David Wagner revealed how a half-time pep talk helped top scorer Nahki Wells get back on the goal trail against Reading.
Huddersfield Town’s £1.3m record signing had gone two games without netting as his side drew a blank in Championship defeats by Ipswich Town and Derby County.
Wells was unable to take either of two good first-half chances at home to Reading, but pounced on a poor back pass to slot home early in the second half, and Town went on to win 3-1.
It took his campaign tally to 15, already one better than last season, and now the 25-year-old has 10 more matches in which to hit his 20-plus target.
“Nahki and I have known each other for four months now,” said Wagner.
“I know his quality and that I can trust and believe in him.
“Yes he missed a couple of good opportunities. But at half-time I asked him does Messi take all his chances? Does Ibrahimovic use all his chances?
“Missing chances is not a problem as long as you keep doing the right things and don’t let your body language reflect your anger at missing,
“It’s okay to be annoyed, angry at yourself, this is normal. But don’t show the opposition. Show nobody that you have some negative thoughts.
“Always show a positive body language, never weakness. Don’t put your head or your shoulders down, it looks horrible, especially for a striker.
“Nahki’s body language after missing those chances was not the best. I told him this and that no player uses all his chances.
“I told him to stay focused and use the next chance. He did this by staying cool to get a very important goal for him and for us.”