Left back previews Middlesbrough test
Left back Paul Dixon believes Town can keep up their tremendous away form when they visit Middlesbrough in the npower Championship on Tuesday night.
The former Dundee United defender has been a regular feature in Simon Grayson’s line-up this season as the Terriers have achieved the second best away record in the division and he’s hoping that continues at the Riverside.
“Middlesbrough will be a very tough test,” Paul admitted. “They are right up there and are playing well up at their place, but they are all tough games in this division. We’re going up there focussed on getting the three points.
“They are at home and they’ll be favourites, but we will go up there and play our game; stick to our team shape and do what we have been all season away from home, when we’ve done quite well. First and foremost we’ll be solid and hard to beat, but we’ll look to take our chances when they come our way.”
Town are hoping to have midfielder Keith Southern available for the tie after lodging an appeal against the red card he received at Charlton on Saturday (click HERE
for full info) and ‘Dicko’ backed the Club’s decision to contest the challenge:
“To be honest I don’t think it was a sending off; it was just a good, old fashioned 50-50 challenge. The fans like to see full-blooded challenges and that’s all it was – a 50-50 challenge. Keith hasn’t gone in high and caught the boy (Michael Morrison).”
After moving to England in the summer, Dixon is happy with how his embryonic Town career has unfolded – including his first three caps for Scotland.
“I’ve settled in fine and I’m happy with how things are going. I had a few games on the bench, but the team won and that’s the main thing – you can’t complain if that happens! That time refreshed me and made me more determined to do well when I got my chance.
“Since I’ve come back in I’m happy with how I’ve done, plus I’ve played for my country three times this season which I didn’t expect to happen. Before my first cap I told my family that even if this was the only one I could always say I’ve represented my country, but I’ve been fortunate enough to play three times now. Fingers crossed I’ve done well enough in those games to be in the frame again, but for that to happen I need to play well for my team.
“First and foremost Huddersfield pay my wages, so that is my bread and butter. If I don’t do well for Huddersfield, the Scotland Manager won’t pick me so I’m giving 100 percent and trying to keep my place.
“I want the team to do well, because then we will keep ourselves at the right end of the table – where we want to be at the end of the season. You never know – if we’re there or there abouts, hopefully we can make the Play-Offs. We’ve started well so far, but we need to concentrate and make sure we keep going. Hopefully we will.”
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