James reviews Derby draw & previews Blackburn & Blackpool
Reece James’ goal during Saturday’s 4-4 home draw with Derby County will live long in the on-loan defender’s memory.
The strike – straight from a corner he took on the right flank – was his first at senior level in just his 16th start.
There was some suggestion that the ball may have touched a Derby defender on its way in, but the Manchester United man quickly dismissed those suggestions when talking to htafc.com!
“I’ll claim it as much as I can! I think it did take a bit of a deflection, but that’s my goal any day of the week! I just tried whipping it in over the ‘keeper for the lads to try and attack it, but I think the wind caught it a little bit to take it along the goal line.
“It’s fantastic, because it’s my first goal for Huddersfield Town and my first senior goal. That’s always a plus. I’d like to try and add to that in the next two games if I can.
“I try and make sure that any cross I make during a game is as good as it can be. I try and thrive on dead balls, particularly corners.”
The Terriers are unbeaten since James joined the Club five games ago, but unfortunately – despite a superb attacking performance – the Terriers could only claim a point against the Rams, with Tom Ince’s late strike becoming the latest of a number of late strikes that have robbed the team of points this season.
Reece admitted: “We were frustrated not to win on Saturday, especially as we were 3-1 and 4-3 up. Despite that, was still a draw and a point against a team that is trying to get up this season.
“To score four goals against them shows that we have some great ability in this team. We’re creating a lot of chances and when you have players up front like Ishmael Miller and Nahki Wells – and we were even without James Vaughan on Saturday – who can finish like they can, we have some real firepower.
“At the other end, we have to stay tighter - a lot more compact – and try to shut up shop. We can’t take any credit away from Derby, who produced four great strikes to be fair, but we have to try and stop them at source.
“Having said that, ever since I’ve come in every single player has been brilliant – even in training. I’m impressed with a lot of these players; there’s some real talent here.”
With Town now unbeaten in five – a run that has seen the team climb to 15th in the Sky Bet Championship – James wants to help that run continue for the rest of the campaign.
“We want two victories from the last two games, because we’re still on a good run. It’s been good to play in; the momentum is still there and confidence is high. It’s always a joy to play in a team when you haven’t been beaten.
“We’re all aiming an unbeaten finish to the season and working hard to make it happen.
“I will try and do my best in the final games, then I’ll go back to Manchester United in the summer and we’ll have a conversation.”
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