Good not great: David Wagner hails "massive three points" as Huddersfield close gap on Championship leaders Newcastle United

Thumbs up: Rajiv van la Parra celebrates his winning goal (Photo: PA)

Thumbs up: Rajiv van la Parra celebrates his winning goal (Photo: PA)

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Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner hailed a "good but not perfect performance" but refused to be drawn on talk of gatecrashing the automatic-promotion places after the narrow win over Brentford.

Rajiv van La Parra's freak goal just before the half hour was all that separated the Bees and an impressive Huddersfield outfit who closed the gap on the Sky Bet Championship top two to six points.

Focused: David Wagner watches on during the game (Photo: PA)

Focused: David Wagner watches on during the game (Photo: PA)

His cross-shot found the back of the net after a bizarre series of ricochets between Brentford skipper Harlee Dean and goalkeeper Daniel Bentley for a strike which is likely to keep the dubious goals panel busy.

And when Bees striker Lasse Vibe skied an almost open goal just after the break, it turned the advantage back towards David Wagner's side.

"I'm very happy and very proud. It was a massive three points against a very good Brentford team and following a busy spell of games," he said.

"Brentford had some very good opportunities as did we but neither side took them. We had chances to kill the game but we didn't so in the end yes, I am happy."

The German insisted the goal, which found the net after touching two Bees players, was Van La Parra's second of the campaign.

He said: "It's a good strike and the keeper was surprised and the ball was in the net so I am happy for Rajiv. We sometimes criticise his end product but today he delivered."

Wagner insists he is looking no further ahead than the next game, adding: "We will only be focused on what we can influence and what we can influence is that we prepare for Bristol City so we can be as good as we can."

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