The Huddersfield Town boss felt his side gifted the Cherries with a win despite a strong showing away from home
Huddersfield manager David Wagner called his side’s performance on Tuesday “Christmas for Bournemouth” as he felt his side gifted the Cherries a victory.
Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser contributed a goal and an assist each, with all Bournemouth’s best attacking play coming in the first quarter of the game.
Wagner questioned the decision to give Bournemouth a free-kick in the fifth minute, which was taken by Fraser and led to Wilson’s opener, but said his team didn’t deserve anything from the match as they made things far easier than they needed to be for the home side.
“This is very frustrating,” he told Sky Sports . “To make it clear I don’t think we deserved anything because you need your defence and offence to work.
“It was Christmas for Bournemouth because we gave away chances – presents – at both ends of the pitch, even if performance-wise it was a top-class away performance.
“First goal was a referee decision again where I ask why was this a foul?
“The most important thing is you have to know what to do better to get results. We have picked up some results but [in this game] it is easy – we can only blame ourselves for the first goal and goals change games.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe didn’t feel his side were at their best either, but said he hopes the win will prompt a return to “champagne football”.
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Despite seeing his side move up to sixth place in the Premier League, Howe admitted the hosts were “fortunate” to escape with all three points after Huddersfield pulled a goal back through Terence Kongolo and were allowed to dominate possession thereafter.
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“Huddersfield were very good,” Howe told Sky Sports.
“It was nice to go 2-0 up but they had nothing to lose and played well. We defended well. Huddersfield do a lot of things well. You could say we were slightly fortunate but we deserve that.
“We scored two good goals and you think you can go on and put it to bed but it swung. I wasn’t happy with the period from 2-0 until half-time. But second half we were more secure.”