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OLLIE: TIME TO REPAY THE FANS

3 May 2013

Midfielder desperate to stay up

Town midfielder Oliver Norwood has said the squad is in a relaxed mood ahead of Saturday’s crunch Yorkshire derby against Barnsley.

The Terriers’ fate is in their own hands going into the final game, needing just one point to secure a second season in the npower Championship.

Norwood is focused ahead of Saturday’s game and is prepared to go to any length to repay the fans. 

“We know what we've got to do at the weekend and as long as we don’t lose the game, we are still in the Championship,” he said.

“There’s no point checking with what others are doing. If you look elsewhere and take your eye off the ball, you lose control. 

“We are in control of the situation and we aren't relying on anybody else.”

The Northern Irish midfielder experienced the heartbreak of relegation last season with Coventry City and is keen to avoid the same outcome with Town.

“It hurts to get relegated,” said Ollie. “I was only on loan at Coventry, but it hurts your pride. You’re part of a team that has been relegated and nobody wants that on their CV and we don’t want it this year.

“You have eight long weeks to think about what you could have done better and we don’t want that feeling.”

Although the prospect of relegation can be heartbreaking, Norwood says that it is exciting to be playing for something on the last day. 

“It gets the blood and the fans going. It’s football so you want to play in big situations. These are the big moments and you’ve got to take them.”

As this year could signal the biggest points tally for a team to be relegated, Norwood believes that the competitiveness of the Championship is what makes it such an attractive league to watch.

“We’ve just kept digging away and credit has to go to all the teams involved because they have made it so exciting.”

From a personal point of view, this season has been mixed for Norwood, but he is keen to repay Mark Robins for showing faith in him. 

“The change of management has helped. It’s given me a new lease of life,” he said.

“I lost my confidence during the middle of the season, but that was down to me. I’ve been given the chance of getting back in the team and playing games and I feel like I’ve done well.”

Since the midfielder returned to the first team set up, he has struck an impressive central midfield association with Oscar Gobern.

“I’ve loved playing alongside Oscar; he wins the ball and allows me to take the ball forward. I think we have struck a good partnership.”

The former Manchester United player also firmly believes his future lies with Town after this season has ended after impressing with some solid performances.

“I am on a three-year contract and I’ve loved every minute at the club and I’m looking forward to hopefully being at the Club for a few years yet.”


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