Derby County 2 Huddersfield Town 0: David Wagner retains his belief in Terriers squad

Huddersfield Town's head coach David Wagner took plenty of encouragement from his team's display even though they are now only seven points clear of the relegation zone.

“At the end, we had no complaints with the squad, they tried everything and worked unbelievably hard,” he said after defeat to the promotion-chasers.

“Derby had to produce one of their best performances to be able to beat us and so we can leave with our head up.

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“It’s important that you trust and believe in yourself and sometimes you get what you deserve and sometimes not.

“I think we didn’t get what we probably deserved, which was a draw or maybe more.

“We missed something, and not for the first time, but we will find the answer to this question and if we can do that we will react in the summer (transfer) window. They had a good chance and scored, we shot 10, 12 times from the box and didn’t score.”

The game was open from the start, with Cyrus Christie’s goal-line clearance in the second minute denying Harry Bunn and Tom Ince hitting a post before Chris Martin gave Derby the lead in the 31st minute.

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Christie crossed from the right and Martin got above Mark Hudson to head past Jed Steer.

Huddersfield had opportunities to level early in the second half, but a lack of a cutting edge cost Huddersfield and Derby punished them as Johnny Russell fired low past Steer after Martin set him up.

Derby County: Carson, Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Olsson, Butterfield (Bryson 64), Hanson (Thorne 78), Hendrick, Blackman (Russell 64), Martin, Ince. Unused substitutes: Grant, Buxton, Bent, Weimann.

Huddersfield Town: Steer, Smith, Hudson, Cranie, Husband, Dempsey, Whitehead, Lolley (Manu 77), Paterson (Bajaj 90), Bunn (Matmour 64), Wells. Unused substitutes: Davidson, Miller, Duane Holmes, Allinson.

Referee: E Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Man of the match: Cyrus Christie.