Norwood pleased with display vs. QPR
Town’s 1-1 home stalemate with much-fancied QPR was a great game to watch for the 13,896 fans in attendance this afternoon – and was equally enjoyable to play in according to midfielder Oliver Norwood.
“It was enjoyable, especially after we took the lead – deservedly I thought,” Ollie told htafc.com.
“‘Pato’ maybe should have scored the chance he had earlier in the game and I felt like we had control of the game when we took the lead.
“It was disappointing to concede the goal almost straight after we had scored was disappointing, because if we had kept them out until half-time we would have had a real chance of winning the game.
“That was a disappointing goal to concede, although it was unlucky as it had a few ricochets before it landed at the lad’s feet. We had to defend it better though.
“Teams like QPR have so many quality players that they will always have spells in the game, but we did well to keep them out today.”
Despite the quality of the opposition, Manager Mark Robins went for the win with attacking substitutions late on.
Oliver continued: “We’ve got to go for the win; we want to get as many points on the board as soon as possible. There’s no point playing the game if you’re happy drawing them all!
“Sean (Scannell) had an effort right at the end – I thought the ‘keeper saved it actually. Perhaps we could have nicked it at the end, but it could have gone either way and we’ll take the point today.”
Town’s players were once again deployed in the 3-5-2 formation that served them so well in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Bradford City and Norwood admitted that he was a fan of the system.
“We’ve only worked on it twice; the day before the Bradford game and then again before today. You can see it’s coming together and it suits me, as I can get on the ball and pass it. I think the system suits the players that we have.
“At times last year the midfield lads got bypassed a little bit; I think we looked for the strikers a little bit too early. However, perhaps the situation required that as we battled to stay in the League. If we had to do that by playing ugly, so be it.
“Now we will dominate more games this year. We have to tidy things up and make sure we don’t get sloppy by getting the ball and keeping it. We’re working hard.
“We want to keep playing this way and have control over teams for the full game. The Gaffer wants free-flowing football.”
The start to the Championship season doesn’t get any easier for the Terriers, with the difficult trip to Millwall’s Den in store next weekend:
“I don’t think you could have picked a harder start for us with Forest away and QPR at home. Millwall is a notoriously difficult place to go, but we’re confident. Today we came up against one of the favourites for the League and matched them stride for stride. We’ll be looking to win the game next weekend.”
Before that, Norwood and teammate Martin Paterson travel to Northern Ireland to take part in the World Cup qualifier against Russia.
“It’s an important game and I enjoy playing for my country, but overall I’m hoping to come back unscathed and get ready for Saturday. The most important thing for me is playing for Huddersfield Town.”
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