David Wagner hailed Huddersfield Town’s first win under his command – and urged his players to carry on working hard in the build-up to Saturday’s visit of Bristol City.

Goals from Joe Lolley, after just 32 seconds, and Nahki Wells, in the 80th minute, clinched the 2-0 victory at Birmingham City which lifted Town to 19th in the Championship.

It was a first win in seven in Wagner’s third game as head coach, with the only downer a knee injury to Dean Whitehead, who will have a scan after being forced off in the 74th minute.

“Hopefully the problem will not be so bad,” said Wagner, who praised the improving fitness levels of his players after four weeks at the helm.

“We are building up our fitness through training and matches,” he said. “Everyone is able to play well for a longer time.

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“Now we have another full week where we can work on our game and fitness before we play twice in four days (Rotherham United visit on Tuesday, December 15).”

It was Town’s third win in their last four visits to St Andrew’s, where former Birmingham junior Lolley scored for the second season running.

“We started again where we finished the week before and after a third good performance, we finally got a better result,” continued Wagner.

“There are things we need to work on, but some parts against Birmingham were very good and the clean sheet was excellent.

“Everyone brought passion onto the pitch to help achieve this.

“We had a perfect start with a great goal scored by playing our football.

“And the second we scored in the right moment with a good transition game.

“They were exactly the kind of goals we like.”

Wagner played down an apparent touchline spat with Blues boss Gary Rowett, saying: “He spoke about an offside situation, but I thought he spoke with one of my players. It was a misunderstanding.”

Town had 813 fans in a 15,931 crowd, and the coach added: “The support was great and I would like to thank them all. It gave the players a push at the right moment.”