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Huddersfield boss blames match officials for Newcastle defeat

3 years ago
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David Wagner felt that crucial decisions cost his team the match.

The Huddersfield boss believing that the first two goals shouldn’t have counted.

Wagner claiming that it was a handball by Jonjo Shelvey in the lead-up to the penalty, with his goalkeeper fouled supposedly for the second.

It was one of the softer penalties but as it was only Newcastle’s third of the season, nobody could claim it wasn’t overdue.

It was more of a penalty than the one Brighton were awarded on Tuesday night but just as in that game, there was plenty of time to recover for the team that conceded.

Not sure that David Wagner has any case for the second goal as the keeper got a hand to the ball but it is a bit of an exaggeration to say he had control of it.

The Huddersfield Head coach described it as a ‘few details’ going against his team.

Despite his frustrations with the goals, David Wagner also declared that Newcastle are ‘the best team in the division’.

Looking at the Championship table this Sunday morning I’m inclined to agree…

David Wagner:

“It was very difficult game today, everybody has seen that Newcastle are a very very good team  – the best team in the division in terms of organisation and how to manage a result.

“Unfortunately today, before the first two goals there are a few details that went against us.

“First penalty – I’m not sure whether it was a penalty – maybe a handball before.

“The second goal I think was a foul on (goalkeeper) Wardy because he controlled the ball.

“So this is harsh to take but the way the players managed the second half when two goals down against the best team in the division, I’m very happy and proud.

“Now it is very easy – accept it, leave it behind you.

“I think in the second half we did better because if the opposition is so deep and so compact, you have to use more of the diagonal ball and then create something from the wings.

“We created great moments but at the end it wasn’t enough.

“We lost this football match, don’t think too long about it – it makes no sense, we performed and this was very good in different circumstances – two down so early against Newcastle.

“The atmosphere was great, the energy in the stadium was great, so go forward and look forward.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3

Newcastle: Ritchie 10 (Pen), Murphy 32, Gayle 90+1

Huddersfield: Mooy 72 (Pen)

Possession was Huddersfield  76% Newcastle 24%

Total shots were Huddersfield 16 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Huddersfield 6 Newcastle 5

Corners were Huddersfield 9 Newcastle 3

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Gouffran 72), Shelvey, Atsu (Yedlin 82), Diame, Murphy (Gayle 66)

Unused Subs

Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez

Crowd: 23,213 (Newcastle 1,900)

(Go HERE to view the interactive Newcastle player ratings and to add your own)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction go HERE)

(To read what Daryl Murphy said after the final whistle go HERE)

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