‘We can’t make mis­takes like these and ex­pect points in Premier League’

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD SUT­CLIFFE

DAVID WAG­NER be­moaned the “presents” Hud­der­s­field Town gifted Le­ices­ter City as his side slumped to the bot­tom of the Premier League.

The Ter­ri­ers went ahead through Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jor­gensen in­side four min­utes at the King Power Sta­dium but went on to lose 3-1.

It was Hud­der­s­field’s fourth de­feat in half-a-dozen league out­ings, and life is not about to get any eas­ier with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur due at the John Smith’s Sta­dium on Satur­day.

“The play­ers per­formed to a de­cent level,” said Wag­ner, whose side were beaten by goals from Kelechi Iheana­cho, James Mad­di­son and Jamie Vardy.

“But we made so many big in­di­vid­ual mis­takes – and es­pe­cially be­fore the three goals.

“The first was a poor touch and we con­ceded a counter from our set play.

“The sec­ond we gave away a free-kick in a very dan­ger­ous area when we could very eas­ily have cleared the ball and then, for the third one, we pro­duced a missed pass in an area where ev­ery­one knows this is not pos­si­ble against a team like Le­ices­ter, be­cause of how they play in be­hind.

“Jamie Vardy has scored a hun­dred of these goals, so ev­ery sin­gle goal we con­ceded was a present. The op­po­si­tion didn’t have to in­vest enough to score against us.

“The play­ers have been in foot­ball long enough to know there was some­thing for us in this game. We looked solid for long pe­ri­ods and went in front. We also had clear-cut chances to score when it was still at 1-1.

“We can’t make mis­takes like this and ex­pect to get points in the Premier League.”

MATHIAS ‘ZANKA’ JOR­GENSEN has never taken no­tice of a league ta­ble this early in a sea­son, even when win­ning the ti­tle – and not avoid­ing rel­e­ga­tion – was the tar­get.

So the Dan­ish in­ter­na­tional can surely be for­given for not break­ing that habit with Hud­der­s­field Town sit­ting rock bot­tom of the Premier League with just two points from the open­ing half-dozen games.

Nev­er­the­less these are wor­ry­ing times for the Ter­ri­ers after an­other de­feat that is best de­scribed as be­ing self-in­flicted.

Le­ices­ter City claimed all three points thanks to a trio of fin­ishes that may well fea­ture in the club’s top 10 goals of the sea­son come May.

There was a light­ning quick break­away that ended with Kelechi Iheana­cho find­ing the cor­ner of the net in clin­i­cal fash­ion.

Then came a quite ex­quis­ite free-kick from James Mad­di­son that would have tested any goal­keeper, and Jamie Vardy’s dinked fin­ish for the third goal after an­other swift break was also out of the top drawer.

What re­mains galling, how­ever, from a Hud­der­s­field per­spec­tive is that all three goals came on the back of mis­takes that sim­ply do not be­long at this level.

Be it Erik Durm get­ting caught in pos­ses­sion as the last man for the opener or the need­less foul by Adama Di­akhaby that pre­sented Mad­di­son with the op­por­tu­nity he took so im­pres­sively 20 min­utes into the sec­ond half, Town were their own worst en­e­mies.

As was the case again for the clincher from Vardy, who was only able to gal­lop clear after Ra­jiv Van la Parra had gifted pos­ses­sion to the Foxes on half­way with as lazy a pass as the top flight will see all sea­son.

Add to these ba­sic er­rors in de­fence the two spurned chances by Lau­rent De­poitre and it was no won­der the re­turn trip back up the M1 for the club’s 2,300 or so trav­el­ling sup­port­ers was pep­pered by con­ver­sa­tions that be­gan with the words ‘if only’.

“The man­ager is a bit ag­i­tated at us right now and he should be,” ad­mit­ted Jor­gensen, who had given Town the lead via his first goal in Eng­lish foot­ball, to The York­shire Post.

“He had the right to be frus­trat- ed with us and we have to be a lit­tle bit frus­trated at our­selves, too.

“Look­ing through the game we had the chances and there was some­thing there for us to take. But we made too many in­di­vid­ual er­rors. That cost the team.

“We have to look through the game and think about what we can all do bet­ter.”

The af­ter­noon had started so brightly for Jor­gensen and Town.

A long throw by Phillip Billing, some­thing that has be­come an im­por­tant part of the Ter­ri­ers’ at­tack­ing ar­moury this sea­son, could not be cleared by Wil­fred Ndidi un­der in­tense pres­sure from De­poitre.

The ball broke in the six-yard area and Jor­gensen, who in the sum­mer be­came the first Hud­der­s­field player to score in a World Cup fi­nals, pounced to beat Dan­ish team-mate Kasper Sch­me­ichel with a first-time shot.

With just four min­utes on the clock it was the per­fect start for a side that have found goals as hard to come by as points this sea­son.

What Town needed to do was keep things tight and let the home fans’ dis­con­tent with Claude Puel al­low the at­mo­sphere to sour.

In­stead Durm’s reck­less dash from his own half and sub­se­quent fail­ure to col­lect a clear­ance after a Hud­der­s­field cor­ner had come to noth­ing al­lowed Le­ices­ter to break in num­bers.

Mad­di­son re­leased Vardy and he, in turn, sent Iheana­cho clear to drive the ball be­yond Jonas Lossl and un­der­line to Durm, on his first league start fol­low­ing a sum­mer move from Borus­sia Dort­mund, just how un­for­giv­ing the Premier League can be.

“I have to say sorry for my very big mis­take,” said the Ger­man. “I feel very up­set about that as it cost us the goal.”

Hud­der­s­field lost their way for a time after the equaliser and there could be lit­tle doubt Wag­ner’s men were the hap­pier of the two sides to hear the half-time whis­tle.

The break did the trick and Town re­ally should have re­claimed the lead just after the hour when van la Parra’s pass sent De­poitre clear.

A first-time shot was needed but the Bel­gian dithered, al­low­ing suf­fi­cient time for Eng­land de­fender Harry Maguire, hardly renowned for his speed, to get back and nick the ball off the striker’s toe.

Such profli­gacy was pun­ished only three min­utes later when Di­akhaby’s heavy touch and then foul on Nepalmys Mendy was fol­lowed by Mad­di­son curl­ing the re­sult­ing free-kick be­yond Lossl.

Vardy then wrapped up the points by latch­ing on to Ihea- na­cho’s through ball 15 min­utes from the end, but there was still time for De­poitre to head straight at Sch­me­ichel when well placed, as if to un­der­line the con­trast­ing qual­ity in each penalty area that had proved to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams.

“It is not con­cern­ing,” added Jor­gensen when asked about Town’s lowly league po­si­tion. “I do not take any no­tice of the league ta­ble at this stage. I didn’t when at Copen­hagen when we were fight­ing for the cham­pi­onship and I don’t do it here when try­ing to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

“This is the life of the un­der­dog. We might take a dif­fer­ent path this year, but I am con­fi­dent we will get where we want to be come the end of the sea­son.

“The per­for­mances in the last three games have been good. That is why we have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

“You maybe can’t see from the re­sults that the per­for­mances were good, but we can feel it. Hope­fully, our sup­port­ers can feel it, too.”

BRIGHT START: Mathias Jor­gensen is mobbed after putting Hud­der­s­field ahead, top. Left, Le­ices­ter’s Rachid Ghez­zal goes past Town’s Ra­jiv van La Parra. Right, Kelechi Iheana­cho is held off by Town de­fender Ter­ence Kon­golo. PIC­TURES: NIGEL FRENCH/PA

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