Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Huddersfield's players and manager celebrated their play-off victory at one man's expense

Huddersfield's players and manager celebrated their play-off victory at one man's expense

Bookmakers are also preparing for Huddersfield becoming a top flight team, and many of them have started to give odds on what they can achieve next season.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner, who was greeted with scorn when Hoyle plucked him from his role as Borussia Dortmund's reserve team coach in November 2015, said he was delighted the team had disproved the critics. "They'll probably have to leave me alone for another 24 hours".

The Australia worldwide helped to pull the strings in midfield for the Terriers as they took on Reading in the Championship play-off final.

"I thought about halfway through the season, we'd played everyone, I just thought we had a chance".

"We've had such a great season - what a wonderful pay-off to the season".

"We're now just happy that we did it and we showed that you can get promoted with a low budget".

Wagner, who took Huddersfield from 19th last season to fifth in 2016-17, felt the club's rise to the Premier League could nearly be labelled a work of fiction.

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And their hero, once again, was on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward who, fresh from saving two spot-kicks in the semifinal against Sheffield Wednesday, kept out Jordan Obita's effort. "Smaller clubs can keep believing; you can achieve the impossible".

"I'm so pleased with my players, my group and the whole town, and for the chairman (Dean Hoyle) who backed almost all my ideas".

Wagner had his doubters when he took over the Yorkshire club last season, but has silenced them with a season of unexpected success after avoiding relegation last season.

The former St Mirren man added: "I'm not even thinking about the Premier League yet. Such a small club is now in the best league in the world, it's just insane".

"All I know is that every game is going to be a highlight for me next season and I am going to make sure I enjoy every second I am allowed to play in the Premier League".

We would pay good money to hear the "clunk" that accompanied the impact but we'll just have to make do with the awesome visual.

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