Huddersfield were promoted to the Premier League after beating Reading
German defender Schindler fired home the winning penalty low and hard into the corner of the net, after goalkeeper Danny Ward had set up the moment with a fine save from Jordan Obita’s spot kick.
It sparked delirious celebrations as Huddersfield, back in the top flight after 45 long years in the doldrums, won the £185 million match – the most lucrative game in football.
Fellow German Wagner, a close pal of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, said: “These players are now legends.
“I said to them before that they were heroes for finishing fifth in the league. But you can go from hero to zero in a week. Everybody will be reminded now forever what this group of players have done.
“We have had so many setbacks in the past, we have a small squad, and we trusted only in ourselves. It’s great that they got something back.”
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Huddersfield Town have been promoted to the Premier League!
These players are now legends
Huddersfield boss David Wagner
And Wagner hit back at critics like QPR manager Ian Holloway, who tipped the Terriers to go down at the start of the season: “I’m happy we have proven that experience is not everything.
"Since I arrived I was always confronted with the fact that I had no experience in England, no experience of this league or of the plays offs. Experience is important – but if you have passion and desire you can do it and I’m very proud. It was not personal with Holloway.
“Premier League manager sounds ok! But I need few days for it to sink in. I was surprised when Schindy came up alongside me and said he wanted to take one. But he scored and that was great.”
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Town chairman Dean Hoyle said: “This is so emotional. This proves that you don’t have to blow your brains out to get promotion.”
Huddersfield celebrate winning their penalty shoot-out
Former 1860 Munich defender Schindler said: “No one feels 100 per cent comfortable taking a penalty but you have to believe. I think my heart rate was quite high!”
Ward, on loan from Liverpool, and the hero of the semi-final shoot out win over Sheffield Wednesday as well, said: “I thought pick a way and try to read where they were going to go and try to get a hand on it. “
A shattered Reading manager Jaap Stam said: “It is so disappointing to get so far and lose like that. In training you can’t create the same tension of a shoot-out in the stadium.
“But the players took the responsibility when they had to. We will give it another shot next season. We have been working for 11 months – its hard but that’s how it goes. I still have a contract at Reading so there is nothing that is going to take me away.”