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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

After 659 minutes without a Premier League home goal Huddersfield finally score - with an own goal - as they defeat Fulham 

Run stretching back to April ends as David Wagner's side move off bottom of the table with 1-0 victory

Huddersfield Town's players celebrate their first win of the 2018/19 season, as well as scoring at home for the first time since April. Peter Powell / EPA
Huddersfield Town's players celebrate their first win of the 2018/19 season, as well as scoring at home for the first time since April. Peter Powell / EPA

Huddersfield Town scored their first home goal in 659 minutes as they finally won in the Premier League in their 2018/19 campaign to move off the bottom of the table.

David Wagner's side had failed to find the net at the Kirklees Stadium in their past seven home fixtures, including the first five of the 2018/19 season, with prior to Monday their most recent strike being Tom Ince's goal against Watford on April 14.

But Huddersfield fans finally had something to celebrate on Monday night as Timothy Fosu-Mensah's first-half own goal gave them a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Fulham.

"Sometimes everything comes together on one day," David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager said. "Three years now I've been in charge. This was my 50th win I hear and one of the most important to be totally honest.

"After such a long period, 10 games without a win, you need this feeling."

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Wagner could not hide his relief and admitted his side's long winless run had taken its toll.

"Obviously it's great," he added. "What better than after six-and-a-half months of home games, but at the minute I'm only tired.

"This evening was a six-pointer that we spoke about. I'm absolutely delighted and happy for the players, for the football club and supporters that the guys delivered."

The result leaves Fulham bottom of the table, and Slavisa Jokanovic admitted his future was in the balance.

It was the London side's fifth straight league defeat and leaves them with just one victory from their first 11 matches back in the top flight after being promoted in the summer.

"Part of the job is in the hands of my players, part is in the board's hands too," Jokanovic said.

"I personally trust in myself. I will push hard. The solution can be from another side, the board can have some different views. This is part of the board's responsibilities.

"I remain confident. I know it's not enough for the team, I know it's not enough for the supporters what we offer right now at the beginning of the season.

"I'm working with these people for close to three years. People know how I am working and my mentality but it is not only in my hands."

Fulham equalled a Premier League record of 29 goals conceded in their opening 11 matches and Jokanovic was clearly disappointed in some of his players, accusing them of lacking fight.

"For some reason, yes," he added. "I don't know if the preparation of the game wasn't that good, or if we didn't understand how important this game is.

"At the end we were a little bit confused. I don't know if some players were a little bit scared about the responsibility of what is in front of us. We didn't perform enough.

"Other people need to offer a little bit more fight, a little bit more personality, more quality and more work. My players had some words after the game between them. But it is a little bit too late for us."