The Huddersfield boss was understandably ecstatic, David Wagner seeing his side go joint top on six points after the opening two matches.

The Terriers started the season with a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace but Wagner claims his side’s 1-0 win over Newcastle ‘was a more deserved result’.

David Wagner believes that his players ‘were lucky in a lot of situations’ at Selhurst Park but it was a different story against the Magpies.

Last season Rafa Benitez appeared to get his tactics exactly right with a 3-1 away win – today though saw Newcastle limited to only one serious effort on goal that featured Ritchie denied by an excellent save from the home keeper.

Aside from that Newcastle were toothless and Wagner says his tactics were ‘To try and go in their faces and press them high’, which he claimed worked to perfection and Huddersfield ‘looked good and got a deserved win’.

The biggest problems staring Rafa Benitez in the face, appears to be creating chances and turning them into goals.

Even with three defenders out injured the defence did ok – but up front you just can’t get away with trying to do it on the cheap.

David Wagner:

“We are Huddersfield Town, nobody must forget that.

“We got promoted via Wembley, we started this season with two wins, two clean sheets with six points, this is unbelievable.

“This is something where everybody had to invest in so much, and they have done it. So I am very happy for them as these were not lucky points which we have on the board already and we deserve the points.

“And this is very important and the performance was very good as well.

“This was a more deserved result for us today than last week (v Palace), in my opinion, where we were lucky in a lot of situations.

“We gave too many chances away with the defence (v Palace) but today we were very strong on the defence.

“I am very happy and proud that the players really followed our idea to try and keep Newcastle as far away as possible from our goal.

“To try and go in their face and press them high.

“We have done this over a good period in the game, we gave away no big or clear-cut chances and our defence’s performance was very sharp. We looked good and got a deserved win.

“We knew that Newcastle were difficult to break down, we had to be patient and were, then we had one great and magic moment from Aaron Mooy that was enough to win this game.

“And I am delighted today with the result and performance. This was a great day for us today, the first Premier League home game in the club’s history, a win and a clean sheet, so I am delighted.

“In a match like today, you have to make sure you don’t invite them for counter-attacks, we were patient enough to be successful.

“This was Premier League support today and I’m glad the players were able to provide the win for them.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Huddersfield: Aaron Mooy 50

Possession was Huddersfield 53% Newcastle 47%

Total shots were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Huddersfield  3 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 3

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 76), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Murphy 80), Gayle (Joselu 52)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Aarons, Saivet, Mitrovic

Crowd: 24,128

Referee: Craig Pawson

(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game here)

(Graeme Souness slaughtered one Newcastle player for the defeat, read here)

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(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match, read it here)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction after the final whistle here)

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  • anyobrien

    I worked there for a few years and rugby league was there game. Ffs it will be again in five years time…….

  • Leicester Mag

    The scariest part of all this is that I watched the game in a pub in Leicester with a fellow exile. Even 10years ago there would have been 15 – 20 fans in there. Today 2 of us. No one else bothered, watch in silence walked out at end hardly bothered. No anger just helpless frustration thanks Mike from turning a love and a passion into a hollow shell.

    • Leazes Ender

      Ashley is slowly killing the club.

      • Jimblag23

        Slowly? Took him about 6 months.

      • Alex

        And, having built some ‘value’ back into his asset with Rafa and promotion, he’s slowly losing that value again.

  • Jimblag23

    Wagners team did deserve to win but they’ll have to improve in the future because they weren’t very good today.
    Luckily they played an abysmal side on this occasion.

  • DC1964

    Look at Dean Hoyle there today, proud as punch! Ashley doesn’t give a stuff!