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Huddersfield Town raves of survival: “We have always come back”

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Within a span of four days, Huddersfield Town scrapped draws against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Terrier mentality. Fitting.

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Manager David Wagner, a former USMNT player, led the way for Town from Moment No. 1 and will be tipped for bigger jobs. He’s happy at the John Smith’s Stadium. From the BBC:

“My English is not good enough to give the players the credit they deserve. If you have the passion, desire and spirit you can compete with top top quality and you saw today that we can do it. We had luck, no doubt about it, but if any players deserve it it’s this set of players.

“I never doubted their mental strength. We have so many experiences, the play-offs, the final, some very big dips in the season, five defeats in a row. We have always come back.”

“The people in Huddersfield, and the town and supporters and this football club, to describe them, they are humble but they are ambitious. They have the spirit to work and to fight, and this is exactly what this football team has shown in this season.”

Couldn’t put it better ourselves.

Town deserves every bit of its survival, even if goalkeeper Jonas Lossl should never buy anything in town again following an unreal save on

“This was definitely the most important save in my career, no doubt about it,” he said.

Like fellow promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton, it’ll be down to finding a fine striker if the next step is coming next season.

Town has its midfielder/playmaker/hard-edged man in Aaron Mooy, and he’s quite happy after moving from Man City. He says his manager is a difference maker.

“We knew it was going to be tough, Chelsea have so many talented players,” Mooy said. “We had to get close to them and make it difficult. … David Wagner has kept a level head all season, he has done an amazing job. He gives us belief and confidence.”

And perhaps no one put it better than this line on NBCSN courtesy Laurent Depoitre.

“It was very hard, we ran a lot.”

They don’t call him the best color man in the biz for nothing.

Huddersfield stuns Man City in scoreless draw

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  • City blanked for 2nd time this season
  • Town goes three clear of 17th
  • Champions get PL trophy
  • City move to 94 points

Huddersfield Town picked up a stunning clean sheet and point at Manchester City on Sunday, putting a small dark cloud of City’s Premier League trophy celebration at the Etihad Stadium.

For Man City, it’s the first time they’ve been shutout at home this Premier League season and the second time in all competitions (Wolves in the League Cup).

Huddersfield Town’s 36 points with two matches to play are three more than 16th place Swansea City and 17th place Southampton, who play each other in the run-in.

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Jonas Lossl and the Town defense were under pressure early, with David Silva forcing a save as Man City set up shop within five minutes of kickoff.

Town got a fine chance off a quickly-played free kick to Florent Hadergjonaj, but Ederson was able to get low on the Swiss back’s less than ideal effort.

That seemed to snap City back into the match, with Kevin De Bruyne coming within a yard of snapping Leroy Sane’s cut back inside the near post.

Town’s Alex Pritchard knuckled a shot toward goal in the 20th minute, and Ederson did well to tip it just past the post for a corner.

Man City was undoubtedly the dominant side in the second half, but could not break Town down. Bernardo Silva missed the far post in the 84th minute with a chance that had the Etihad Stadium crowd gasping in disappointment.

Scott Malone nearly stole a stoppage time win from City, but Ederson made a save during four minutes of stoppage time.

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Newcastle United 1-0 Huddersfield: Dominant Magpies break through

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  • Magpies miss myriad chances before Perez finishes late
  • Town remains in relegation trouble
  • Magpies’ third-straight home shutout

Ayoze Perez’s late goal sent Newcastle United seven points clear of the drop zone with a 1-0 win over visiting Huddersfield Town at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Town is just three points clear of the drop after the win, with David Wagner‘s men outclassed aside from a late push.

Chelsea loanee Kenedy now has two goals and two assists in seven matches for Rafa Benitez.

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Town’s Aaron Mooy gave away a dangerous set piece and picked up a yellow card for a two-footed takedown of Ayoze Perez, and Newcastle presided over a 25-yard free kick just left of center. Jonjo Shelvey‘s effort was partially blocked by the wall.

The Magpies were buzzing, with Dwight Gayle having a bicycle kick blocked and Shelvey just missing the far post with his rebound bid.

Jonas Lossl slid to deny Matt Ritchie in the 16th minute, the visitors alive despite the early frenzy.

Shelvey used a quick free start to send Gayle 1v1 with Lossl, but the English striker’s cheeky chip was wayward. And Gayle lifted a DeAndre Yedlin cross over the bar in the 33rd. Messy.

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There was more Newcastle as the second half began, and the hard-tackling Magpies had the Terriers on the ground a few times over the first five minutes.

Newcastle was finally rewarded, with substitutes Christian Atsu and Islam Slimani (on debut) making an impact. Perez found Atsu on the right, and Slimani challenged Lossl for the cross before the ball fell to Kenedy. The Brazilian squared the ball to Perez for the finish.

Slimani won an 85th minute free kick, and Shelvey rocketed it over the bar.

Tottenham 2-0 Huddersfield Town: Son the star

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  • Son finishes first half team goal
  • Then latches onto beautiful Kane cross
  • Spurs move third for time being

Heung-Min Son scored a pair of goals as Tottenham Hotspur cruised past Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Spurs are unbeaten in 17 matches and hasn’t lost to a promoted side in 16. They are a point ahead of Liverpool, who kicks off versus Newcastle to finish Saturday’s matches.

Huddersfield Town sees its two-match winning run end, and is three points clear of the drop zone.

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There was an early injury… to a referee. Mike Jones hurt his calf in warm-up and needed to swap spots with fourth official Kevin Friend.

Jonas Lossl made a fine save on Harry Kane, and the latter won a dangerous free kick in the 19th minute. Christian Eriksen presided over the chance, and his shot was deflected wide of the goal by the wall.

Son scored a terrific goal to give Spurs a well-earned lead, dancing around Lossl to finish a very well-worked team goal. It started with an Eriksen pick and fine vision by Eric Dier.

Lossl made another good stop on Kane in the 38th minute, collecting the well-protected rebound.

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Terence Kongolo got away with what should’ve been a penalty kick award to Son and Spurs.

The South Korean wasn’t deterred and scored a goal within two minutes when Kane delivered a remarkable cross over the Town defense and onto the path of Son.

His second, Spurs second, Town’s death knell on the day.

West Brom 1-2 Huddersfield Town: Terriers climb

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  • Van la Parra gives Terriers lead
  • Mounie makes it 2-0
  • Dawson pullback not enough

Rajiv Van la Parra and Steve Mounie scored second half goals to boost Huddersfield Town four points clear of the drop zone with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Craig Dawson scored to give the Baggies hope of a comeback, but it was deflated and West Brom is now seven points back of safety with 10 matches to play.

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West Brom saw an early chance fall to Salomon Rondon, but the Venezuelan blazed over the bar.

Huddersfield were unlucky with a chance produced by Florent Hadergjonaj, as an Alex Pritchard shot caught a teammate in the face and the Terriers couldn’t clean up the loose ball.

Matt Phillips provided a typical fine cross to James McClean near the halftime whistle, but the Irish attacker belted it high.

Town took the lead after halftime, as Van la Parra’s mishit cross was rescued by Collin Quaner and sent into the goal by the same man who bungled the cross.

And Mounie made West Brom’s short-term and long-term fate look dim by putting down a second Town marker off an assist from club record signing Pritchard.

Hold on, though.

Dawson had an answer for the hosts off a Chris Brunt cross, and it was nearly level when Jonas Lossl denied Brunt late on.

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