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23 February 2013

Midfielder reflects on the Ipswich stalemate

Huddersfield Town’s Neil Danns believes today’s goalless stalemate with Ipswich Town is something the team can build on ahead of Tuesday night’s game at Burnley.

“I think when we look back at the game we will be a bit disappointed that we couldn’t take all three points, but it’s a point coming off the back of the result on Tuesday and we’ve given ourselves something to build on,” the experienced midfielder told  

“When you look at the other results it looks like a point gained, because a lot of the teams below us have dropped points. We’re not overly ecstatic, but it’s a point to build on.

“I think you could see everyone was fighting for the cause. It was a tight game and we knew one lapse in concentration could decide it, but the boys stayed strong and we feel we could have won the game. We had a few chances that on another day would have won us the game 1-0.

“We were frustrated that our chances didn’t go in today, but we can’t let ourselves get too frustrated with the position we’re in because that can cause other sorts of problems. We can’t start going gung-ho or anything like that; we just have to keep plugging away. If we work as hard as we did today and keep creating those chances, I’m sure we won’t go far wrong. 

“We were all disappointed after the last two games, but it shows character when you do bounce back. Teams can easily lie down and let this kind of situation get on top of them, but to credit the lads we’ve come out fighting and we could have won the game. 

“Being a northern lad myself I know the fans expect hard work; there is no harder working place than Yorkshire! We’ll go into the game on Tuesday looking to grind out a result and hopefully we’ll get that bit of luck we need to get all three points.

“We were determined not to get beaten today. We wanted to come away with at least a draw, but obviously we wanted to win the game. If you get a clean sheet it’s a lot easier to take all three points – that’s a basic. Our team shape limited them to half-chances and that is a good starting point for the Manager. This is our first week with him where we’ve worked on the team shape and we looked a lot more organised than we did on Tuesday.”

Danns believes Town’s defensive improvement today can be credited to getting some valuable time on the training pitch with new boss Mark Robins this week and he’s hoping further work at Canalside will bear fruit. 

“The Manager has sat down with us and we know what we have to do. I thought the first two games were a bit harsh on the new manager as we didn’t have much time to work under him, but we’ve worked on a few things in the few days’ training we’ve had and you could see that today. We’ll work a bit more on Monday and we’ll go to Burnley looking for three points.

“There is a long way to go and this League is so unpredictable – you just have to look at the results today. We’re looking up rather and down and we have to be positive.”

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