11 Mar Huddersfield boss David Wagner in positive mindset after Swansea draw
David Wagner focused on only the positives after Huddersfield were held to a goalless draw by 10-man relegation rivals Swansea.
The early omens looked good for Huddersfield when Swansea forward Jordan Ayew was shown a straight red card in the 11th minute for his studs-up tackle on Jonathan Hogg.
Wagner’s side went on to have 81 per cent of possession as Swansea barely escaped from their own half and visiting boss Carlos Carvalhal’s final-whistle celebrations said it all.
“This is what we have to accept,” said Wagner, whose side edged four points clear of the bottom three, level on points with Swansea.
“This is why the result is frustrating, but the performance was good and I’m the last one who makes the mistake to take out of this game only the negatives.
“I’m able, and we are all together able, to take the positives out of this game.
“There were so many positive things which we have seen today in terms of how we dominated them, how we created our opportunities and how we kept the balance behind the ball and never let them have a breather.”
Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie’s thumping second-half volley was brilliantly turned on to the cross bar by Lucasz Fabianski, shots from Hogg and Florent Hadergjonaj flew agonisingly wide and Tom Ince’s downward header hit a post in the final minute.
“We played very well. We overloaded. The performance was good, without scoring,” Wagner added. “There were a lot of positives and this is exactly what we take out of this game.
“It’s very important that we can manage results, win, lose or draw. Today we deserved more, for sure, with this performance and these chances, but we were unlucky.”
The managers were at odds over Ayew’s straight red card after both had viewed video footage.
Carvalhal said his club may appeal, while Wagner was in no doubt the Ghana international’s dismissal was justified.
Swansea have lost just twice in 16 matches in all competitions under Carvalhal, who used another musical analogy to sum up his side’s afternoon.
The Portuguese, who recently described Swansea’s football as ‘rock n roll’, said this time his players had been forced to listen to Huddersfield’s ‘opera’.
“They put the music on and it was opera because they put the ball right and left, right and left and it looked like opera,” he said.
“That’s why I say we win an epic point, because in opera sometimes the word ‘epic’ appears very often.
“That was the music they put on. Opera. As you know the style of Huddersfield, right and left, to try and open spaces and so on.
“But at the end we were listening to the music, but achieved what we wanted and this is most important.”