and (Joe) Wright, who are good talents, out on loan.”
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