The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ricky Charlesworth

HUD­DER­S­FIELD won’t give up on au­to­matic pro­mo­tion ac­cord­ing to man­ager David Wag­ner.

The Ger­man watched his side com­plete a ter­rific win over Pre­ston on Good Fri­day as they kept up the heat on Brighton and Newcastle.

With games run­ning out, Wag­ner is erring on the side of cau­tion when it comes to hi­jack­ing a top-two place, but that doesn’t mean he is giv­ing up ahead of Mon­day’s trip to Derby.

“There are five games left for us now, and we must fo­cus on our­selves,” said Wag­ner.

“All the fo­cus is on Derby County now and what a great place to go.

“With the ef­fort we showed against Pre­ston, it’s an ex­cit­ing game to go into.

“In English foot­ball you have to be used to quick turn­arounds so we will make sure we are fresh as we can be.”

Collin Quaner net­ted a dra­matic 96th-minute win­ner against North End, slid­ing the ball into the net af­ter Aaron Mooy’s penalty had been saved by Chris Maxwell.

Town trailed to an ex­cel­lent first-half fin­ish from Ever­ton loa­nee Ai­den McGeady af­ter he cut in­side and lashed past Danny Ward.

But Hud­der­s­field fought back into the con­test and pegged the vis­i­tors back just be­fore the in­ter­val when Elias Kachunga headed home Mooy’s cor­ner.

Jack Payne nod­ded in a Tommy Smith cross to put Town 2-1 up only for Jor­dan Hugill to nod home a header that looked as if it would have been enough to seal a point.

But a foul on Kachunga in the box in stop­page time made all the dif­fer­ence and paved the way for Quaner’s late, late win­ner.

As for Pre­ston, the de­feat put paid to their faint play-off hopes and man­ager Si­mon Grayson was bla­tantly un­happy at the late penalty de­ci­sion that went against his team. “I was very dis­ap­pointed and it was some­thing we didn’t de­serve,” said a frus­trated Grayson. “In the end we were un­done by a re­ally poor ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion. “I spoke to the ref af­ter and also looked at the footage, and there’s noth­ing in it. Ul­ti­mately it’s cost us the game.” North End host Nor­wich on Mon­day and Grayson wants it to be the plat­form for a strong end to the cam­paign now that their hopes of mak­ing the top six are over.

He added: “We’ve got few in­juries but we’ve got a good squad and still have play­ers avail­able for the next game against Nor­wich.

“We’ll try and keep our strong home form go­ing.

“Nor­wich are un­der­achiev­ing this sea­son but it’s about us and mak­ing a strong fin­ish to the sea­son.

“We fin­ished 11th last term so the aim is to do bet­ter than last year.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ON THE WAY: Hud­der­s­field’s Elias Kachunga cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s first goal. INSET: Hud­der­s­field’s Collin Quaner scores their third fol­low­ing a saved penalty

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