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Monday 23 September 2019

Huddersfield’s Schindler takes time to savour Premier League survival

The Terriers’ players celebrated in London on Wednesday night after aborting plans to return by bus.

Huddersfield celebrated Premier League survival at Chelsea on Wednesday night
Huddersfield celebrated Premier League survival at Chelsea on Wednesday night

By Matt McGeehan, Press Association Sport

Huddersfield defender Christopher Schindler believes it will take time for the reality of Premier League survival to sink in.

The Terriers followed up a 0-0 draw at champions Manchester City with a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday night which confirmed their top-flight status for a second season ahead of Sunday’s final game at home to Arsenal.

Huddersfield aborted plans to return to Yorkshire on an overnight bus, instead opting to stay in London for a night out.

The players travelled by train on Thursday morning after partying in the capital to celebrate an achievement few thought possible.

Schindler told “Everybody thought we were going to go down. Not of course in our dressing room or our club, but a lot of people that watch the Premier League.

“It’s just unbelievable, it’s going to need a few days or weeks until it sinks in.

“We thought this point against Man City was not worth anything. To get the point here as well is just unbelievable.

“I feel empty, I can’t really get it that we’ve made it after that result (at Chelsea).”

The result means Swansea are all but mathematically down, with Southampton set to survive.

Town boss David Wagner reckoned staying in the Premier League was a greater achievement than getting there through last season’s Championship play-offs – and Schindler concurred.

“The Premier League isn’t comparable to the play-off final,” he added.

“It’s a great achievement for the club, the area and the supporters. I’m just glad this club will be in the Premier League next year.”

Fifth-placed Chelsea must now beat Newcastle and hope Brighton can defeat Champions League finalists Liverpool at Anfield to have any hope of climbing into the top four. A draw would not be enough for the Blues, given Liverpool’s commanding goal difference advantage.

Marcos Alonso, whose fortuitous equaliser cancelled out Laurent Depoitre’s opener, was looking ahead to the May 19 FA Cup final with Manchester United.

Alonso told “We have a game against Newcastle we have to go and win, and then we will see what happens with Liverpool.

“Then we have another week to focus on the FA Cup final and try to get a trophy for the fans.”

Huddersfield’s valiant rearguard display included time-wasting and gamesmanship which frustrated Alonso, who also rued missed chances from the Blues.

He added: “They played a bad game, trying to waste time from the first minute and I think the referee stopped it very late.

“Their goalkeeper was taking a minute over his goal-kicks from the first minute of the game and he only received a yellow card with five minutes to go.

“I don’t think that’s the right way, he should have stopped that before, but still we conceded the goal and failed to score from our chances.”

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