Match winner James on Town’s first win of 2013
James Vaughan netted his first goal in 10 appearances tonight - but admitted ‘that winning feeling’ outstrips any personal glory after the Terriers recorded their first win in 13 League games against Crystal Palace!
Vaughan’s neat 65th minute finish after Adam Clayton’s through ball sealed an important 1-0 home win for Caretaker bosses Mark Lillis and Steve Eyre and the goalscorer was in happy mood at the post-match press conference.
“Obviously getting a goal was fantastic, but the feeling I had at the final whistle when we had finally won the game was much more important,” James told htafc.com.
“We stuck together and ground it out. Don’t be fooled – it means more to the players than anyone that we have won a game; that was massive for us. We’ve all been fighting for each other in the changing room and it is a fantastic feeling.
“The back four was fantastic. ‘Gezza’, the Skip (Peter Clarke) and all the rest headed everything and together we kept the clean sheet.
“All round it went to plan for us. It was a deserved lead, but perhaps a bit of nervousness set in afterwards.”
Town fans have had to be patient for the first League win of 2013 after a barren spell, but Vaughany was adamant that he has felt the frustration just as much.
“You can’t put it into words. The fans understandably get upset when we’re not winning, but I can tell you that nobody gets more upset than me. My family will vouch for that – I’ve been a nightmare to be around! Hopefully they can see a better side of me over the next few weeks!
“We’ve been looking at ourselves. We know if we do what we’re good at, we know we can win games and we started to do that on Saturday – and again tonight.”
Vaughan was quick to praise Town’s temporary managerial duo for their part in the turnaround.
“Once again Mark and Steve got their tactics spot on and got us going. They’ve gone into real depth as to how they want us to play and the lads have taken it on board. I thought they were spot on tonight and I thought we were very unlucky not to get the win on Saturday against Leicester. They have to take a lot of credit for this.”
He also spared a word for strike partner Lee Novak, who has made a real impression after returning to the starting line-up for the last two games:
“Lee is a great player – he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He works extremely hard for the team and never gives up.
“You’ve seen that tonight. He didn’t get a goal, but if anyone deserved one it was him. He’s a joy to play with. He works hard for me and I work hard for him, but it’s the same when Alan and ‘Becks’ are out there too.”
Next up for the Terriers is Saturday’s trip to Derby County’s Pride Park – a game the striker admitted can’t come soon enough.
“It’s just another game we want to win. There are three points there to take and we will prepare properly for the game. We just have to kick on now and keep working together.”
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