Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Huddersfield opt to travel home by bus after securing survival at Chelsea

Huddersfield opt to travel home by bus after securing survival at Chelsea

Huddersfield will savour their Premier League survival by journeying back to West Yorkshire by coach, manager David Wagner revealed after Wednesday's dramatic 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

It's a simply remarkable achievement for Huddersfield who were almost everyone's pick to suffer an instant return down to the Championship following their surprise promotion to the Promised Land last season.

Laurent Depoitre's goal gave the Terriers the lead at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Jonas Lossl making a wonder save late on after Marcos Alonso's weird equaliser.

Alvaro Morata has been Chelsea's focal point in attack this season, replacing Diego Costa, who left to return to his former club - Atletico Madrid.

The Terriers ended up being eternally grateful to goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, who dazzlingly tipped an Andreas Christensen header on to the post in a moment that will go down in the Yorkshire club's folklore.

Huddersfield Town travel to the capital to face Chelsea knowing that one point will be enough to secure another season in the Premier League.

It also ensured that for only the third time in the Premier League era, the three promoted sides - in this case, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton - all survived. Like today, we played an intense game with a will and desire to get three points. We could have won more if we had been more clinical and that's been our weakest point this season. For sure Chelsea were the better team and we had Lady Luck on our side. Mentally it was tough, really tough, they needed it, but we fought like nothing before.

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The Gunners could still end the season pointless away from home in 2018 after Vardy netted his sixth goal in six games against Wenger to help condemn them to defeat.

Chelsea must win at Newcastle on Sunday and hope Brighton beat Champions League finalists Liverpool at Anfield to leapfrog the Reds. Liverpool have to win the last game against Brighton and it's the same for Tottenham.

Wagner's players soaked up constant Chelsea pressure before and after their surprise 50th-minute goal, scored by Laurent Depoitre - their sole shot on target.

This, in turn, had an effect on the team as Chelsea's dominance in the first half was capped off by the lack of end product.

Their only chance of winning a title this season is now in the English FA Cup where they will meet Manchester United in the final on May 19.

"The situation is not in our hands".

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