Huddersfield's players and manager celebrated their play-off victory at one man's expense

News Shopper David Wagner inspired by Huddersfield’s history ahead of play-off second leg

News Shopper David Wagner inspired by Huddersfield’s history ahead of play-off second leg

While the shootout provided high drama the previous 120 minutes was anything but, and Stam admitted the occasion may have gotten to his players.

Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield Town defeated Reading 4-3 on penalties at Wembley on Monday, in the Championship play-off final to win the spot in English Premier League 2017-18 season.

"Goalkeepers go out as heroes for saving them, but my four heroes are the boys who stuck it in the back of the net", said Ward, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live at Wembley following the final whistle.

The 28-year-old combative midfielder was part of the Hornets side beaten by Crystal Palace in the final in 2013 after his lung-busting run to the back post and header that set up Troy Deeney's now infamous semi-final victor against Leicester City.

Premier League football could lure some of the bigger names to Huddersfield Town now however, but who these recruits will be we shall have to wait and see.

With a smaller budget than most Championship teams but plenty of tactical nous, Huddersfield finished fifth in the regular season to take their place in the playoffs, then kept their nerve in the semi-finals and final.

Stam watched on from the dugout, as his Berkshire charges played out a goalless draw against the Yorkshire outfit.

In extra-time, the two tired sides battled hard and at the death, Nakhi Wells had a very good chance to seal it for Huddersfield, only to fire wide when he really should have done better. "I'm so proud of this group of players, what they've done over the whole season", coach Wagner said after the victory.

But Liam Moore blasted his spot kick over the bar and Danny Ward saved from Jordan Obita before Christoper Schindler stroked home the decisive kick.

David Wagner's side become the first team in Football League history to win promotion having conceded more goals than they've scored in the league campaign - shipping 58 strikes in 46 games.

"I know a lot of the pundits wrote us off at the start of the season".

"We've had such a great season - what a wonderful pay-off to the season".

In next season's Premier League, eight of the 20 clubs will not have any top-flight titles to their name. Now, they will be competing against the elite teams in England.

"Experience is important, but if you have passion, desire and ideas, you can match it".

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