Wallace on the 1-1 draw against Blackpool
Murray Wallace finally made his Huddersfield Town debut in the Boxing Day stalemate with Blackpool and told htafc.com after the game that he’s hoping the appearance is first of many.
The teenage defender came on at the slightly unusual position of left back for the Terriers after Calum Woods picked up a knock, but he explained that he has performed there before for former club Falkirk.
“The Gaffer wasn’t too sure as he hasn’t seen me play at left back before, but he went on my word! I’m more comfortable playing at centre back, but I’ve played there before and I don’t mind playing a more attacking role. I was just delighted to get on to be honest!
“I’ve been working hard and it has been a wee bit frustrating for me as I’d like to be involved more, but this is a really good standard and it’s going to be tough for anyone to break in with the squad we’ve got. I’ve just kept myself prepared so that I could give it my all when my chance came.”
A regular for Town in the Under-21 Professional Development League this season, Murray was thrust into the firing line on debut in direct opposition with one of the League’s hottest prospects.
“I feel privileged to be playing against players like Tom Ince. He’s been linked with clubs in the Premier League and it was a joy to be playing against such good players,” Murray continued.
“You do come up against some quite good players in the Under-21 games too, but today was completely different due to the crowd.”
Despite his personal delight, the Scottish Under-21 international was the first to admit that Town’s performance was not up to scratch against the Seasiders
“I don’t think we ever got hold of the ball. There were too many long balls; we didn’t pass it about like we can. We didn’t have the best start to the game; there were two good chances for them in the first five minutes. The Gaffer had a word with us during the interval and that picked us up, as we were a bit better in the second half.
“In truth we were probably a wee bit lucky to come away with a draw, but we showed good character and almost hung on for all three points.”
Next up for the Terriers is Saturday’s 12.30pm kick-off at home to a resurgent Sheffield Wednesday and Murray is hoping he can get his next test of Championship action.
“I’m just going to keep working hard and hopefully I will get my chance. I hope I do! Saturday is a big derby game; hopefully we can perform better than today and pick up the three points that we need.”
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