Wag­ner: Town gave Cher­ries early presents

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

67 per cent of posses­sion, but the dam­age had al­ready been done.

Ter­ence Kon­golo pulled one goal back for the vis­i­tors, but the Ter­ri­ers could not break down the home side to steal at least a point - which could be cru­cial in the rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

Boss Wag­ner ad­mit­ted his side did not de­serve any­thing from the match, high­light­ing Town’s poor de­fen­sive dis­play in the open­ing half hour as a key rea­son for the loss.

He said: “I would like to make it clear, I don’t think we de­served any­thing out of the game be­cause de­fen­sively we gave two easy goals away, which were presents.

“Of­fen­sively, we haven’t put the chances away, you can’t hope for some­thing out of foot­ball matches.

“Yes, ev­ery­thing in be­tween was good, we played well, it was a very good per­for­mance, we were brave, we pressed them high, we cre­ated good chances but we gave Christ­mas presents away and that is why we didn’t de­serve some­thing out of this game.

“We know ex­actly what we have done well, ev­ery­one has seen it, but we know ex­actly what we have to do bet­ter to col­lect points.

“If we con­tinue to per­form like this and con­tinue to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties, we have to put them away.

“This isn’t the first time in the sea­son we have had a lot of praise for our per­for­mances, but we have to make a few things bet­ter.

“The sea­son is on, we are in the mid­dle of the race and we know ex­actly what we have to do bet­ter. I am frus­trated and dis­ap­pointed, and I am an­gry as well to be to­tally hon­est,” added the head coach, who re­vealed Ab­del­hamid Sabiri had a bad shoul­der in­jury. “We were not con­cen­trat­ing and fo­cused enough. “If you give these presents away and you are 2-0 down, even if the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion be­fore the first free-kick was any­thing but a foul, we have to de­fend it cor­rectly and hold your line. “On the other side, the chances we cre­ated which we haven’t used are presents as well - and be­fore Christ­mas we gave Bournemouth a lot of presents and this is why we didn’t de­serve to get any­thing out of this game. “Even if, in be­tween, the guys played well and it was a very good per­for­mance in which we con­trolled the game, we can­not make the mis­takes which we have done de­fen­sively or of­fen­sively, and this is why we have to blame our­selves. “We know we per­formed on a high level, not for the first time, and we feel we are com­pet­i­tive, but there are sit­u­a­tions where we have to be more con­cen­trated and more fo­cused and bet­ter.”

On the other side, the chances we cre­ated which we haven’t used are presents as well

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