Striker Lee on the defeat at Derby
Striker Alan Lee felt the 3-0 defeat at Derby County was a harsh reflection on Town this afternoon.
The Terriers were beaten by an impressive Rams side at Pride Park, but the experienced Irishman believed the work rate from Town’s players couldn’t be faulted on the day.
“I felt that if we had got a goal at any stage in the game it would have been different,” Alan told htafc.com. “The lads put up a good fight and although Derby are a good, dangerous team, a goal would have changed that game. Unfortunately the ball wouldn’t go in the net for us, but I felt it was a bit harsh on the lads because it wasn’t another Watford – the lads gave it their all.
“Our lads didn’t stop going. People like ‘Vaughany’ didn’t stop running throughout the 90 minutes and we were unlucky to lose the Captain (Peter Clarke) when he went off at half time; he has gone to hospital and I hope he’s alright.
“Conceding the third goal so early in the second half was a real blow, as it killed the contest. I thought the scoreline was a bit harsh on us; if at any time we had got a goal, it would have made it a very interesting fixture. However, we just couldn’t get that goal to lift us.”
The defeat leaves Town five points above the npower Championship’s relegation zone and Alan reiterated that consolidating the Club’s position in the second tier of English football is still the priority:
“We needed Wednesday night so much and I felt we need to see more performances like the ones on Wednesday and last Saturday more often. We haven’t seen people getting on the ball as much and a lot of that is self-belief. We have a lot of players learning this division and maybe they are learning now.
“We have a lot to play for. We want to get to fifty points as soon as possible, because guiding the Club to safety is the number one priority.
“I’d like to think we’re still looking up the League, but the aim at the start of the season was to stay in the division and we want to get to that position as quickly as we can. Once we do, we’ll take it from there.
“I know this league very well and everyone has a difficult period. Hopefully we are going through our only one.”
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