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(Reuters) – Huddersfield Town need to show more confidence with the ball if they are to succeed in the Premier League this season, manager David Wagner said following his side’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham United. Second-half goals from Pedro Obiang and Andre Ayew gave West Ham their first three points of the season, leaving Wagner fuming with Huddersfield’s lacklustre attacking display on Monday. “We looked like a promoted team with some nerves we have shown, especially with the ball,” Wagner told Sky Sports. “We have to be more brave and more comfortable on the ball. We made so many unforced errors today.” “We have to look at ourselves. This was not good enough and we have to accept this. We will learn from it and we will make it better next Saturday (against Leicester City).” It was only Huddersfield’s first defeat on their return to the top division after a 45-year hiatus, but Wagner is keen on setting a high benchmark early in the campaign. “Of course, you can always steal a lucky point in football but performance-wise we were not good enough,” he added. “It was an unlucky first goal we conceded and the second one was from a set piece but we have to be honest. West Ham were stronger with more opportunities and we were not good enough.” The West Yorkshire club next host Leicester City in the league on Saturday before visiting Crystal Palace in the League Cup third round three days later.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru)
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