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7 February 2014

Defender previews Wigan clash

Anthony Gerrard believes Town are ready to bounce back in tomorrow’s home fixture against Wigan Athletic. 

The Terriers were humbled by Leeds United last weekend, succumbing to a 5-1 defeat at Elland Road.

He said: “It just sits with me, to be honest, for quite a while. We had one last year against Leicester and that was a capitulation. Last week was down to a few naïve mistakes and losing our shape. 

“We should have been out of sight by half time, at least three up, but that’s the price in football when you don’t take your chances.

“Every team goes through it in the season. With the amount of chances we have created in the last four games, we should have come away with three or four wins. When you tot it all up we should still be in the cup and have nine more points on the table, but football doesn’t work like that and it’s down to us to rectify it.”

Town are 14th in the Sky Bet Championship table and a win tomorrow could take the Terriers to within ten points of the Play-Offs.

“We are doing okay,” said Anthony. “We are passing the ball well, keeping it well, creating chances, but it’s that final cutting edge that is the defining thing in this league. If you put your chances away then you shoot up the league.

“I want to finish as high as possible. Maybe just outside the Play-Offs, or even inside, but I am a realist. It would take a hell of a run to achieve that. I wouldn’t say we haven’t got the players to do it, but we maybe haven’t got the experience.” 

Wigan is currently 10th in the league, six points above Town, with a squad littered in Premier League experience. The FA Cup holders were relegated from the Premier League last May and are looking to make an immediate return.

“We need to get the win for different reasons,” said Gerrard. “We have had the four defeats which isn’t ideal in any circumstances.

“Wigan have changed their manager and they have a plethora of experienced players. We are just a young group of lads who like to knock the ball around and play the football in the right manner. 

“I don’t think we deserve to be where we are in the league, but our results don’t lie. If we had scored five more goals in the first half of the season, we would be where we want to be. Taking those chances at key times would have swung games in our favour. We didn’t do that and it’s down to the second half of the season to kick on.”

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