Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner admits his side were second best against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
The hosts – led by manager Paul Lambert for the first time – claimed a 2-0 win over the Terriers, with Joe Allen and Mame Diouf netting the goals.
Although Wagner acknowledged Town were below par on the day, he did not question his team’s desire and commitment.
He said: “It’s a frustrating result for sure and it’s a deserved defeat, even if I can say my players gave everything.
“We have to be honest and say Stoke showed their individual quality; they were very aggressive and limited our offensive game.
“It’s frustrating because of the result even if the effort and attitude was there. We accept it and we’ll try to recover as quickly as we can.”
One big factor of the win according to Wagner was the vocal backing Lambert’s side received from their home support.
“They’ve taken the atmosphere from the stands and they’ve limited our game,” he said.