Jon pleased with win over Charlton
Jon Stead believes that the adaptability Town showed during tonight’s 3-2 Capital One Cup Second Round win over Charlton Athletic will serve them well throughout the season.
Introduced with 19 minutes to go, Steady came on and made a real impact as a rare goal from Jonathan Hogg and Adam Hammill’s second in as many games turned the tie for the Terriers.
All that came after the Addicks took a 2-1 lead having matched Town’s 3-5-2 formation from the outset to good effect.
“We slightly changed the formation and the way of the game turned a little bit. The substitutions brought on fresh legs as well,” Jon told htafc.com.
“Charlton had obviously been watching us and I think it’s good when teams match you up, because it shows you’re doing things right. We had to change it up tonight and it worked for us, because we caused them a different problem. In a 4-4-2 we created some good chances.
“The other lads like me and ‘Scanz’ came into the frame and got minutes on the pitch. We have a decent squad and I think we’ll do well.
“You have to be able to do that, because we’re in a difficult league. As soon as you put two or three performances in with a similar starting line-up, teams sit up and take notice and look at ways of counteracting it. Today we did that well.”
Jon was in his first spell at the Club when they last reached the Third Round of the League Cup competition, back in the 2003/04 campaign.
He continued: “You can see that the players want a cup run; we want to be successful in everything we do this season. Confidence comes from winning games and it’s not a bad habit.
“I’ve not had much success cup-wise throughout my career, but the important thing is to keep winning games to keep that momentum. We also want to make our Stadium a difficult place for teams to come and play.”
Since returning to the Club in the summer Stead has had to be patient, with the good form of other players restricting him to three competitive appearances as a substitute.
“It’s been a great start to the season and the lads are performing on the pitch, so I have to wait my turn. I was out during pre-season and although my general fitness is there, match fitness is a bit different.
“Obviously it’s brilliant for me to be back out playing for Huddersfield Town; I thoroughly enjoyed it again tonight. A lot has been said about my return to the Club, but I’ve not just come back for the sake of it – I want to be a real asset to this Club. I still feel I have a lot to give.
“Of course I want more minutes, but it’s a long old season and I’m sure I’ll play a large part in the squad. All I can do is show what I’m capable of when I get the chance and I think I did that today.
“All the lads around the fringes of the team have to be ready, so when that chance comes they can keep the shirt. If my chance doesn’t come for a long time because the lads are winning and getting results, you won’t find me complaining!
“I’m pleased with how I’m playing when I’m getting my minutes here and there and I think today was another progression for me. I’m happy with how things are going and I’m just happy we’re in the hat for the Third Round.”
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