David Wagner registered his first win as head coach of Huddersfield Town with a 2-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrews.
The victory moves the Terriers out of the relegation places, and they couldn’t have got off to a better start as Joe Lolley pounced on Sean Scannell’s cross after just 31 seconds to put Town in front.
Birmingham were toothless in the final third but Huddersfield goalkeeper kept an effort by Jon Toral out while Nicolai Brock-Madsen failed to connect with David Davis’ cross, before Nahki Wells sealed the victory for Town from another Scannell cross.
It was the Terriers’ first win in seven matches, while the Blues have won just one of their last six home games, and have now lost their last three fixtures on the bounce.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Sean Makin identifies three things we learned from yesterday’s match…
1) The Huddersfield players are buying in Wagner’s methods
The Huddersfield players look to be really buying in to Wagner’s methods of the high-pressing game, and he must be delighted to see it pay off after two straights defeats, one of which was against Middlesbrough, in which his team dominated for the majority of the match.
It makes a massive change from the conservative Chris Powell, who had a more cautious approach to games, whereas Wagner likes to attack from the off regardless of opposition and that showed as they took the lead against Birmingham after just 31 seconds.
2) Birmingham are badly missing key players
Stating the obvious here for Birmingham fans but they are badly missing key players at the moment.
They had one fit recognised striker for the visit of Huddersfield in Brock-Madsen, as James Vaughan was ineligible to play against the club he is on loan from.
The Blues are missing the attacking threat from David Cotterill and the striking prowess of Clayton Donaldson, who is their top goal scorer so far. Unsurprisingly, they were poor in the final third of the field.
They also missed the leadership of their captain Paul Robinson as the defence were all at sea for both Huddersfield goals.
3) Expect activity from both clubs in the January transfer window
Both clubs will be looking to strengthen their respective squads once the transfer window opens in the New Year.
Birmingham boss Gary Rowett has spoken of his side’s lack of quality in the depth of his squad, while Huddersfield head coach Wagner has been given money to spend by his chairman with a striker probably at the top of the shopping list for the Terriers.
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