Dixon discusses defeat in FA Cup
Paul Dixon stressed that Town must take their chances when they’re on top of games after today’s 1-0 home FA Cup defeat to Charlton Athletic.
The Addicks won the game with their sole shot on target, a 54th minute strike from one-time Town loanee Simon Church, whereas on the other hand the Terriers were wasteful in front of goal.
“We battered them in the first-half, but at the end of the day you don’t win football games unless you take your chances,” Scottish international Paul told htafc.com. “Unfortunately today we didn’t take the chances we made – and there were plenty of them.”
Dixon was at the heart of many of Town’s attacks, particularly in the opening 45 minutes, as the Terriers turned in a decent display.
He continued: “My job now as a wing back rather than a full back is to try and get forward as much as I can. I have to be the width on the left hand side, just as Adam Hammill has to be on the right. I’m trying to do that to the best of my ability.”
Town were less fluent in the second-half and Dixon explained that the next step for the team is to produce a consistently high level of performance for an entire game.
“We didn’t carry out what we did in the first-half (in the second-half); that was the problem. We need to keep doing it for 90 minutes as opposed to 45 or an hour. When we do that, we still need to take our chances.
“I think Murray has just been caught watching the ball a wee bit and has been drawn out (for Charlton’s goal); Simon Church has run in behind him then. Murray is young and he’ll learn. This is his first prolonged run in the team here, but he’s a very good player and he’ll learn from that.
“We’d be a lot more worried if we weren’t making chances though. We just need to keep doing what we’re good at in terms of passing the ball, getting forward and getting balls in the box. Whoever gets on the end of a cross or a through-ball needs to take their chance. I’m sure that will come.”
Attentions now turn to Tuesday night, when Mark Robins’ team is back in Sky Bet Championship action at AFC Bournemouth’s Goldsands Stadium.
“We can start again now as we have a quick turnaround to Bournemouth on Tuesday. Hopefully we can take our chances then.”
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