Neil reflects on defeat to Hull City
Neil Danns feels that Town could have easily come out of today’s 1-0 defeat to Hull City with a result – and is keen to quickly refocus on Tuesday night’s fixture at Bolton Wanderers.
Danns was given the ‘Man of the Match’ award by sponsors Ice Valley, but he admitted he would happily give up any personal accolade in exchange for the points.
“It doesn’t really matter to me at the moment, because I would have rather had the three points every day of the week,” Neil told htafc.com.
“Obviously I’m disappointed, because I think Hull had one shot in the second half and we had them camped in their own box; I don’t know how many corners we had. They’ve sat behind the ball, but I’m really disappointed we couldn’t break them down.
“There was nothing in the game. They are second in the League and look seven games away from the Premier League, but we’re looking at it and we’re gutted that we’ve lost that game. It’s very disappointing because today we have matched them. I really can’t explain how disappointed I am.”
Other results in the bottom half of the npower Championship didn’t go Town’s way today, but Danns is keen to set that to one side with their team’s fate still in their own hands.
“It always seems to be the case at the moment; when we lose everyone wins and when we win everyone wins! They’re the circumstances though and we have to be man enough to stand up to it. It’s no different for any other team down there.
“On paper it looks like we have one of the best run-ins, but in this League it doesn’t seem to matter; anyone can beat anyone. You’ve seen today that Peterborough have beaten Cardiff, who are flying away with the League, so you can’t bank on anyone.
“The only thing you can do is look after your own results. It’s in our own hands at this moment in time and we want it to stay that way. If we get a couple of wins we could be safe after next Saturday’s important game against Peterborough. I’m sure we can do it and we’ll be giving it our all.”
Despite his disappointment at today’s defeat, Danns explained that he is enjoying life as a Terrier.
“I’ve focussed on playing my part in what is going to go right down to the wire here, although hopefully it won’t. I’ll give my all every game – you can probably see I am the sort of player who wears his heart on his sleeve – and that’s what I’ll continue to do.
“My main goal and focus is to keep Huddersfield Town in this League come the end of the season; that’s when I can start thinking about the future. At the moment I have bigger things to think about on the pitch.”
Danns and co are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Bolton’s Reebok Stadium – something Neil feels can’t come quickly enough.
“That’s a good thing. We want to bounce back as quickly as possible and it’s another massive game away at Bolton, who have been doing really well recently. It’s a tough game, but every game in this league is.
“We’ll be going into that game focussed and hopefully we can get the right sort of result.”
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