Jonas Lossl experiencing lowest point at Huddersfield

Jonas Lossl is experiencing his lowest moment as a Huddersfield player.

The Terriers suffered a fifth-consecutive defeat on Saturday when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Southampton.

David Wagner’s side sit second bottom in the Premier League table ahead of a Boxing Day trip to Manchester United having won just two matches all season.

Goalkeeper Lossl joined Huddersfield from Mainz on loan in the summer of 2017 ahead of their first Premier League campaign before making the move permanent in June.

He said: “It’s definitely the worst point we’ve had in the 18 months that I’ve been here. But I think we have to show what character we’re made of. We have to stand together as a team and as a club as well.

“These guys in the stands are loyal as always and we really do need them. We need them to believe as much as us. We saw in moments in the second half what difference it really makes when all of us stand together.

“I do really think that we can turn this around, because we have performed very well this season, and we have the quality in the team. If we want to turn it around, we need to stay positive. I don’t want to go down.”

Wagner has generally been happy with the performances of his team, if not the results, but it was a different story in the first half against Saints.

The Terriers boss felt his side’s poor run of results showed in a nervy display, with Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings scoring for the visitors.

Huddersfield improved after the break and Philip Billing pulled one back but a mistake from Christopher Schindler led to Michael Obafemi netting the third.

Lossl said: “We lost the game in the first half. We didn’t play well enough. That’s basically it.

“We just didn’t get into our game. We couldn’t really find the pockets that we wanted, or the passing game that we wanted. They pressed us in the first half and we made a couple of mistakes.

“I think when we came out for the second half and got the goal, you saw the energy of the team. I think you felt it as well. The rest of the ground did. That was how we should have played in the first half.”

The emotions for Southampton were very different after they made it back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since April 2017 to move three points clear of the bottom three.

Midfielder Stuart Armstrong said: “It’s good to put that stat to bed and turn around our bad run of form and get two good wins.

“The past few months have not been easy for us. There’s been a lot of disappointment. So I feel that we’re not only getting points, but we’re getting the performances as well. We’re building something very good here, and everyone’s very happy about it.”

The turnaround has come following the appointment of Austrian Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager after the club sacked Mark Hughes.

Armstrong praised the impact made by Hasenhuttl, saying: “I think he’s brought a bit of structure to the team, and how we set up in an attacking and defensive way. There’s high energy and a lot of running.

“We feel more together as a team. We’re all working in the same direction. We all know what each other’s doing and where we’re running and why we’re running. It’s certainly working.”

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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