After not one shot on target v Newcastle… David Wagner “We were worth a point”
If he ends up getting the boot by Huddersfield, David Wagner might consider taking up a new job as a comedian.
Almost certainly the most negative team we have seen all season at St James Park (apart from maybe Newcastle against Man City…) , the Terriers didn’t have a single shot on target.
Despite this, David Wagner announced after the game ‘The attitude, fighting spirit and how they followed the game plan was fantastic. I think we were worth a point.’
Well, the ‘game plan’ appeared to be to stay with everybody behind the ball and cross the halfway line when absolutely necessary.
Newcastle had three or four very good chances in the first half and if one of those had gone in, Huddersfield would have had to try and do something, with the net result surely being a three or four goal victory for Newcastle.
The total shots target was 18 to 4 in Newcastle’s favour and the only remote chance of NUFC conceding was when the visitors launched the odd free-kick from distance int the box.
This was maybe Martn Dubravka’s toughest game for Newcastle so far, when it came to trying to stay awake…
A fully deserved three points for Newcastle, even if they left it late.
“It’s a disappointing result for us but it’s my job to analyse this in the right way.
“Our idea was to frustrate them and sit deeper to minimise their clear-cut chances and hurt them on the counter-attack.
“In the first half Newcastle had good opportunities but in the second half I thought it was working for us.
“The attitude, fighting spirit and how they followed the game plan was fantastic.
“I think we were worth a point.
“We have six very interesting games remaining and I’m confident we will collect the points we need to survive in the Premier League.
“The players stuck to our idea and defended well but we’re aware we haven’t scored again and we will work on it.
“We had two big chances in the second-half, from Zanka on the set piece and at the end with Scott Malone.
“We didn’t use our chances and that is why we’ve lost the game today.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 0
Newcastle: Perez 80
Possession was Huddersfield 37% Newcastle 63%
Total shots were Huddersfield 4 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Huddersfield 0 Newcastle 3
Corners were Huddersfield 3 Newcastle 3
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 67), Shelvey, Diame (Hayden 79), Shelvey, Kenedy, Gayle (Slimani 75)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Murphy
Crowd: 52,261 (3,000 Huddersfield)
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 0 go HERE)
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