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28 August 2018

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The Head Coach reflects on the 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat against Stoke City

- Wagner encouraged by effort levels but rues lack of cutting edge
- DW highlights need for improvement starting with Everton clash
- Listen to David Wagner's full interview on #HTTV

Town's Carabao Cup exit didn't come to down to a lack of effort but a lack of clinical ruthlessness according to Head Coach David Wagner.

The boss admitted that the result was of a disappointing nature as the quality eluded his Terriers in the final third of the pitch despite having a real go to progress in the Potteries.

Wagner was honest in his assessment, noting that Jonas Lössl had the best chance of the evening in which two second-half goals sealed Town's elimination, adding that the offensive decisions aren't the correct ones.

It was mentioned that the squad has buckets of talent, but the need for improvement and a good response is needed sooner rather than later.

On individual performances, the Head Coach explained his thoughts on a mixture of showings, reserving a special mention for Erik Durm who played a competitive fixture for the first time in over 13 months after a series of injury problems.

The season is still in its early days, and DW stressed the importance of righting the wrongs of the recent encounters ahead of the trip to Everton on Saturday.

When speaking to HTTV, David Wagner commented:

"It's a disappointing evening, as we are out of a competition we wanted to do well in. We have to do better. We are aware that we have a lot of work to do."

"I think we've seen some good things today, as well as some less good things; it is something we need to work on as a group, and we have to have more quality in the final third. Our best opportunity came from our goalkeeper. There were too many situations where the final ball or the pass towards the final ball wasn't good enough."

"We have a very young squad, with a lot of talent and potential. It is early days, but it is the truth that we are low on confidence. It is still great to see the spirit and attitude that the players have; they're just missing that bit of quality in the final third."

"It was his first game (Erik Durm) in 13 months, and he did very well. If he stays fit, he can help us a lot."

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