Ollie thanks the Town faithful
Oliver Norwood was as frustrated as anyone by the result at Bolton tonight after a good Town display.
The Northern Ireland international played the full 90 minutes as Town created numerous chances against their hosts, but couldn’t find a way back into the tie after Chris Eagles’ second half strike.
“It hurts a lot at the moment; it’s a very quiet dressing room right now,” Ollie told htafc.com. “The result is sickening. However, if we play like that for the rest of the season we won’t be too far away.
“I think putting the ball in the back of the net has been a problem for us all season, which is disappointing; that’s something for us to work on.”
Norwood impressed in central midfield and pulled the strings alongside Oscar Gobern, who continued his good form since his return.
Ollie continued: “Since Oscar has come back from injury he has been unbelievable. The way that he breaks up play is excellent; people think they have got away from him and then the big leg comes out! He’s been great since he’s come back into the team and I’m enjoying playing alongside him.
Now the focus has switched to Saturday’s home clash with Peterborough United, who sit one place and one point below the Terriers in the table.
“We will go again on Saturday. It’s a massive game and I think we have to win now; it’s as simple as that. As players you tend to say you don’t look at the table, but of course you do and tonight a win would have taken us some way up.
“We have six cup finals now against teams around us, so every game is a six pointer now. It’s still in our hands – we’ve said that in the dressing room. It’s difficult to get the ball down and pass it like we have done on our pitch, which is disappointing, but we can’t use that as an excuse. However, if we play anything like we have tonight I think we will have too much for the teams around us.
“Come the end of the season we don’t want to be in the bottom three, but I’m sure that’s the same at every club in the division. We have six games left now and we’ll be working hard for one final push. I’m disappointed that we’ve got ourselves in this situation after the start we had to the season.”
Norwood reserved his final words for the Town fans, who travelled in great numbers to the Reebok Stadium on the evening and backed their side from the first whistle to the last.
“The fans have been with us all season. We’ve not really had any stick but on the odd occasion we’ve had some, we’ve deserved it. I think we’ve got off lightly as players, as perhaps we deserve more for getting into this situation. They have been patient and brilliant and it’s important that it’s on record how good they have been with the lads, because they will be as frustrated as us. We really do appreciate their support.
“As a group of players all we can ask is that they stick with us until the end of the season. That support can make a bit of a difference.”
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