David Wagner praises Huddersfield ‘legends’ after promotion to top flight

• Manager hails squad after play-off win secures promotion to Premier League
• Reading’s Jaap Stam says his players must learn from the pain of defeat

Huddersfield Town’s manager, David Wagner, called his players legends after they defeated Reading in a penalty shootout to gain promotion to the Premier League. The teams were deadlocked at 0-0 after a tense Championship play-off final before Christopher Schindler scored the decisive spot-kick for the club, who were last in England’s top flight in 1972.

That secured an extraordinary rise for a club with one of the lowest budgets in this season’s Championship who had finished 19th last season. “I said to the players before the [play-off] semi-finals: ‘You are heroes, you finished fifth in the league, but from hero to zero in football is sometimes only a week and now you have the opportunity to become legends.’ Now they are legends for sure. Everybody will remember what this group of players have done with a small budget. And they deserve it. This football club has written an unbelievable story.”

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