TERRIERS WILL KEEP FIGHTING
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.”
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