David Wagner hails Huddersfield's hammering of leaders Brighton

02 February 2017 11:09

David Wagner hailed Huddersfield's best display of the season as they showed their promotion credentials with an impressive 3-1 win at home to leaders Brighton.

A blistering first-half performance saw goals from Tommy Smith, Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga give the Terriers a commanding lead.

Wagner's side comfortably held on after the break, with Lewis Dunk sent off for the Seagulls in the 67th minute.

Victory cemented Huddersfield's place in the play-offs and leaves them seven points adrift of Newcastle, who occupy the second automatic spot.

"The boys were fantastic today," boss Wagner said. "They were on the front foot, brave and totally deserved it.

"We've had a lot of good performances this season but that might be the best. We chased them over the whole pitch and kept high pressure.

"We took the energy from the stands onto the grass. We are fresh, humble, hungry and greedy.

"The boys can be proud of themselves after this 90-minute performance. This was full throttle, entertaining football."

Wagner also praised the strength in depth of his squad, adding: " It is good if you have players like Kasey Palmer, Collin Quaner and Joe Lolley to bring on. The level doesn't drop."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton, whose side had levelled through Tomer Hemed, admitted the Seagulls were second best, saying: "I didn't see that coming but we can have no complaints.

"They were better than us in all departments. We had to keep the score down.

"Huddersfield didn't do anything different to what we know they do. We had to cope with it better. We afforded them too much space."

Source: PA