Town defender previews Saturday’s game vs. Peterborough
If Town keeping performing as they did at Bolton on Tuesday night the wins will come, according to Paul Dixon.
The Scottish left back – who was voted the Blue & White Foundation’s Player of the Month for March – is well aware that the Terriers are in a battle to maintain their npower Championship status, but is adamant that the mind-set of the players shouldn’t change.
“We have always been focussed on winning games and keeping ourselves in the League. At the beginning of the season, our focus was on being in the Championship in a year’s time,” Paul told htafc.com.
“As players, we have to focus on the game and blank any thoughts of the league table out over the 90 minutes. As long as we take care of ourselves and do our job, we can then look at other games to see if things have gone in our favour. We can’t rely on other teams though.”
There was no evidence of nerves during Tuesday night’s game at the Reebok, but despite an impressive performance – particularly in the second half – the Terriers couldn’t find the goal they deserved. Despite this, Dixon has been encouraged by recent displays.
“We limited Bolton to few chances, as we did Hull, but the positive from Tuesday is that we created plenty of chances too. If we weren’t creating scoring opportunities that would be a problem. Unfortunately we couldn’t take them on Tuesday but that will come – hopefully starting Saturday.
“We deserved something out of the game from the other night’s performance. I think we deserved a draw from the Hull game too, whereas the performance at Leeds before that was good. That just shows the battling spirit we have and I’m sure that will be on show again against Peterborough on Saturday – and for the rest of the season.
“If we replicate the performance from the Reebok Stadium, it will happen for us eventually.”
The arrival of Manager Mark Robins has coincided with an extended run in the team for the Scotland international, who believes Town fans are only just seeing the best of him following his summer move from Dundee United.
He continued: “I think it’s taken me the first six months to settle in. It’s been a big move for me and my young family to come down to England on our own, but I’ve settled in now and I feel like my game is improving as a result.
“It’s nice to play week in, week out; hopefully I can keep things going.”
Peterborough United visit West Yorkshire on Saturday in good form and defeated Town at London Road in the corresponding fixture back in October, but Dixon is in no doubt over the aim against Darren Ferguson’s side – all three points.
“We’ll be looking to start Saturday’s game well and carry on from our good performance at Bolton, but we have to turn these 1-0 defeats into single goal wins for us.
“We will prepare as we usually do, with the aim of going out on Saturday and getting all three points. We want to focus on what we’re good at, although obviously the Manager tells us about the opposition and how we should play against them. We want to nullify their threat, but at the same time we need the wingers to get balls into the box for the likes of ‘Vaughany’ to get on the end of them and score goals.
“We go out to win in every game; otherwise there’s no point in playing, is there? We want three points against Peterborough and in the five games after that, because that will keep us in the League.”
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