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WAGNER: LATE GOAL WAS A GREAT MOMENT

5 February 2017

David Wagner reviews Huddersfield Town's win over Leeds United

-    David Wagner reviews Town’s 2-1 win over Leeds United
-    Huddersfield Town’s Head Coach praised supporters
-    Wagner delighted with win against Leeds United

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner hailed the fighting attitude of his players following the Club’s 2-1 win over Leeds United at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Wagner told htafc.com that Leeds United made it hard for his side but explained that the Terriers deserved to win.

“It was a very tough game, a real derby; there were battles all over the pitch, Leeds played very well so credit to them but I think we deserved to win.

“We created a number of chances and we had the bigger chances to score the winner, then of course we scored at the end of the game.

“We said before it was a big game, the biggest game of our season and we are delighted with the result.”

Huddersfield Town was ahead for eight minutes in the first half and seemed to be in control of the match before Chris Wood drew Garry Monk’s side level.

Wagner discussed how his side’s belief and mental strength helped them win the match.

“It wasn’t easy today because it was a game that was very energetic and had a high tempo.

“This group is so fit, they’re so confident and have so much belief that even after they conceded an easy goal they stuck together and believed they could score the winner.

“It was a fantastic moment. It was such a great game and the goal at the end was such a great moment.”

Collin Quaner made his first league start for Huddersfield Town this afternoon and Town’s Head Coach was pleased with his performance.

“I think Collin played really well, unfortunately he didn’t use one of his opportunities,” said David.

“He had two very good chances and one that was unlucky, which was a block that flew over the crossbar.

“For a striker, he knows he has to work and has to have opportunities, unfortunately he didn’t use one of them but we will work on that.

“We wanted to bring in some fresh legs from the start and we felt we accelerated the game with our substitutions as well.”

In the 90th minute Michael Hefele scored the winning goal and David Wagner praised him for playing an important role in the West Yorkshire Derby.

“I don’t think there are many better fairy tales than this for him,” laughed David.

“In this game he scored the winner, in a game where we and he played really well.

“He was really strong today in defence and deserved his goal for working hard for the team.”

A gate of 22,400 was recorded and Wagner was delighted that the fans went to their next level, creating a special atmosphere.

“The atmosphere the fans created was just fantastic and so was the energy in the stadium.

“I think the players paid them back today with the performance they showed.

“The moment at the end of the match showed the group of players and supporters are closer than ever; I hope to see a number of them back here in the cup against Man City.

Despite beating Leeds United, Wagner revealed that after the match the players were heading back to the Club’s PPG Canalside Training Ground for training and recovery work.

“We made a decision that because had kick-off at 12 o’clock, we could train at 3pm today, especially with the group that weren’t as involved.

“The other group will have recovery training now at 3 o’clock but will then be off for two days to rest.”

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