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HUDSON: LET’S SHOW WHAT WE CAN DO

15 December 2015

Captain previews tonight’s game

- Mark Hudson previews Rotherham game
- Town Captain knows Terriers let themselves down on Saturday
- Hudson wants side to show what it can do

Town Captain Mark Hudson knows the Terriers caused their own problems on Saturday – and will look to put things right against Rotherham United tonight.

“We knew at half time that we had caused our own problems at the start,” Mark told htafc.com. “We didn’t start how we had done in the previous three games, invited pressure and didn’t pass the ball as we’ve been learning to do. It was a downhill spiral from that and we only had ourselves to blame. We knew we had let ourselves down. 

“Defensively, we’re disappointed to have conceded from two set pieces. We’d watched Bristol City and we had a way to counteract them, but I think it disrupted us when Emyr (Huws) went off injured as he was part of the plan. We didn’t get things right and they scored, which is disappointing as we’ve done well with set pieces throughout the season. That’s something that we have to look at. 

“In the second half we showed what we can do, but we had given ourselves a mountain to climb. We did have chances and if we had scored the penalty the game would be different, but it didn’t happen and we couldn’t quite get the equaliser. At the end, we felt like we could have had at least a point because we were in control.” 

Hudson and his teammates now have the chance to put things right against Rotherham United at the John Smith’s Stadium tonight.

“That’s what the Championship gives you; another game just around the corner. We’ve now got another game to show what we can do.

“I think we’ve taken the Head Coach’s ideas across well. We’ve had a poor 45 minutes performance-wise in four games, even though the results haven’t been quite there. We now have to look to put it all together as we did at Birmingham and get all three points. 

“If we perform like we did in the second half on Saturday, and like we have before that, we will get results. We’ll look to perform like we can from the first whistle on Tuesday night.”

Town’s players arrived at PPG Canalside early on Tuesday morning and will spend the day preparing together before the 7.45pm kick-off.

Mark continued: “It’s new, but football is all about adapting and learning. It’s new to me and I’m enjoying it. We’re doing that and I feel we’re looking fitter, because we’re strong towards the end of games. At Birmingham we held on well and scored a late breakaway goal.

“We’ve got fresh bodies coming in too, which will be good. Obviously the squad, bar a couple of niggles, is as fresh as it has been for a while. The games come thick and fast and we’re used to that.” 

On tonight’s opposition Rotherham, Mark added:

“We know it’s a derby, which is something to look forward to. 

“Like the Head Coach says, we have to focus on ourselves. As soon as the first whistle goes we have to play our game, because we know we can get results by doing that. In the majority of the games so far we’ve been on top possession-wise, so if we can turn the chances we are creating into goals we will be alright.” 

The Terriers will look to arrest a home record of four straight home defeats this evening; something Hudson is keen to end.

“That’s disappointing for our fans, as well as us players. We don’t want that; it’s not a stat we are proud of at all. We want to keep our fans happy and onside. We’ll try and put that right on Tuesday. 

“Our home ground should be our fortress; that’s how I see it. We’ve got to turn that form around and starting winning games at home.

“Picking up three points is key, but we know with the way that we have been playing and the ideas the Head Coach is putting across that we can get results. We’re confident in that.”

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