Danny on facing his friend Jack against Barnsley
Danny Ward and Jack Hunt became great pals during their time as teammates – but that friendship will go out of the window come 3pm on Saturday!
If selected, the left-sided Ward is likely to come up against Town Academy graduate and current Barnsley loanee Jack at the John Smith’s Stadium and Danny told htafc.com that he’s relishing the challenge.
“I’m looking forward to it. He was here for a long time and we know him well. Knowing Jack he’ll be confident, but I know how Jack plays and hopefully that can help me come Saturday,” said Danny.
“I’ve been speaking to Jack a lot. He was part of the group that helped the Club gain promotion against Sheffield United at Wembley and we achieved a lot together. It’ll be strange to play against him, but once you get onto the pitch the focus is on coming away with the three points.”
Saturday’s clash is the second of three successive Yorkshire derbies for the Terriers and Danny explained that the squad is looking to get back on track following last weekend’s disappointing defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.
“Any local derby is a massive game for any team and its fans; it’s a great occasion to be a part of. Barnsley is another derby for us and everyone will be up for it. As always, we’ll aim to take control of the game as early on as possible.
“Our form has been a bit up and down. Recently we have been passing the ball fairly well, but we slipped a bit on Saturday and we’re looking to put things right tomorrow.
“We’ve worked hard this week to get ourselves back on track, but we put the work in every single week to be fair; if you don’t, you won’t get the outcome you want. We’ve got back to basics and we’ve looked pretty good in training, so we’re heading into the game full of confidence.
“The motivation is still there for the players. We take a lot of pride in putting in good performances and winning games, regardless of our league position.
“Hopefully we will come away on top tomorrow. We need to push on now and see where it takes us. I think we’ve got the players in this team to push up the table and beat anyone in the League on our day; we just need consistency.”
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