You have to find that healthy balance
Huddersfield’s first ever Premier League visit to Turf Moor ended in a 0-0 draw and that was a result that seemed to satisfy both managers after what had been a dull game.
Town boss David Wagner said after the game: “It was a tight game, very even. Maybe they were the better side in the first half and we were better in the second half.
“I’m very pleased with our defensive work. Maybe we made too many mistakes in the first half. We spoke about it, then we had our moments. Everyone knows this is a difficult place to play. I’m OK with the result.”
Sean Dyche was OK with it too. “It’s a very pleasing point against a team who have made it clear they want to come out and have a go at the Premier League,” he said.
“I think a few of our fans today were thinking this would be a walk, but that just doesn’t happen in the Premier League, so I am very pleased with that point, another clean sheet and certain individual performances within that. I don’t always mention individuals but I thought Steven Defour was absolutely outstanding today.”
He added: “We were pushing throughout, but you have to be careful because you don’t want to open the door. No matter who you are playing, you have to find that healthy balance and we just about got it right overall.
“The thing I’m pleased about today was that there was more of a calmness to our play. We want to go for teams; everyone knows that, but now and again you have to find the calmness to diffuse that and we did that at times.”
The one thing that he was unhappy with was the incident that landed Huddersfield substitute Rajiv van La Parra a yellow card for simulation.
“My only gripe is they have to change the rules about retrospective banning, because I have seen a player dive today in a manner that is unacceptable in my opinion. I don’t know anything about the player, but there is this new rule and in theory if that’s a penalty, they score and we get nothing, and then something happens to that player retrospectively. Now what happens is because they didn’t get a penalty nothing happens and it’s unacceptable.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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