Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner has praised Michael Hefele - and not just for his dramatic late equaliser for the Terriers at Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old German centre-back marked his Championship debut by coming off the bench and netting in the 87th minute to level an exciting Villa Park showdown at 1-1.

Hefele chased down keeper Pierluigi Gollini and the Italian's clearance hit the Town man and rebounded into the net.

Michael Hefele celebrates his late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa

Town's five Championship goals so far this season have been scored by five different players.

And head coach Wagner was delighted to see Hefele, who had been an unused substitute in the wins over Brentford and Newcastle United, make his mark.

"Hefe is a great player and a great guy," said Wagner of his signing from Dynamo Dresden.

"Perhaps this should go down as one of the goals of the season!

WATCH: Huddersfield Town players celebrate with fans after the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

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Town celebrate draw at Villa Park

"But to be fair, he played for the development team on Sunday (against Charlton Athletic) and twice hit the bar with headers.

"This was more the kind of goal I had in mind against Villa, but they all count.

"Hefe's attitude in rushing the goalkeeper summed up our battling approach in the second half."

Wagner continued: "It's not been easy for Hefe because he is not in starting side at moment.

Michael Hefele celebrates with the kralle

"We currently two very strong centre-backs (Mark Hudson and Christopher Schindler) with great harmony.

"Hefe has had to be patient.

"I spoke him and told him that like all the players in the squad, he has to be there when we need him.

"Against Aston Villa he was and he deserved his moment and to be able to celebrate with the fans."