Midfielder looking forward to Cup clash
After helping Town to progress in the last round, Oliver Norwood is excited to face a familiar foe in the FA Cup with Budweiser Round Four.
The Northern Ireland international scored the first Town goal in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Grimsby in Round Three, and tomorrow’s visitors Charlton are no strangers to the Terriers.
This will be the sixth meeting between the sides in the last two seasons, with Town victorious on three occasions – including twice on home soil already this season.
“Even in the summer we went to the training camp in Marbella and they were on the next pitch!” Norwood explained to htafc.com. “We have got to know each other quite well now. They know our strengths and weaknesses and we know theirs, so it could be a really tight game.
“There’s no pressure on them, no points at stake. It’s a one off game, it’s a different situation in the cup and they will come and want to win as much as we do.”
Town defeated Charlton in last year’s FA Cup, Jermaine Beckford grabbing the only goal of the game last January, and Norwood has fond memories of the competition.
“The FA Cup’s brilliant! As a kid you watch it and you want to play in a cup final. It’s a brilliant cup competition to play in and we want to go as far as we can.
“We are looking forward to it. We’ve been sharp all week in training and it’s the FA Cup; we want to progress no matter who is in our way. It was a proper cup tie (at Grimsby) and it was always going to be difficult. We are looking to progress as far as possible.”
With Nahki Wells and Joe Lolley joining the Club this month, Norwood is pleased with the way things are going at the moment.
“It’s exciting times. You can see the Club is going in the direction that everyone wants to go. Nahki has brought two goals in two games – if he carries on like that until the end of the season we can have a little push and start looking up the table.
“We have got Vaughany (James Vaughan) back fit now and Wardy (Danny Ward) has been playing really well. Pato (Martin Paterson) has come in as well, so we have a really good strike force there and behind that we have some talented players to supply.
“It’s exciting and the Club is building all the time. Everyone is enjoying their football at the minute."
Meanwhile both Harry Bunn, 21 and Sondre Tronstad, 18, joined the Terriers this week, complementing Town’s exciting crop of young players.
Norwood believes plenty of the young players have the ability to follow Tommy Smith and Duane Holmes by making an impact in the First Team.
“They are young players and they ask questions to the older players. They are talented and they want to learn. The manager has brought them in for a reason - because they can help us progress. If they work hard they will get a chance and when they do they have to impress.”
Norwood himself is only 22, but he now has 60 appearances in a blue and white shirt after joining from Manchester United 18 months ago.
“It’s been good; I have been getting into a rhythm with a lot more game time. Last year was frustrating at times not to be getting 90 minutes, but I have played a fair share this year. We have been playing some good football, so we are only looking up.”
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