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24 September 2012

Man of the Match James credits work ethic

Town goalscorer James Vaughan was named as Sky TV’s ‘Man of the Match’ after the 3-1 win at Blackpool – but he credited the entire team for its desire to get the results.

The Norwich City loanee netted his second goal of the season just before the half-time whistle with a thumping header – but was also trying to claim a touch on Town’s third goal!

“The first one or the second one?” James quipped when asked about his goal. “It was a great ball from Ollie and I just got my head on it.

“Joking aside, it was a great performance from the whole team. We stuck together, showed a lot of character – as we have done over the last few weeks – and got the win.

“I thought the team worked extremely hard. ‘Novy’ (Lee Novak) up front with me was different class; Wardy was a threat all game on the left and the back four was tremendous. Basically it was a team performance. 

“We’re all in it together – we win or lose together. The plan is to win more than we lose!”

Hosts Blackpool are fancied to be in the promotion mix come the end of the season, but Vaughan explained that Simon Grayson had the Terriers focussing on their own strengths ahead of kick-off.

“We respect Blackpool massively; you can’t deny how they have started this season. However, we concentrated on going out there and playing our own game and I think that showed tonight.”

The Blackpool ground staff did a fantastic job with the Bloomfield Road pitch after a day of torrential rain and both sides had to contest with the challenging conditions throughout the 90 minutes.

“It was difficult for both teams to play in those conditions, but we have a real desire to get the results,” the Birmingham-born striker continued. “We are all pulling together and it is working for us – hopefully we can keep moving forward.”

Vaughan received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Sean Scannell with 10 minutes left and he credited the supporters for the part they played on the evening. 

“The fans were fantastic, but since the day I arrived here they have shown how much love they have for their Club. All we want to do is go out there each week and give them what they pay for – what they deserve. 

“They gave me a nice reception when I was substituted. They have been brilliant with me and I’m just going out there every game to give my best for the team and for the fans. If it’s good enough for them at the end of the day I’m more than happy and if it’s not I’ll try even harder. 

“I’m really enjoying my football here. Everyone at the Club has made me feel really welcome and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

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