WAG­NER: I’LL HIT ALL RIGHT NOTES

Loss, but Ter­ri­ers’ new man is happy

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Colin Hen­rys

DAVID WAG­NER in­sists his first game in charge of Hud­der­s­field was a step in the right di­rec­tion for the club, de­spite Sh­effield Wed­nes­day com­ing from be­hind to win.

Sean Scan­nell had headed the Ter­ri­ers in front but two goals from new Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional Lu­cas Joao, ei­ther side of Kieran Lee’s goal, en­sured Wag­ner’s man­age­rial de­but ended in de­feat.

But he re­mained pos­i­tive, prais­ing the way his play­ers had adapted to the new style of play he wishes to im­pose at Hud­der­s­field.

“The re­sult is dis­ap­point­ing, but we are not dis­ap­pointed with the style of foot­ball we played in the first 70 min­utes,” he said.

“There were a lot of good mo­ments in this game. This was a very good game for us and has given us a lot of in­for­ma­tion on what we need to work on.

“We have to bring a higher level of fit­ness, we have to bring a few play­ers back into the set-up for sure, and al­ways play our style – don’t be af­fected by the crowd or the score.

“The play­ers have made it very easy for us in train­ing.We all have the feel­ing they are open to try­ing to some­thing new.”

Op­po­site num­ber Car­los Car­val­hal was also pleased with his side’s fresh start of sorts as, rein­vig­o­rated by the in­ter­na­tional break, the Owls bounced back to win­ning ways.

Car­val­hal had ad­mit­ted the in­ter­na­tional break had come just a week too late as an 11-match un­beaten run was ended by Charl­ton, but he in­sists Wed­nes­day are back on form.

“We showed that we are a strong team, not just 11 play­ers that started but the three play­ers that came on,” he said, af­ter Joao came off the bench to in­spire the come­back. “We de­served this win. In the sec­ond half we played bet­ter and we showed much more en­ergy.

“You can get ner­vous when you’re los­ing, but we showed a lot of heart and ev­ery­body felt we would win the match.

“We don’t talk too much about the Charl­ton game. We understand what hap­pened.We played a lot of games at a high in­ten­sity.

“But our team is back again.We could feel it with the way we were train­ing and we got the win.”

Chances had been few and far be­tween in the first half, though Fer­nando Forestieri’s div­ing header went just wide on 16 min­utes for the Owls.

The hosts came out strong af­ter the break, and Joao shot into the side-net­ting on 48 min­utes from Ross Wal­lace’s hang­ing cross.

Hud­der­s­field broke the dead­lock on 53 min­utes though, as Scan­nell ghosted into the area to meet Kyle Dempsey’s cross and head in at the back post.

Wal­lace al­most re­sponded im­me­di­ately for the Owls, beat­ing Joe Mur­phy with a curl­ing shot across goal two min­utes later, but Dean White­head got back to block on the line.

Emyr Huws could have dou­bled the ad­van­tage on 73 min­utes, turn­ing well in the area, but West­wood did well to spread him­self and block the Welsh­man’s left-footed shot.

Joao lev­elled five min­utes later, fir­ing in the re­bound from close range af­ter Forestieri had danced into the area only for Dempsey to block on the line.

Forestieri was the provider again on 83 min­utes, show­ing more clever foot­work first to shoot at Mur­phy and then pick out Lee from the re­bound, who slid in from close range.

And Joao sealed the points in stop­page time, curl­ing su­perbly into the cor­ner af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ball from Forestieri on the left of the area.

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­ager

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