David delighted with defensive robustness
As a member of Town’s defence, David Edgar was delighted to help the Club keep a second successive clean sheet in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Reading.
It was the first time this season that the team has kept out the opposition in back-to-back fixtures and Edgar played an important role alongside Murray Wallace and Mark Hudson in a back three.
“To get successive clean sheets and four points from a Saturday-Tuesday turnaround at home is good, especially given we leapfrogged Reading in the process,” David told htafc.com.
“Keeping clean sheets is massive. If you keep the opposition out, it gives you such a massive chance of winning.”
On Tuesday night’s win, the Canadian international said:
“It wasn’t necessarily a case of ‘bouncing back’ from Saturday, but that was a pretty slow tempo game and we started Tuesday night with a high intensity.
“To get that early goal settled the nerves and from thereon in we were pretty comfortable; they rarely threatened us, after a good 10 minute spell in the first-half. It was a good night for us; we were firing on all cylinders.
“Obviously it was my first home win as a Huddersfield player, so I’m happy to get that on the board. There’s not much more you can ask for than three goals, a clean sheet and a home win.”
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The win over the Royals featured a first goal in the blue and white stripes of Town for fellow January recruit Ishmael Miller; a goal Edgar remarked was popular amongst the squad:
“It was a popular one! It’s good for him to get his first goal and I thought he was fantastic throughout on Tuesday night.
“He gives opposition defences real problems. He’s a big, strong boy but he can run with the ball at his feet too. He’s a great out ball as a defender; you can clip the ball into him and he will do the rest!”
Since arriving on loan at the Club in January 2015, David has played in central defensive, full back and holding midfield roles – and even he’s not sure where he’s best deployed!
“It’s an argument that nobody will win!” he laughed. “I think the Manager sees me in a defensive midfield role, but both my wins in the Huddersfield team have come as a right-sided centre back!
“I like playing in central midfield, as I enjoy getting on the ball. When I’m higher up the field I can protect the defence, because I have that mind-set.
“However, the midfielders were fantastic on Tuesday night and we also have Conor Coady, who has been great since I arrived. There’s genuine competition for places everywhere.
“I’m here to do a job and I’m really enjoying my time at the Club, so I’ll play wherever the Manager asks me to. Hopefully I’ve done enough to prove to the Manager I can drop back into defence too.”
During the rest of the Sky Bet Championship season, Edgar wants to impress enough to be wanted by the Club come the end of the campaign:
“I have another year left at (parent club) Birmingham City, but opportunities always arise in football. Whatever happens, I’m here to do well for the Club and that’s my aim.
“I had a good start at Birmingham City and was enjoying my time, but now I’m here to do a job and I want to impress enough for people to be asking the question about my future at the end of the season.
“I was comfortable in the North West when I was at Burnley. My wife and little one went to look at nurseries in the area on Wednesday, so we’re happy. This is a really friendly club, as everyone says.”
For now, David’s focus is on the next game; Saturday’s away game at Charlton Athletic.
“Our recent away form, combined with the midweek win, stands us in good stead for Saturday. Hopefully we can keep our away run going.”
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