Wag­ner: Best win in my time

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Kay­ley Dick­in­son

DAVID Wag­ner de­scribed Hud­der­s­field’s vic­tory over York­shire ri­vals Leeds United as the best win of his time at the club.

Stu­art Dal­las had given Leeds the lead mid­way through the first half, but his goal was can­celled out just be­fore the break as Mark Hud­son equalised for The Ter­ri­ers.

Then three quick-fire goals from Harry Bunn, Karim Mat­mour and Nahki Wells gave Hud­der­s­field their fifth away win of the sea­son.

“This is the best re­sult of my time as Hud­der­s­field coach as the na­ture of the game is so im­por­tant,” said Wag­ner, who is in his first head coach role.

“I am de­lighted with that re­sult, it is a mas­sive three points.

“In the se­cond half we were very clin­i­cal and the story of this game is some­thing spe­cial.

“Al­though Nahki Wells missed the penalty, the way he as­sisted our third goal and then scored the fourth was high class – I think this will be one of the games he speaks about af­ter his ca­reer.

“This is a very very young group we have and they have un­be­liev­able space to de­velop – we have to al­low them the chance to do this.

“On the one hand we must be hum­ble, but on the other we must also be am­bi­tious for the fu­ture.”

In a pul­sat­ing open­ing to the West York­shire derby, Leeds cap­tain Sol Bamba tripped Joe Lol­ley on ten min­utes to hand Hud­der­s­field a great op­por­tu­nity to take an early lead. But Wells’ at­tempt was well saved by Marco Sil­vestri who got down to his left to stop the shot and re-gather from the re­bound.

Liam Brid­cutt then pro­duced good work on the right and put in a loop­ing cross that was headed in by Dal­las to give Leeds the lead with just over 20 min­utes gone.

Hud­der­s­field re­sponded in the clos­ing stages of the half as Jamie Pater­son’s cor­ner was headed in by cap­tain Hud­son to draw the sides level at the break.

Hud­der­s­field be­gan the brighter of the two sides in the se­cond as the home side strug­gled to get a foot on the ball.

Their pres­sure earned its re­ward though as sub­sti­tute Bunn put Hud­der­s­field ahead, strik­ing a low pow­er­ful vol­ley past a help­less Sil­vestri.

Leeds’ de­fence then ca­pit­u­lated as they be­gan to look dras­ti­cally in­dif­fer­ent from the side that had notched three straight league wins prior to this match.

Sub­sti­tute Mat­mour ex­tended the Ter­ri­ers’ lead four min­utes later, tap­ping the ball home from a Wells cut­back.

And Wells then turned from provider to scorer as he put his side out of sight with a pow­er­ful shot on the turn to get his 16th goal of the sea­son.

Leeds coach Steve Evans ad­mit­ted the re­sult was tough to take as his side con­ceded four goals for the se­cond time in five games.

“Hud­der­s­field were bet­ter than us and it just looked as if they wanted it a lit­tle bit more than we did and much more than we did in cer­tain ar­eas,” he said. “We have to go back on the train­ing ground and work on the art of de­fend­ing – our fail­ures are pretty ev­i­dent to any­one who watches us.

“If you’re want­ing to build some­thing, it is days like to­day when you learn some­thing about who can and who can’t play for Leeds United.”

“I’ll take the ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity for that loss, for the changes that I made and for the per­for­mances of some,” he con­tin­ued.

“I will also take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the changes I make in the sum­mer – you will see a Steve Evans’ Leeds United – you haven’t seen that yet.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

CRU­CIAL FIN­ISH: Mark Hud­son scores the first goal for Hud­der­s­field

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