WAR­RIOR! ‘He likes to fight and he likes to win’ WAG­NER HAILS THE RE­TURN OF KONGOLO FROM IN­JURY

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at the John Smith’s Sta­dium and helped Town clinch their first win of the sea­son to lift them off the bot­tom of the ta­ble and kick-start their Premier League cam­paign.

The head coach was might­ily im­pressed with Kongolo’s per­for­mance against the Cot­tagers and la­belled the left-footer a ‘real war­rior’ af­ter he came straight back into the side fol­low­ing a long pe­riod out of ac­tion.

He said: “He is a war­rior, a real war­rior.

“This is what I loved from the first sec­ond we signed him last win­ter and why I was so keen on mak­ing him per­ma­nent. Once he puts the shirt on and steps on the grass he is a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter com­pared to what he is off it.

“He can help us. Be­cause of him we are able to play dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions and both for­ma­tions in a good de­fen­sive shape and good de­fen­sive mind­set.

“When you imag­ine him play­ing his first game af­ter his five weeks out, un­for­tu­nately be­cause of his in­jury, it makes his per­for­mance even big­ger.

“He very re­li­able, very strong in de­fend­ing one against one and very calm on the ball as well, and he is a war­rior.

“He likes to fight and he likes to win and he leaves ev­ery­thing on the grass.

“He is a typ­i­cal left-footed war­rior and I am very happy we have him back.”

On the de­fender’s avail­abil­ity for the week­end, the boss added: “He looked tired on Mon­day but that was ob­vi­ously go­ing to be the case af­ter his in­jury up­sets, but he looks fresh enough to start again to­mor­row if he is healthy af­ter train­ing this af­ter­noon.”

Mean­while, Wag­ner has urged Town fans to up their level of sup­porter even fur­ther to­day. The boss praised the Ter­ri­ers faith­ful for the part they played in Mon­day night’s

win. But he be­lieves the side will need more to­day. ”Since I have ar­rived they have al­ways played their part and on Mon­day they con­firmed it on the high­est level,” he said. “Un­for­tu­nately this counts for them like us – it will not be enough for Sat­ur­day. “They have to come to an­other level be­cause this pos­si­bil­ity of back-to-back wins is so great that we should not for­get to clap your hands and sup­port your team ev­ery sin­gle sec­ond on Sat­ur­day. “The im­por­tance of it is so big that we like to re­ally cre­ate this at­mos­phere and hope­fully the play­ers can take this and per­form.”

He is a typ­i­cal left-footed war­rior and I am very happy we have him back

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