Reading boss Jaap Stam: "To lose on penalties is hard"

Huddersfield have made light of their tiny budget and modest recent history under Wagner Stu Forster  Getty Images

Wagner - appointed Huddersfield manager in November 2015 - led his side to promotion despite working on a small budget compared to the biggest clubs in the Championship.

In a tense and hardly fought Championship play-off final between Huddersfield and Reading, the Terriers emerged as victors in the cruellest of fashions thanks to Christopher Schindler's winning penalty.

Former Borussia Dortmund II coach Wagner insisted he had been written off because of his lack of knowledge of English football after taking his first senior job in management.

Reuters picHUDDERSFIELD, May 31 ― Thousands of Huddersfield Town fans packed the streets of the Yorkshire city yesterday to celebrate their team's promotion to the Premier League as the players paraded on an open-top bus.

Neither keeper was tested in the first half, but Ali Al Habsi was called into action just two minutes after the restart as Chris Lowe cut inside from the left flank and advanced on goal before curling the ball straight into the Oman international's arms.

"Other clubs will look at us and think, "Wow!"

"Congratulations to Huddersfield, I wish them good luck for next season and now we need to go again next season".

"I said to them before that they were heroes for finishing fifth in the league".




However, Nahki Wells kept the Terriers in the game, firing home to make it 3-2 to Reading.

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.

"I think it's important given the change of ownership that we build on what we've done". But from hero to zero in football is sometimes only a week and they had the opportunity to become legends.

Stam added that the nature of the defeat - in a shoot-out - was especially hard and he could not blame any one of his players.

Steve Nicol lauds Huddersfield's self-control against Reading en route to securing a place in the Premier League.

"I think I have a lot of calls to make".

"It's huge what it means for Huddersfield, we're on the big stage. I will call Jurgen, but not just to talk about Danny". So, like Wagner always says, it is not really the experience that will matter but the heart and struggle they will put up as a team.

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