Huddersfield manager David Wagner hailed his sides 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Fulham as one of the most important victories of his three year tenure as coach of the Terriers.
The Yorkshire outfit had not scored a goal at the John Smiths Stadium for a mammoth 659 minutes before tonights encounter, and the winning goal would not come from a home player but rather from Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah who headed a Chris Lowe cross into his own net on 29 minutes.
Huddersfield were much the better side during the opening period and although the Cottagers improved after the break the home side held on for a tense victory.
Speaking afterward German coach Wagner was delighted to see his side get their first Premier League win of the season at the 11th attempt and once again paid tribute to Huddersfield’s fans.
“I don’t care who scored it or how we performed. People know we can perform better. The pressure was on for both teams but how we fought – we left everything on the grass.’’ Wagner told Sky Sports.
“It was deserved. First half we were clear and second half we were able to keep them away from our goal.
“This is huge for us. We have the winning feeling back. For sure it is one of the most important wins we’ve had in the last three years. Everybody needed this belief back. It’s massive for us.
“Nothing is more important than this winning feeling, happy faces in he dressing room and in the club and we are back in the race after 11 games.
“When you look at the fixtures in front of us they are teams in and around the area where they’ll be open games. Today I think we were the team who really wanted this win.
“The fans are amazing since I arrived three years ago. We are still in the bottom three, we won our first game after six and a half months at home and they really celebrated and cheered the players. You have to pay them back by going over and giving them a wave.”
Tonight’s win sees the Terriers move off the foot of the table into 18th, while Fulham drop to bottom spot.