David Wagner offered no excuses after Huddersfield Town crashed out of the English Football League Cup at League I Shrewsbury Town and said: “We didn’t deserve to win.”
Town conceded in the first minute of the first-round tie and, after Elias Kachunga equalised late in the first half, fell to Louis Dodds’ 77th-minute strike.
Wagner, who insisted his decision not to bring Nahki Wells off the bench had nothing to do with speculation over the striker’s future at Town , bemoaned the second-half display in the 2-1 defeat.
“In the first half we had control of the game and created some good chances, but we had to score more than only one,” he said.
“But the second half was not okay. We were not strong enough or patient enough and we made too many mistakes. We deserved what we got.”
On his decision to bring on defender Michael Hefele rather than Wells with his side trailing 2-1, the boss said: “I didn’t feel we could get through them to make chances.
“My feeling was that we had to go with the long ball and try to win the second ball for the remainder of the game, so bringing Hefe on was tactical. It’s not our normal style, but if you have only 10 minutes to go and you think you can’t create chances on the ground, you have to be different.”