Carroll high on confidence ahead of Charlton
Jake Carroll is loving life at Huddersfield Town – and paid tribute to the supporters for making him feel at home.
The summer arrival from St. Patrick’s Athletic has improved game on game in the early part of the season after breaking into the side and put in arguably his best performance during Saturday’s 5-1 win over AFC Bournemouth, which has led to many fans taking to twitter to congratulate him.
“The response from the fans has meant a lot to me,” Jake admitted. “A lot of people have taken the time to send me nice messages on Twitter and it’s really given me confidence, so I really appreciate it.
“I’ve loved the start of the season. As I’ve said previously I thought it would have taken longer to break into the first team, but I had a good pre-season and now I’m in the team I want to keep my spot. I feel like I’ve been doing pretty well so far.”
Jake has had to adapt to a more advanced left wing-back position, but showed his attacking prowess when getting forward to win the penalty that James Vaughan converted against the Cherries.
He continued: “The Manager has been drilling it into me to get forward more. It’s taken me a while to adjust to that because I’m naturally a defender, but it’s paying off now – that’s probably why I won the penalty on Saturday.”
Town’s players have been at Canalside Sports Complex on Sunday and Monday in order to prepare for Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup clash at home to Charlton Athletic and Jake admitted the mood in the camp is very good.
“We’re all buzzing at the moment; we’ve never had such a happy Monday! You often get a few tired bodies in at the start of the week, but there was no hint of that today – everyone was happy and the banter was flying.
“Confidence is high at the minute and we want to keep that going with a win on Tuesday night. The Manager has talked to us about the importance of keeping this run going, because the confidence will only grow with each win and that can only bode well for the future.
“I think a home draw is the main thing at this stage of the competition, which we have got. We’ve had a fair few home games for this stage of the season and it’s important we aim to win our home games.
“I’ve just seen that Charlton finished ninth last season, which is an impressive finish. They have a decent team and a good manager who I’m sure will have them pumped up for the game, as they’ll want to bounce back from their game on Saturday.”
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