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David Wagner has guided Huddersfield to the Premier League

David Wagner insists Huddersfield will be the ‘small dogs’ of the Premier League following their promotion to the top flight by winning the Championship play-off final.

The Terriers have made it to the top flight for the first time since 1972 by beating Reading 4-3 on penalties, after 120 minutes of goalless action at Wembley.

Expected to fight against relegation this season, Wagner and Huddersfield have overcome all the odds to make it English football’s first division – and the German has no allusions his team will be anything but underdogs next term.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Wagner said: “I accept every disadvantage that we have because we are in the Premier League.

“We will create something like we’ve built before.

“I think the mindset is very easy. We will for sure be small dogs, the underdogs, and we will go into the season without any limits.”

Despite requiring penalties to beat the Royals, Huddersfield wasted two fine chances in the first half as they dominated proceedings.

Michael Hefele and Izzy Brown both fluffed their lines in front of goal, and Reading eventually got themselves into the game, but Wagner believes his team DID deserve to win.

He added: “Hopefully we will not have penalty shoot-outs more often, even when we are successful.

“It is, I think, the tightest decision making possibility in football, and it has shown how tight this game was.

“Even though we were the team with the better opportunities, with more good cut [sic] chances, and I think we deserve to be there.”


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