Huddersfield boss Wagner plans chat with Klopp
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 5:14
Huddersfield Town, who started the season as 12th favourites for promotion and who haven't played in the top division for 45 years, beat Reading 4-3 on penalties to earn a spot in the Premier League, completing an incredible journey in the process.
But then Liam Moore mashed his shot over the bar, Aaron Mooy levelled matters, and Danny Ward saved from Jordan Obita; if Chris Schindler could score, Huddersfield were home. "I said to the players before the [play-off] semi-finals: 'You are heroes, you finished fifth in the league, but from hero to zero in football is sometimes only a week and now you have the opportunity to become legends.' Now they are legends for sure".
"Goalkeepers go out as heroes for saving them, but my four heroes are the boys who stuck it in the back of the net", said Ward, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live at Wembley following the final whistle. And they have done it.
And it was no surprise to see penalties decide the contest with Christopher Schindler etching his name into Huddersfield Town folklore with the decisive spot kick.
Penalties were needed after the two sides battled through 120 goalless minutes.
Town's Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown somehow missed an open goal from two yards, but other than that the two teams totally cancelled each other out.
Not that Wagner and Huddersfield cared one jot, having secured the estimated #170million windfall promotion brings.
Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle admitted he took a gamble but it turned out to be an inspired one. Now we have done it. "We set no limits".
It was a heartbreaking end to an unbelievable season for Reading, who were just as unfancied as Huddersfield at the start but ended up finishing third in Jaap Stam's first year as a manager.
The English Premier League giants quickly loaned him out to Huddersfield as he sought experience of English football.
"I can't believe it, it's a dream come true", Hoyle said.
"I thank David, these guys (players), the backroom staff, people that have worked at the club for 30-odd years".
"It's probably the biggest game of my life so I'm just focusing on that, I'm not anxious about other stuff".