Wagner admits Huddersfield players low on confidence

HUDDERSFIELD boss David Wagner admitted his players were low on confidence as they lost 2-0 at Everton.

The Terriers slumped to a fourth straight league defeat for the first time since November 2000 and have now failed to score in eight successive games on the road.

Second-half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin proved decisive as Everton gave new boss Sam Allardyce a winning start.

Wagner said: “It was a disappointing afternoon for us. Everton had this bit more quality and creativity, especially for the first goal, and they deserved this win. “I’m disappointed about the game. It makes no sense, and this is very important, that we now speak about four defeats in a row because you have to analyse every defeat and each has its own story.

“This was a very disappointing one because we didn’t perform. The players have the talent to create, they have the quality, but they were not able to show it.”

Calvert-Lewin had a hand in both goals, his neat flick setting up Sigurdsson for the opener two minutes into the second half and then firing home via a deflection after running on to Wayne Rooney’s slide-rule pass in the 73rd minute.

Allardyce, who described his Goodison Park reception prior to kick-off as “fantastic”, said: “I’m so pleased Dominic got a goal after his work on the front line.

“A young centre-froward learning his trade in the Premier League and to get that goal at that particular time just killed Huddersfield off.”

Allardyce hopes it is “onwards and upwards” in his dream job after winning his first game in charge, having signed an 18-month deal.

“It took me six games at Palace (to get my first win) and everybody was telling everybody else I’d come back too soon; wasn’t the man I used to be,” he said.

“If I take a job I’m totally, fully, 100 per cent committed and I don’t take the job in any other circumstances. If I feel I can’t give 100 per cent to the football club, then I wouldn’t take the job. “I turned many a job down before this one. I felt this one was right for me. It’s a dream job for me and I’ll give it 100 per cent.”

The former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace boss is in his 11th job in a 26-year managerial career but a dire first half at Goodison Park was not the start he had wanted.

Allardyce said: “Our resilience out of possession is looking very good. In possession, particularly in the first half, was a surprise.

“I thought we were going to be better than that after Wednesday night (beating West Ham 4-0). It didn’t happen in the first half but in the second we got what we wanted.”

Allardyce said two straight wins had “taken the pressure off the club” and a main priority now was to get his injured players, such as Ross Barkley, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Michael Keane, all back in action.

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