Leeds United 0 Huddersfield Town 1: Wagner plays by English ‘red-card rules’ not German

David Wagner at Elland Road. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
David Wagner at Elland Road. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Huddersfield head coach David Wagner accepted match-winner Aaron Mooy would have been sent off for his first-half tackle on Leeds skipper Liam Bridcutt had it happened in the Bundesliga.

Leeds head coach Garry Monk was aggrieved the on-loan Manchester City midfielder was still on the pitch after his lunging studs-up challenge on Bridcutt in the 45th minute had earned him only a yellow card. When asked for his own view on the challenge, Wagner said: “In England no red card. Germany, red card.

“But we are not in Germany, we are in England. This is what I’ve learned. This was a pretty hard, British challenge.

“It came too late, but I didn’t think for one second it would be a red card because I’ve been 10 months now in British football and I know, this was not okay, he was too late. Yellow.”

Wagner, who had considered resting Mooy, celebrated his manager of the month award for August by guiding the club to their best-ever start in the modern era, eclipsing the four wins and two draws from their first six games at the start of the 1952/3 season. He added: “There is every reason to be surprised. I don’t know which team in this division can say they will start with 16 points after six games.

“But we have deserved every one of the 16 points and we said at the start of the season we would play every single game and give ourselves no limits.

“I think it isn’t comfortable for the opponents against us at the moment.”