Wagner delight at good team display
Nahki Wells was replaced at half-time as Huddersfield picked up three valuable points in a 2-0 win over Rotherham in the Sky Bet Championship yesterday.
Still feeling the effects of an ankle injury that forced him out of Satuday's home defeat to Bristol City after 61 minutes, Wells did not come out for the second half against Rotherham.
Mustapha Carayol's 31st-minute strike gave Huddersfield the lead, before Ishmael Miller, who replaced Wells at half-time and was just coming back from injury himself, scored in the 73st minute to secure the points and keep Huddersfield just above the relegation zone.
David Wanger's side had lost their past four games at the John Smith's Stadium, but Miller's first goal of the season ensured Huddersfield avoided suffering a fifth straight loss at home for the first time since the 2000-01 season, when Steve Bruce was in charge.
However, the win moved Huddersfield three points clear of the bottom three, and they have a goal difference superior to all the teams below them.
“In the end the result was fair,” Wagner said. “For me, at the moment, the table is not the most important thing, the most important thing is what the guys try to bring on to the pitch.
“To win a derby is always something which makes you satisfied. Not only did we win this game, but we showed a very good performance.”
Meanwhile, Rai Simons was an unused substitute as Chesterfield lost 5-3 on penalties to Walsall in their FA Cup second-round replay.
The match finished 0-0 after extra time at Walsall's Banks's Stadium.
Walsall should have won before penalties, with Milan Lalkovic dragging his shot across goal and Adam Chambers having a shot deflected wide.
Kieron Morris clipped the top of the bar with a left-foot shot, and was then denied by Tommy Lee, the Chesterfield goalkeeper, while James Baxendale missed from close range.
“We handled it really well for 90 minutes and we more than matched them,” Mark Smith, Chesterfield's caretaker manager, said.
“We made life difficult for them, and doing that against a team as good as Walsall can only stand us in good stead. We just need to be more ruthless when we get into good situations. We just lack that bit of confidence in the final third.”