Wagner staying grounded

13 August 2017 07:58:38 EST

David Wagner quickly played down Huddersfield's climb to the top of the Premier Leasgue after their opening 3-0 win at Crystal Palace.

The Terriers chief watched as club-record signing Steve Mounie bagged a brace following a Joel Ward own goal to give the side a perfect start to life in the top flight following a 45-year absence.

Let's just focus on our performance, which was good, and the result was excellent. Nobody is looking at the table.

David Wagner

The Selhurst Park romp meant Huddersfield occupied top spot in the Premier League on Saturday night to belie pre-season predictions which made them favourites for relegation.

Wagner was clearly delighted with his side's start, but played down their position in the table after just one game.

The 45-year-old said: "I can't take that [the table] seriously.

"Let's just focus on our performance, which was good, and the result was excellent. Nobody is looking at the table.

"We should not look too far ahead. We should focus on what we have seen and that made me very happy. You cannot moan if you play your first game in the top flight in 45 years and you win 3-0 away. We know we were very clinical and had bit of luck when they missed chances.

"With the togetherness and fighting attitude we had, and the idea to keep them away from goal by pressing them as high as possible, we were brave enough to try to press them high and over the game our game plan worked.

"I said beforehand we will stick to our identity and idea. This means you have to show togetherness. We were clinical: it was a great debut for Steve Mounie and we had a great goalkeeper (Jonas Lossl) and that helped massively. Did I expect this result? No, but i hoped it could happen. This makes for a wonderful afternoon."

Huddersfield are 13/10 to be relegated this season, while they are now 4/7 to stay up.

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