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David Wagner hails ‘brave’ Huddersfield after second successive win

David Wagner, Manager of Huddersfield Town celebrate victory after the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

Huddersfield Town went second in the table with their second win in the Premier League, proving their German manager David Wagner’s theory that anything is possible in football.

“I always say that to the players and now we are the living proof,” the Huddersfield manager said after Aaron Mooy’s superb shot five minutes after half-time sealed the victory. “I did not expect to be here but we must not forget that while we have had two great results we are still only two games into the season. All we want to do is to be brave in every single game and we have done that so far.

“There was a real Premier League atmosphere at the stadium today. I noticed the difference even from the coach on the way in to the game. I just told the players to enjoy it, because they have made it happen. I am enjoying it too. I was a little bit more relaxed this week after the win at Crystal Palace.”

It is true that Huddersfield have yet to face an elite Premier League side, though Wagner will not entertain any suggestion that their two opening victories have come against lesser opponents. “We, as Huddersfield Town, will never ever speak about weaker teams in the Premier League,” he said. “We have respect. We know where we have come from.”

This win was all the sweeter for reversing a 3-1 defeat when the two sides met in the corresponding fixture in the Championship last season. “We lost that game in a few seconds because we made a couple of mistakes,” Wagner said. “Today we did everything right. Everything in the Premier League is a little bit quicker so you have to be fit and on your game and at the moment we are.”

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Paul Wilson at the John Smith's Stadium, for The Guardian on Sunday 20th August 2017 18.06 Europe/London

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