David Wagner was delighted to see Duane Holmes notch his first senior goal for Huddersfield Town during the 5-0 demolition of Charlton Athletic.
The American-born academy product scored the fourth of Town’s five without reply after coming off the bench during the Championship clash.
The diminutive 21-year-old has always been popular with fans and was given a rousing ovation by home supporters in the 9,736 tickets-issued crowd.
And head coach Wagner said: “I am very happy for Duane. He is a good talent and often shows his finishing skills in training.
“His first senior goal is another step in his development and a great moment both for him and us, and hopefully it will give him more self-confidence.”
Wagner was also happy to see all his three substitutes, Holmes, Kyle Dempsey and Martin Cranie, play a part in a third win in four unbeaten league games for Town.
“Again our bench had a positive influence, and this is important,” added the German, who made two changes to his starting side after the FA Cup draw with Reading.
Wagner said he was surprised by Charlton’s approach to the game, explaining: “We weren’t expecting them to play the way they did, to stay deep and try to deny us space.
“For me it seemed they were happy to try for a draw and they didn’t really try to do anything in attack.
“When this happens it is important to be patient and be good in possession, and in reactive pressure. If you lose the ball, you must quickly win it back and maintain the attacks.
“It is also important to use set-pieces, so for us to twice score from corners (through Mark Hudson and Nahki Wells) was very pleasing.”