Keith talks to htafc.com ahead of Birmingham
Central midfielder Keith Southern has been ever present for the Terriers this term and is expecting the team to bounce back at Birmingham this weekend after two successive defeats.
The 31 year-old admitted the performance of the players during the midweek defeat against Leicester fell short of the required level. He told htafc.com that it is imperative that the Terriers put some points on the board ahead of the international break:
“It’s important to take something from the game before the (international) break. We will go with the mentality that we can pick something up from St Andrews,” said Southern.
“We are very disappointed with our last two performances. Going into last Saturday’s match we were second in the League and at one point I think we were top. The last game and a half has not been good enough, but we have a chance to bounce back and put things right against Birmingham on Saturday.”
Town fell out of the promotion places following the 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Foxes, but Keith isn’t concerned about the team’s league position at this early stage in the season.
“We are still learning at this level and we are a young group. We will keep our feet on the ground and not get too carried away or too excited this early in the season. The young crop of players that the Manager has assembled at the Club is the most talented that I have ever worked with,” said Keith.
Although Town have scored plenty of goals this season, they have prevented other teams from playing their own game – a factor which was missing in the performances against Watford and Leicester.
“We didn’t work enough hard,” said Keith. “I think the majority of our results this season have come from working hard and our shear endeavour, but on Tuesday night we had four or five players off the pace and you get what you deserve in this League. We need to go back to basics and grind a result out at St Andrews. We need to turn up on Saturday with a siege mentality and try and turn things around. It is important to get something on the board, even if it is only a point, I don’t think the Gaffer would mind too much. We won’t go there looking to just get a point though, we will go with the intention of winning all three.”
Town’s trip to St Andrews is its final one before the international break against a Birmingham side who have won twice at home this term.
“It will be nice to go back on the road after two home games. Hopefully a change of scenery will do us some good and I am sure the fans will back us – as they have done all season – down at St Andrews. It will be a very tough game as they have got some very good players. Lee Clark has assembled a good side and has some dangerous players such as the wingers, Nathan Redmond and Chris Burke. I am expecting a hard contest because they should be higher up in the league than where they are.”
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