Wagner asks Huddersfield to be fearless after West Ham defeat

Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and West Ham United at the Riverside Stadium

David Wagner conceded Huddersfield Town was "not good enough" and played like a promoted side as it slipped to a first Premier League defeat at West Ham.

"We played good. It wasn't a nice performance but it was a top performance in all other stuff, in the second balls, in determination, in closing them down, in getting the corners and free-kicks and all that".

Luckily for the Hammers, Kouyate's performance did not prove costly as goals from Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew gave Slaven Bilic's men a first win of the season in their first game back at the London Stadium. It was a deserved result, we were second best in more or less every area. We worked, fought and tried to keep the ball out of the goal but we were not good enough in possession.

"We've had periods where we lost five in a row and went seven games without a win". Today, we looked like a promoted team. "We have a quality team with quality players, some players are still missing but we have to keep the clean sheets to stop them from having the ball in risky areas to hurt us".

"My players are able to play football but they haven't shown it and this is what we have to make better".

Captain Tommy Smith echoed his manager's sentiments. "The manager stressed at half-time that we weren't fearless enough with the ball and that showed".

"Today we have seen what happens if we are not fearless enough and this is what we have to do better".

After the game, Bilic told Sky Sports: "I am happy for the lads, I am happy for the whole club". "It was very important for us".



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