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WAGNER: WE DESERVED THE WIN

8 March 2016

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David happy with the performance and result

- David Wagner reviews Reading win
- Head Coach says performance merited result
- Wagner talks about top scorer Nahki Wells

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner says his side deserved its 3-1 win over Reading at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday evening. 

After two good performances that didn’t get the results they merited against Ipswich Town and Derby County, the Terriers secured a win through three second half goals from Nahki Wells, Jamie Paterson and substitute Flo Bojaj.

“We spoke about our last two games,” David told htafc.com. “We thought about what we had to bring in the last two games. Tonight, we only tried to be focused on our game and wanted to get a result for our performance. I think we deserved this win. 

“In the first half we were a little bit too slow in our passing and in our movement; we spoke at half-time about bringing more speed in our actions. We still created opportunities in the first half to go in front. 

“Before the first goal they (Reading) invested nothing in this game going forward, so it was hard for us to find the gaps and create chances - but we did. 

“We scored another great goal, with the assist from ‘Scanz’. This was a good moment for us and for him also.

“I think our substitutions today helped us, but I was very satisfied with the work and with the patience today. To be patient was a big factor in winning this game, for the supporters as well! What was very important was that nobody was impatient, because if you are you will make mistakes. If you make too many mistakes in such a game, then you have a massive problem. 

“All in all, it was a massive, huge victory today for us in a tough game. It was a little bit different that the opponent was so deep.”

Wells got the all-important first goal – his 15th of the season – early in the second 45 minute period having seen two great first half chances saved.

“I know his quality; I know that I can trust and believe in him,” David continued.

“At half-time I asked him, ‘does Messi use each of his chances? Does Ibrahimović use each of his chances?' 

“My problem was that his body language after he missed chances wasn’t good! The body language has to be positive if you miss a chance, because nobody in the world will use every chance. 

“Everybody who’d miss these two chances would be not satisfied, but you are not allowed to show it outside; this is very important. Show nobody, especially not your opponent. To have angriness in you in this moment, I think this is normal. Especially for a striker, it’s very important to look strong.

“The next chance he used, and he used it very coolly. I think this goal was very important for us and I’m very happy how the lads did today. It was a great win for us.”

Town’s third goal was a first for Under-21 top scorer Flo Bojaj; a great moment for the 19 year-old.

“We brought him on the pitch because he’s a great worker for a striker and Nahki worked a lot and made a lot of runs. He was tired and we only wanted to make sure that we kept on working in the frontline.

“I’m happy, because he is the third from the Academy to score his first goal this season after Duane Holmes and Philip Billing.”

There was another new name on the team-sheet for Town tonight; 17 year-old Academy scholar Regan Booty.

“Karim (Matmour) was in our mind today, but he came in the morning and felt ill. Then we made the decision to call Frankie Bunn five minutes after he left with his squad (for the Under-21s game against Barnsley). He got out of the bus, came back to training and was with us today! 

I think he deserved today to come in our squad because he did an excellent job in the last games I saw in the Under-21s.”

Wagner finished by revealing he is expecting players to return for Saturday’s game against league leaders Burnley at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“Fingers crossed we will have some alternatives for Saturday. Phil Billing for sure will be back; Ems (Emyr Huws) probably will be back; maybe Lynchy is available, hopefully Karim (Matmour) is available for the weekend.”

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