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5 October 2013

Norwood on the 2-1 home defeat to Watford

Huddersfield Town midfielder Oliver Norwood was disappointed that the Terriers maintain their impressive start against Watford throughout the 90 minutes.

Mark Robins’ side were good in the early stages of the encounter at the John Smith’s Stadium and took the lead through Danny Ward’s first goal of the season in the 17th minute, but when the Hornets hit back barely a minute later they enjoyed the better chances throughout. 

“We knew it was going to be difficult; they finished high up in the division last season and only missed out on promotion to the Premier League via a penalty in the Play-Off Final. They have a lot of technically good players,” Ollie told

“We started the game on the front foot for the first 20 minutes and I felt we were in control when we got the goal. You know what you are going to get from ‘Wardy’. He is direct and takes the game to the opposition. He stretched the game, gave us an outlet and scored a fantastic header.

“To concede so quickly was disappointing, especially given the manner of their goal. We were in possession of the ball on the edge of their box, but then within two passes it was in the back of our net. 

“After that, we stopped doing the same things and the game turned. They got two goals and looked comfortable after that; we never got going after that. 

“In the second-half we came out and had a go, but the ball just wouldn’t drop – we couldn’t create a chance. On the balance of play, I would say they were worthy winners. 

“We’re all disappointed, because we want to be winning games and it hurts when you don’t. We wanted to come away from the game with something today.”

Former Manchester United man Norwood believes the style of play from today’s opponents is a good example of what Town are trying to achieve under Mark Robins.

He continued: “Watford play football in the right way and that is where we want to get to; we want to shift the ball as quickly as them. 

“The fans here have been great; they’re very patient. I know sometimes it will be difficult for them because we have to pass the ball backwards and they’re perhaps used to a more direct style of play – there are a few moans and groans – but they are getting used to the style of play that the Manager wants us to play and they’ve stuck by us. Hopefully we can repay them for that support.”

Whilst the majority of the Town squad will now recharge their batteries during the international break, Norwood – alongside Martin Paterson – head off to play two World Cup qualifiers for Northern Ireland.  

“We meet up on Monday ahead of a double header away at Azerbaijan and Israel. They will be difficult games, but this weekend I will be pondering today’s result. It will take a while to clear my head of this; I won’t have a good Saturday or Sunday night. The good thing in football is that there’s always another game around the corner to put things right.”

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