Jurgen Klopp’s ex-assistant at Dortmund, David Wagner, has now been in charge of the Terriers for just over a month.
In this time he has managed three games, including one win and two losses – he has also had the hard task of overseeing a 3-0 defeat to local rivals Leeds United on home soil, with caretaker Mark Lillis in charge.
Undoubtedly, the style of play has changed from a defensive 4-5-1 under Chris Powell to a possession dominating 4-4-2 formation; seeing youngsters who missed out under former management included in the squad, and thrive to step up to the challenge.
This has allowed previously neglected ex-Kidderminster Harrier’s Joe Lolley to score two in two.
The inclusion of loanee’s Ben Chilwell and Emyr Huws has given the team more attacking prowess, and has allowed the central midfielders more time on the ball to pick out passes and keep possession.
Huddersfield have been unlucky in their two defeats under Wagner’s reign.
The first coming against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
The away side held their own for 60 minutes until lack of fitness came to Wednesday’s aid, and they ran away 3-1 winners.
Wagner’s second game in charge came at home to Middlesbrough.
15,434 fans turned up to welcome the new head coach to the John Smith Stadium, where the home team produced 75% possession but never had the composure required in front of goal and were unlucky to lose 2-0. Goals from ex-blue bearded Terrier Adam Clayton and forward Emilio Nsue ended the tie.
Wagner’s first win came away to Gary Rowett’s high flying Birmingham City. A very solid and deserved victory by the Terriers which saw them dominate attempts at goal and again see more possession.
An early goal from Joe Lolley and a two-yard finish from out of form Nahki Wells saw the Terriers win 2-0, and move out of the Championship’s bottom three.
All in all, David Wagner has seemingly added a confidence boost to the players and fans alike, the football is entertaining and the fitness seems to have improved drastically in the five weeks the German has been in charge.
A run of games coming up against lower Championship sides could see the Terriers rise up the league in the run up to Christmas, and the German head-coach could really make a name for himself in the English game.
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