Anthony on his return to the KC Stadium on Saturday
Defender Anthony Gerrard is looking forward to his Hull City return as part of Town’s squad on Saturday – and hopes he can rediscover the form he enjoyed with the Tigers.
The 26 year-old enjoyed a happy 2010/11 season on loan at the KC Stadium, where he won their ‘Player of the Year’ award after 41 impressive performances.
“I have nothing but fond memories of Hull to be honest,” ‘Gezza’ told htafc.com. “They gave me a little kick-start and a boost that I needed and I think I repaid them with some good performances. The fans are outstanding there and I’m looking forward to going back.
“Hopefully I’ll get a nice reception, because the fans were kind to me and I was good to them. If I manage to score my first goal for Huddersfield against them, there is no doubt that I won’t celebrate out of respect for what they did for me when I needed a club to look after me.”
The Liverpudlian has made 16 appearances for the Terriers since joining the Club from Cardiff City in the summer, but he feels he has yet to rediscover the level of performance he showed at Hull.
“I’m trying to find the same formula to endear myself to the Huddersfield fans and I think I have my head straight now. I lost all my confidence and self-belief at my old club, but over the last couple of weeks I’m starting to get that back now. Hopefully I can start putting together some performances that I know I’m capable of.
“I really didn’t think about my confidence, to be honest – I was just getting on with things. However, even my Mum and Dad were telling me I didn’t seem myself and then it dawned on me that was the case. My missus told me I looked a shadow of myself on the pitch too, so I’ve gone away and thought about things. I’m a lot better than what I’ve been producing and I think there are only positive things to come.
“You get feedback from people on the street and on Twitter – which I’ve had – but when it’s your Mum and Dad mention it that you really take notice. They weren’t talking about my performances – they meant my everyday demeanour.
“You thrive on confidence and self-belief and quietly I know what I’m capable of, as do the people around me. When those people are noticing a change, I needed to take stock and do something about it. I have done, so I’m looking forward to putting good performances in.”
Gerrard also praised Town’s technical staff for its help since moving to the Club:
“’Snods’ has been outstanding. He watched me quite a bit when I was at Hull and he knows what I’m capable of, but they haven’t put pressure on me. You should look for a fresh approach when you join a new club and I think I’ve got there now.”
The former Walsall man was part of the side that drew 2-2 with Bolton last weekend and he feels that a big performance is coming from the side:
“I thought we were outstanding in the first half against Bolton – we executed our game plan very well – but in the second half it was like we had a dead battery. For some reason we couldn’t get going after half time, but that happens in football.
“We want a consistent 90 minutes instead of a consistent 45. We’ve had some fantastic halves, but we haven’t executed the complete performance, apart from perhaps Blackpool. If we play like that week in, week out consistently, we won’t be too far away.”
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