Jan Siewert says Huddersfield performance in Arsenal defeat gives him survival hope

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Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert was encouraged by the fighting spirit his players showed despite suffering a 2-1 defeat against Arsenal.

Jan Siewert said Huddersfield's performance in the 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal has given him hope they can survive in the Premier League.

Huddersfield had more shots and possession than their fifth-placed visitors, and although they lost a 12th Premier League game from their last 13, there was plenty to be positive about for Siewert, who took over at the club on January 21.

He told Sky Sports: "Think of how many chances we had against Arsenal. This is a fantastic team, having a good season, but this didn't look like someone at the bottom playing against them.

"I am definitely pleased. It was a situation which wasn't easy in the first half, but we showed everyone we wanted to give a big fight and we did. Until the end of the season I will fight for my life and the supporters to stay in the Premier League."

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Highlights from Arsenal's 2-1 win over Huddersfield in the Premier League.

Huddersfield's positive build-up play and possession was dealt a blow by two sloppy pieces of defending to allow Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette to give Arsenal a 2-0 lead at the break, which proved insurmountable even with a last-minute own goal from Sead Kolasinac.

Siewert added: "Mistakes happen in football. It hasn't been an easy season and, to be honest, I started in a difficult situation and I knew that, having Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton in our first games who are all in the top half.

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"Today you really saw what we are working on and I think the supporters did too because they gave us a big applause after the match and that makes me really proud."

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