David Wagner and his Huddersfield players laughed in the face of Ian Holloway’s pre-season prediction after securing their place in the Premier League.
The Terriers kept their nerve from the spot to see off Reading after a turgid encounter at Wembley.
Christopher Schindler was the hero for Huddersfield, who make their return to the top-flight after a lengthy absence.
Speaking as a pundit before the campaign, Holloway suggested they would be in for a relegation battle – even predicting they would finish 23rd.
But Wagner’s men delivered an incredible campaign and relished the opportunity to take aim at Holloway, now QPR boss.
Huddersfield’s players were filmed singing ‘There’s only one Ian Holloway’ in the Wembley changing rooms and Wagner had his say amid the celebrations.
“By the way, Ian Holloway, all the best for next season. I know a lot of the pundits wrote us off at the start of the season,” Wagner said.
“I think around Christmas I thought we have a real chance to come into the play-offs. I think this whole group of players deserved it over the season.”
Wagner went on to hail his players as “legends” after they won the £170million shooutout.
“Everybody will remember this group of players and what they have done on our small budget. They deserve everything,” he added.
“This football club has written an unbelievable story, a fairytale. Even when I speak about it, I can’t believe it when you see where we started.
“I need a few weeks to get my head around everything because now I don’t really feel how great this is.”