Wagner left to wonder what might have been
Nahki Wells and ten-man Huddersfield Town were left to rue missed chances after going down 1-0 at home to Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
Huddersfield, who were forced to play the last ten minutes plus stoppage time a man short after Jonathan Hogg went off injured with the home side having used all of their substitutes, dominated possession and created more chances only to come up empty-handed.
Wells was a constant threat during a first half in which the striker had three attempts saved by goalkeeper Jed Steer and another blocked.
The Bermuda striker entered the contest having scored four times in his previous five outings, as well as three in his past three appearances against Ipswich, who snapped a three-game losing streak, thanks to Ben Pringle's nineteenth-minute goal.
Pringle, on loan from Championship rivals Fulham, took advantage of hesitant defending by Joel Lynch to give Ipswich the lead. Wells had a more sedated second half, failing to fire off a single shot, as Ipswich held on to claim all of the points.
David Wagner, the Huddersfield head coach, felt that some crucial calls went against his team, who remain sixteenth in the table despite the loss.
“There were incidents that did not go our way,” he said. “One of them was a fair play moment for Nahki Wells.
“If Nahki gets a bigger hit, then it's clearer and he gets a penalty. But I want fair play from my players.
“If we win games, I want it to be by fair play, but if we get a penalty the result could be different.”
Wagner added: “The first half was fantastic and it hurts that we got this result for our performance.
“The possession and shots tell you everything about this game. Usually you would get the result. Maybe I will feel better about it in the morning.”
The win boosted Ipswich's hopes of getting back in to the play-off places as they rose to ninth in the table.
Mick McCarthy's side are four points behind Sheffield Wednesday, who are in the final play-off position, but Ipswich have a vastly inferior goal difference.
Huddersfield remain in sixteenth place, but Rotherham's win at Brentford means the gap between Wagner's side and the relegation places is ten points.
Elsewhere over the weekend, Rai Simons was again an unused substitute in Chesterfield's 2-1 upset win away to high-flying Gillingham in League One, while Reggie Lambe was not included in Mansfield Town's squad that lost 1-0 away to Newport County in League Two.