Bolton 0 Huddersfield 2: Wagner stays grounded after win

Nahki Wells gets a shot past Ben Amos but Prince-Desire Gouano blocks. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Nahki Wells gets a shot past Ben Amos but Prince-Desire Gouano blocks. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Huddersfield boss David Wagner played down his fans’ euphoria after a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win over bottom of the table Bolton completed an unbeaten holiday programme for the Terriers.

‘David Wagner is better than Klopp,” sang Town’s 2,200 supporters after second-half goals from Joe Lolley and Mustapha Carayol wrapped up a deserved victory.

“I think the fans are in euphoria because seven points in this busy period was good,” said Wagner, Borussia Dortmund’s reserve coach under new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“If you are euphoric then sometimes you say something you normally don’t say.”

Huddersfield’s second win in three games plus a 1-1 draw at QPR ensured the supporters went home well satisfied.

“All in all we did a very good job in this period,” added Wagner. “We scored in each game and we got a clean sheet today so everyone is happy and also satisfied.

“But I said to the lads after the game I don’t like anyone thinking this is something special. At the end we only did our job but it did feel good.”

Lolley made a 61st-minute breakthrough for Huddersfield, second best in the game for only the opening 25 minutes. Substitute Carayol, on loan from Middlesbrough, wrapped up the points three minutes from time.

“We had some problems the first 20 minutes and our movement and first touch weren’t good enough,” admitted Wagner. “This is why we had problems because Bolton were very aggressive.

“After this period we did it well, we created great chances and we should have scored more than two goals. But the result was fair.”

For opposite number Neil Lennon it was back to the drawing board after his own euphoria caused by a rare 1-0 win over Blackburn in Wanderers’ previous outing.

“When you are on top and in the position we find ourselves in we have to score,” he said. “For first 25 minutes we were dominant but you know when you don’t score there is fragility there.

“Huddersfield got the break with the goal and we seem to sag psychologically. Zach Clough had two good chances to equalise but scoring goals has been a problem all season. It has cost us again.

“We sent them out there to take the game to Huddersfield. They did that and showed they can be a good side. But then they seemed to lose their way and that comes with confidence.

“There is inconsistency and that’s why we find ourselves why we are. When their goal went in you could see the signs. We need to score first especially when we are on top.

“Some players are playing at a level they are at - some are playing maybe at higher level than they should be. And some players didn’t perform to their maximum and that’s disappointing from a manager’s point of view.”