WAG­NER: It’s game on af­ter first win

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DAVID Wag­ner says the Town fans have been ‘amaz­ing’ since the first day he ar­rived.

The John Smith’s Sta­dium re­mained packed with home sup­port­ers long af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle on Mon­day night as the crowd ea­gerly awaited the play­ers run­ning over and cel­e­brat­ing with them af­ter the 1-0 win against Ful­ham.

Mark­ing his three-year an­niver­sary at Town with the first win of the sea­son, the head coach said: “This re­la­tion­ship with the play­ers, with the team, with the whole foot­ball club and the town is ex­tra­or­di­nary.

“If you see them when we are still in the bot­tom three, we have won our first game af­ter six and a half months, we scored – even if it was an own goal – and they re­ally cel­e­brated and cheered for the play­ers.

“At least what we have to pay back for them is that you go over to the sup­port­ers and give them a wave and thank them as well.”

Wag­ner went on to talk about man­ag­ing in Eng­land, say­ing it is a ‘great chal­lenge and ex­pe­ri­ence’.

He added: “Only those who have done it. Those who have left friends and fam­ily, only those peo­ple can imag­ine how much it means.

“If you ar­rive at a foot­ball club that gives you a warm wel­come, this makes it even bet­ter and I would like to thank ev­ery­one who helped me to set­tle in.” DAVID Wag­ner be­lieves Town break­ing their goal duck at home against Ful­ham on Mon­day night will bring the Ter­ri­ers con­fi­dence for the rest of the sea­son.

Christo­pher Schindler was the TOWN claimed a vi­tal first win of the Pre­mier League sea­son over Ful­ham on Mon­day night.

A Ti­mothy Fosu-Men­sah own goal handed them the three points and ended David Wag­ner’s side’s 659-minute wait for a top-flight goal at the John Smith’s Sta­dium.

The vic­tory took the Ter­ri­ers up to 18th in the ta­ble, with the side clos­est Town man to Chris Lowe’s cross in the first half at the John Smith’s Sta­dium on Bon­fire Night, but the goal was stripped of the Ger­man cen­tre-back and marked down as a Ti­mothy Fosu-Men­sah own goal.

The strike put Town ahead against their early-sea­son ri­vals and nei­ther re­main­ing in the rel­e­ga­tion zone due to an in­fe­rior goal dif­fer­ence com­pared to New­cas­tle United.

Here are a few things you may have missed from the Mon­day night clash... THE first five min­utes of the match against Ful­ham was al­ways go­ing to be cru­cial.

If you can get a chance early on or side could add to the score­sheet be­fore ref­eree An­thony Tay­lor brought the match to an end.

Town will not care how the ball hit the back of the net in front of the Chad­wick Lawrence Cow­shed as the strike handed the Ter­ri­ers a first win of the Pre­mier League sea­son and al­lowed them to claim three points from the Cot­tagers.

The win took Town up to 18th in the ta­ble, in the rel­e­ga­tion zone on goal dif­fer­ence alone, while Ful­ham’s five-match los­ing streak has pushed them to the very bot­tom of the top-flight stand­ings.

Not only did the goal al­low Town to record their first win, how­ever, but it ended their 205-day wait for a home goal at the John Smith’s Sta­dium.

The Ter­ri­ers had played 659 min­utes of foot­ball at their home ground with­out a be­ing able to cel­e­brate a goal, with Tom Ince’s last-gasp win­ner against Wat­ford on April 14 now the sec­ond-most re­cent Town con­ver­sion at the sta­dium.

This will help us for the rest of the sea­son, I am so sure

put in a firm but fair chal­lenge on an op­po­nent, then they know they are go­ing to be in for a tough day.

Town did that with great ef­fect against the Cot­tagers, win­ning ev­ery header and ev­ery tackle in the open­ing ex­changes.

From the first whis­tle it seemed that Town were more up for the fight than Ful­ham, who seemed to fade un­der the pres­sure and al­low Town to con­trol the match. Al­though the visi­tors may have But, with Town prov­ing that they are able to score on their own turf against the Lon­don­ers on Mon­day, Wag­ner be­lieves his play­ers will gain con­fi­dence in front of goal and for­get about their poor luck of late, which has cul­mi­nated in the Ter­ri­ers strik­ing the wood­work seven times this sea­son. Af­ter the Ful­ham match, the head coach said: “This is ex­actly what I meant. “Even if we are to­tally aware of it, it doesn’t mat­ter what hap­pens in the weeks, months, days be­fore – it’s all about this one game. “But if you hit the bar and the post so of­ten, like we have done in the past, you re­ally think ‘come on, what’s go­ing on here?’ “Now, af­ter we have done it, we know it is pos­si­ble. “It doesn’t mat­ter what hap­pens in the weeks, months or days be­fore this game, it’s all about the cur­rent game and the next game where we have to be there. “This will help us for the rest of the sea­son, I am sure.” IN ad­di­tion to the team set­ting the tone early on in the match, a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als such as Jonathan Hogg, Christo­pher Schindler and Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jor­gensen showed the Ter­rier spirit and fight through­out.

An­other one of those play­ers was

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