After the final whistle on Saturday, David Wagner had a word with each of his players before heading to the away end.

When he raised his hands to acknowledge the 2,200-strong crowd of Huddersfield Town fans crammed behind the Bolton Wanderers goal, there was an answering bellow from his loyal subjects.

He responded with a series of fistpumps and as the cheers rose to even higher levels a German flag flew proudly beneath the Macron Stadium floodlights.

"David Wagner, he's better than Klopp" was the soundtrack to the victory and post-match celebrations.

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Although the boss joked afterwards he wouldn't be revealing the exact nature of the chant to his friend over at Anfield, he clearly takes genuine pleasure in his relationship with the fanbase, who have eagerly embraced the new regime and taken the German to their hearts.

Town sold out their away allocation at Bolton, and there was widespread disappointment that the Trotters wouldn't open the upper tier to accommodate more fans desperate to travel to Lancashire.

A new feeling is sweeping through the Terriers faithful: Excitement.

Saturday afternoons are now something to be anticipated, rather than merely endured. With the New Year comes the promise of a new era at the John Smith's Stadium and fans sense the seeds of change within the club's grasp.

The reason is simple. The David Wagner effect.

Wagner has brought the buzz back to Huddersfield Town with a new approach on and off the John Smith's pitch.

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When Chris Powell was removed of his duties in November, the club could have gone for the tried and tested approach, bringing in a British coach with experience of the Championship. Instead they chose to take a risk and appointed the first foreign manager in Huddersfield's history who had built his coaching reputation at Borussia Dortmund II.

And Chairman Dean Hoyle has reaped the rewards of his decision to twist rather than stick.

Although it took three attempts for David Wagner to win his first game, and Town have lost another two games since, he has been a breath of fresh air throughout a club that had begun to have a whiff of stagnation.

Jonathan Hogg reiterated that the new boss has changed "everything" at PPG Canalside, and nowhere is that clearer than in Town's style of play. Now an attractive side that enjoy having the ball, keeping it, and building attacks from the back the Terriers now have a clear identity and purpose - even in games which don't end up going their way.

And yet, the points have also arrived. When Wagner took over, Town had three league wins to their name, and he has since doubled that - and added a fourth against Bolton.
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The players have spoken about how much they enjoy playing under the German, even if it's harder work on the training pitch and on match days. The fans are certainly in agreement - the noise and fervour that provided the backdrop to the memorable win at Birmingham on December 5 was more than matched by the 1000+ fans who made the journey down to London from Yorkshire on the Saturday before Christmas.

They were treated to a 4-2 loss at the hands of Brentford, but never stopped singing.

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The Wagner effect.

He has brought belief on the field and in the stands - against Brentford his side were 3-0 down at half time, but got one back within a minute of the restart and were it not for a harsh penalty award might have gone on to get an unlikely result. As it was they caused more than a frisson of panic in the hosts and Kyle Dempsey was on the scoresheet in stoppage time.

Against QPR heads might have dropped after going a goal down with ten minutes to go when they had dominated the play - but instead they rallied and Nahki Wells found a more than deserved equaliser.

The Wagner effect.

With January comes the transfer window, and supporters are intrigued by who the manager will bring in.

Will he bring in players who have flown under the radar from Germany and Poland to add to the diversity in Town's dressing room?


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Or will we see more like the Ben Chilwell signing? Now back with Leicester, the left back has been a real find for Town in terms of application and talent, but it was Wagner who had the courage to sign and play a then inexperienced 18-year-old over a senior international.

Frankie Bunn's u21 team have now won 13 games on the spin, and all the signs are there that Wagner will make full use of that rich vein of talent as and when it is ready to be mined.

And there are few things football fans enjoy more than seeing "one of our own" make the grade.

Eight weeks into his tenure, the new boss is presiding over the start of what looks like an increasingly exciting time to be a Town fan.

The 2,200 who chose to spend the first Saturday of 2016 in his company would certainly agree.