Everton’s Theo Walcott in action with Huddersfield Town’s Philip Billing (Reuters Photo)
April 28 (Reuters): Huddersfield Town were left sweating over avoiding relegation after goals from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye condemned them to a 2-0 home defeat by mid-table Everton in a scrappy Premier League clash on Saturday.
The result left Huddersfield 16th on 35 points from as many games, two more than Swansea City – who are hosting Chelsea later on Saturday – and three ahead of 18th-placed Southampton who rekindled their survival hopes with a 2-1 home win over Bournemouth.
The home team’s boss David Wagner conceded his outfit were beaten by a better team and was optimistic about securing top flight football next season.
“The support from the stands was great, we gave everything but we were beaten by quality in the end,” Wagner told BBC.
“We missed opportunities and they scored with their first effort on goal and then in the second half we were not at the same level.
“We have to deal with it and we will deal with it. The players need a lift and we will give them that. We had good momentum. We will fight until the final end.”
Huddersfield dictated the pace in the opening half of a scrappy affair but Everton always looked more likely to break the deadlock. Tosun fired them ahead in the 39th minute with a fine finish from 18 metres after good work by Theo Walcott.
The visitors missed two good chances to double their advantage in the second half before Gueye silenced the noisy home crowd with a superb shot from 20 metres which gave the home keeper Jonas Loessl no chance.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce, who came under fire from the visiting fans, praised his team.
“It was an excellent performance,” he said. “Huddersfield at home have been strong and they were looking to make themselves safe by beating us but we were too good for them.
“It’s a good win and that’s 11 points in six games. We are riding high and are finishing the season strongly… we shouldn’t keep talking about critics.”