WAGNER: It’s game on after first win
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