Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wagner surprised by on song Huddersfield's start

Wagner surprised by on song Huddersfield's start

Huddersfield Town claimed victory in their first ever home Premier League match and made it two wins from two this season by beating Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

While Wagner and his buoyant players can do no wrong, Newcastle have endured a hard return to the highest level, Rafael Benitez now having overseen successive defeats after a 2-0 loss at home to Tottenham in the opening round of the campaign.

Newcastle saw a couple of half-hearted penalty appeals turned down in the first half, one for a possible handball from Cris Lowe, the other when Dwight Gayle was dispossessed quite fairly by Christopher Schindler, while it took Huddersfield the whole 45 minutes to stretch the visitors' defence.

Huddersfield had the better of the game, but Newcastle created a number of chances.

"I'm not happy because we have lost two games".

"He's training with the Under 23s and if there are offers for him, I'll be open to them", the German manager said. Having received the ball on the left side, the Australian midfielder played a one-two with striker Elias Kachunga before curling the ball in to the top-right corner from the edge of the box.

"I believe we will bounce back". We got promoted at Wembley but we have started the season with two wins and six points.

And Wagner will take a relatively unchanged squad into the Newcastle match, with Socceroo Aaron Mooy no doubt keen to double down on his spectacular Premier League debut.

Manager Rafael Benitez told the BBC: "We are at the beginning, we have to keep going".

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"Obviously we are working behind the scenes trying to do things but I don't know which is our position at the moment".

"We only wanted to be fearless in every single game and we have done that so far". I am delighted with the performance and result.

When it was suggested his team always faced a tough task tackling Huddersfield in the Terriers' first Premier League home game, the Spanish boss replied: "It depends how you come".

Mooy's long and winding road to the top of the football heap was hardly conventional - he played for Bolton Wanderers as a trainee before heading to Scotland as a 20-year-old to play for St Mirren.

"It is a learning process so we have to learn quickly", he said.

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