Belfast Telegraph

Wagner praises his players after Terriers finally halt their slide

Huddersfield Town 4-1 Bournemouth

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner

By Mark Walker

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner saluted his side's character after they bounced straight out of the Premier League's relegation zone with a thumping 4-1 win against Bournemouth.

The Terriers secured their first points of 2018 and their first Premier League win since mid-December thanks to Alex Pritchard's first goal for the club, Steve Mounie's double and Rajiv van La Parra's stoppage time penalty.

Junior Stanislas had cancelled out Pritchard's early opener - which was also the 24-year-old playmaker's first Premier League goal - but Huddersfield halted their five-game losing run in the Premier League in style.

"It was a huge win for all of us," Wagner said. "We said before the game that this is massive for us and that after Old Trafford we had the difficult fixtures behind us.

"Now it's time to build up momentum against opponents which are in front of us, against whom we are more competitive.

"But it's one thing to speak about it and another thing - and this shows character - to do it and the players have done that."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe apologised to the club's travelling fans, who had set off on their long haul from the south coast to West Yorkshire in the early hours.

"I apologise to them for the performance," Howe said. "There's not much else I can say.

"When you're aware of the financial and time sacrifices that people make, you want to reward them with an inspiring performance, one that they can go away and talk about for many years. I don't think that will be happening after that."

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