First Thoughts – Huddersfield v Swansea

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Following Saturday’s clash between Huddersfield Town and Swansea City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Huddersfield Town hosted Swansea City at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday March 10, with both sides playing out a scoreless draw.

The best summation of the game is probably Carlos Carvalhal’s own explanation, where having seen Jordan Ayew sent off after only eleven minutes of the game, he described Huddersfield as having ‘played opera’ whilst Swansea ‘had to listen to their music for a long time’.



Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Malone, Hogg, Mooy (Williams 69), Ince, Pritchard (Quaner 65), van La Parra (Depoitre 78), Mounie.


Smith, Sabiri, Coleman, Lowe.


Fabianski, van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson, Naughton, King, Ki Sung-yueng (Carroll 89), Clucas, Olsson, J Ayew, A Ayew (Abraham 73).


Narsingh, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Bartley, Roberts.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Michael Oliver blew the final whistle, Huddersfield head coach David Wagner explained.

‘We’re frustrated about the result, but the boys did everything right apart from score. We hit the bar and post three times and missed other chances. Sometimes you need luck and that wasn’t on our side today. We played the overload quite well. I will only praise my players for how they played it. We had everything apart from the goal. We have to accept this point and the performance. It could be an important point at the end, even though I thought we deserved all three.’

Swansea gaffer Carlos Carvalhal in his comparative interview explained.

‘It was a happy point because we were down to 10 players very early. It didn’t look like a red card at the first moment but when I look again what my player did was exactly the same as the Huddersfield player did. It was strange. My team was really brave. They defended very well. It is not the sort of game I want, in the end it was a little bit lucky but the luck I think was completely deserved for how my players played with their fight. We showed another face of our character. We didn’t have the conditions in this game to get more than one point.’


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