Head Coach David Wagner reviewed Town’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United
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Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner was left disappointed with his side’s failure to convert two major chances in the second-half against Newcastle United as Ayoze Pérez’s 80th minute strike condemned the Club to a 1-0 defeat on a soaking wet Tyneside.
Wagner explained how he felt that the game plan execution came to the fore, to a better degree, in the second period, with Town looking to hit the home side on the break whilst forcing Rafa Benítez’s outfit to grind out their openings.
Town’s Head Coach discussed how the chances which occurred in the second-half, firstly from Mathias Zanka’s header and Scott Malone’s bundling attempt right at the very end, ultimately cost his Terriers as the balance of play certainly wouldn’t have been frowned upon had Town come away with a point or even all three points.
The afternoon’s goalless showing is the fourth in a row, something that the Head Coach highlighted as being a key area of improvement ahead of next Saturday’s trip to the South Coast to face Brighton and Hove Albion - the first of which Wagner described as six ‘interesting’ fixtures to round off the Premier League season.
David Wagner also gave an update on the condition of Elias Kachunga, who may face yet another spell on the sidelines having gone off injured mid-way through the second-half.
When speaking to HTTV, David Wagner commented:
“We are disappointed, all together, we are. Everyone has seen there was an opportunity to get at least one point, maybe three out of this game.
“The players have shown everything defensively; the effort, the attitude, the fighting spirit, the togetherness.
“I think defensively his was one of our best performances in this season, particularly in the second half, so to then have nothing in your hands disappoints us and hurts.
“How the players have done it I have no complaints, defensively the players worked very well.
“We had a game plan where we wanted to sit deeper, wanted to break them on the counter attack. I think in the second half that worked very well.
“We had the best opportunity in the second half when it was 0-0, the header from Zanka from the corner and we had a very good opportunity in the final second from Scott Malone as well, which unfortunately we haven’t used.
“You have to score if you like to win; this is nothing new. We had our opportunities and I can absolutely say that I’m ok with the defensive performance.”
You can watch the Head Coach’s full interview below on #HTTV!